David Åhlén – All the way my saviour leads me


Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?
The early 70s, people move through the city. They have the youth, the looks – have sideburns, long hair – and use megaphones to sing their songs of praise. The sun streams and they clasp each other’s shoulders. “Jesus Is Lord,” the banners say, “Hallelujah,” Jesus Is Our Hope.” They are the so called ‘Jesus people’ – a charismatic movement (prophecy, speaking in tongues, healing the sick and what not) in the 60-70’s – walking toward Kungsträdgården, Stockholm hoping to reach the lost…

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It’s 2014 son of a ‚Jesus people’ – couple ‚David Ahlen’ is singing his songs of praise now too. His unique voice is sheer as the thinnest light; but very deep as a well and really touches listeners for many years in Sweden now. For the 70th birthday of David’s father, David recorded his father’s favorite hymns as a personal gift. David’s father was a preacher and traveled with his family from town to town to spread the gospel. Years later these beautifully recorded hymns have found their way on this ep called ‚All the way my saviour leads me’. The songs of David (what’s in the name…?) are short stories about faith, longing, life and also death. They are not your average gospel-tunes but have their own meaning, tone of voice and are very minimal too. Today David lives with family (wife and 5 kids) on the island of Gotland (in the Baltic sea) in a monastic community like it was 1971 again…

1. All the way my saviour leads me
2. Great is Thy faithfulness
3. Holy, holy, holy
4. Tell me the story of Jesus
5. Rock of ages

“his fragile voice is ineffably beautiful,” Textura magazine, Canada

“A lovely slice of Swedish folk music” Sideways Through Sound, Australia

“He really has an amazing voice” Who needs a genre.The album embodies his minimal aesthetic, with stripped down Baroque string arrangements and Åhléns unadorned vocal style”, the Wire Magazine
“David Ahlen manages to convey the emotional sense of a spiritual world in a stripped down simplicity displaying a raw and unafraid voice.” Cyclic Defrost