Gidge is a duo consisting of Jonatan Nilsson and Ludvig Stolterman from Umeå, in the north of Sweden. Jonatan and Ludvig met in school at the age of 16 and quickly became good friends. They had a mutual interest for electronic music, and in their second year together, after taking a Sound Production class, they started producing music. Nine years later, they released their debut LP ”Autumn Bells” through Dutch label Atomnation.
“Autumn Bells” was an effort from the two to make an electronic album that derived out of natural sounds and moods. Using the woods and widths of the north as their main source of inspiration, the LP became a mixture of electronic music and organic elements, such as wooden and stone percussions that the duo recorded in the forests outside of Umeå. Together with melancholic vocal samples and warm, fuzzy chord progressions, the music of Gidge seemed to affect their audience in an emotional way, which eventually resulted in the duo taking the top spot as Best New Artist at XLR8R’s readers poll of 2014, as well as the LP ending up on numerous Best of 2014-lists.