Stockholm artist Markus Svensson returns with his fifth full-length as The Tarantula Waltz on November 8, the follow-up to 2017’s breakthrough record Blue As In Bliss. Having made his debut back in 2007 with The Tarantula Waltz, Svensson’s come a long way since those early days – touring around the world with the likes of The War on Drugs and The Tallest Man on Earth, while receiving the attention of the likes of Uncut, BrooklynVegan, Consequence of Sound and The Line of Best Fit. All while becoming a father of two and slowly but surely establishing himself as one of Sweden’s most interesting songwriters.

The new album, titled Kallocain, is inspired by Swedish author and poet Karin Boye’s 1940 novel by the same name – a dystopian tale of the truth serum Kallocain and the dizzying idea of total sincerity. Returning to the studio with Blue As In Bliss producer Christoffer Roth and the same set of musicians, Kallocain is a deeply personal record, born out of a sudden change in life and the need to cope with it – a therapeutic writing process without any filters, about overcoming and about reaching the ones around you.

I wrote these songs cause I needed to, not to show to anyone else really. I like to think of them as letters that my kids can read when they're old enough to understand them. One of my children has autism, which is an incredible challenge as well as extremely instructive and rewarding. My entire life is focused around this now, and so is this record – my life has entirely changed its focus and the music is the only thing that's still here from my old life, for which I'm very glad."

Kallocain will be released on November 8 via Sony Music Sweden,