Anna Själv Tredje

Anna Själv Tredje were a Swedish electronic duo that released the popular album Tussilago Fanfara on the Silence label in 1977. Keyboardist Ingemar Ljungström subsequently headed the space-rock/coldwave combos Cosmic Overdose and Twice a Man.

Members: Ingemar Ljungström [aka Karl Gasleben] (keyboards), Mikael Bojén (keyboards, guitar)

Anna Själv Tredje centered on the musical partnership of Ljungström and guitarist/keyboardist Mikael Bojén, who forged one of the nation’s first musical alliances to draw upon the Berlin school (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Ash Ra Temple).

Tussilago Fanfara was released in 1977 on the progressive local-press Silence Records (Bo Hansson, Kebnekaise, Samla Mammas Manna, Fläsket Brinner, Turid, Dimmornas Bro). The album is bookended by two medium-length pieces: “Mossen” and “Tusen år & sju Timmar.” The interior consists of two lengthy numbers: “Ankomster Utanfor Tiden” and “Den Barbariska Söndagen.” The recordings took place between Jan. 11 and April 11, 1977, and supervised by one Lars Engdahl. The artwork is credited to Swedish photographer Tom Benson.

Ljungström briefly joined Ragnarök and played on the 1980 album Biomusik by Kai Martin & STICK! That same year, he adopted the name Karl Gasleben and issued his first of two albums with Cosmic Overdose. That project evolved into Twice a Man, which yielded multiple albums across the decade on self-press Xenophone International.


  • Tussilago Fanfara (1977)


1 thought on “Anna Själv Tredje

  1. A curious mix from a land that doesn’t produce much in the way of electronic music. “Mossen” combines elements of the Berlin School and horror/soundtrack-synth sounds for an overall chilling, uniquely Scandinavian effect. “Ankomster Utanför Tiden” reflects Heldon with its Pinhas-like guitar layers — I also hear what sounds like primitive, toy-organ work in places, ala Wapassou. The second half is more German-like in style. “Den Barbariska Söndagen” is a lengthy exercise in Phaedra/Stratosfear-style atmospherics, while “Tusen år & Sju Timmar” echoes Ash Ra Temple with its Göttsching-like guitar figures. Good stuff.

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