Karl Tore Jakob Stenseke is a philosopher and music producer who was born in Sweden. In the early 2000s, he was the guitarist and saxophonist for Zekes, a Swedish rock band that was nominated for a Grammy. In 2012, he published his debut indie-pop album, The Key Key, which was self-produced and self-distributed.
Since then, he has worked with the Malmö (Sweden)-based indie band Feelium, on two studio albums and two EPs. ”Pippi is dead. And we killed her” an EP released in 2019 by Karl Jakob, marked his return as Karl Jakob. The title is a reference to Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous “God is dead” quotation, which he used to represent the concept that the Enlightenment had “killed” the possibility of believing in God.
According to his interpretation, Pippi Longstocking — possibly the most renowned of Astrid Lindgren’s characters, having served as a symbol of both young vigour and naivete throughout her teenage years — is the one who has been slain. This signals the conclusion of a happy childhood and the beginning of a new chapter in one’s life.
While the EP garnered a lot of positive feedback from the worldwide blogosphere, it was also a welcome respite from the mountain of unfinished songs that had been plaguing him for more than seven years before it was published (it was originally planned to be released in 2014). Following his liberation, he had a remarkable burst of creativity and determination to create and complete additional songs, which culminated in the 2020 EP “Floating heads in the sky.”
In working with Karl Jakob, the overarching goal is to utilise songwriting as a kind of therapy to help him articulate his deepest feelings. Furthermore, it is a melodic indie-pop album that is honest, private, and minimalistic in nature, including genre-defying aspects of electronica, jazz, classical music, and contemplating on personal and universal topics such as adolescence, lost love, and sadness.
A beautiful piano ballad, “All the Way” makes no excuses for its beauty. In it, he expresses his inner conflict between the passionate/immediate sensation of love and the rational/long-term critique of the same illness.