Gustaf Fjelstrom is a San Francisco Bay Area artist, musician, and producer. As an independent artist focused on instrumental composition, Gustaf thrives in the tangents between ambient, electronic, and post-rock music.
As a founding member of the progressive power-trio Maximum Indifference in the late ’90’s, Gustaf created a unique body of cinematic instrumental rock music. By 2009, Gustaf had completed his inaugural solo release, METAMESMERIC, which featured his live-looping approach on the electric bass cello.
In 2015, Gustaf released INTENTION, a collection of ambient, downtempo, post-rock pieces. The music composed for INTENTION represents a full-spectrum approach, incorporating ambient textures, nostalgic washes of analog synths, layers of live drums and programmed rhythms, etherial vocals, and rich, luxurious bass guitar.
In 2016 Gustaf began writing and recording the follow-up to INTENTION. By the fall he had amassed enough material for several albums. He released the EP DIAMETRIC in October as a precursor to what was to come, and quickly turned his attention to the production of the first installment of what will become a three-album cycle.
THE PERIPHERAL ARC : VOLUME I was mixed, mastered, and ready to go by the spring of 2017. A successful Kickstarter campaign secured the manufacturing costs, enabling the release of the album on vinyl, in addition to compact disc and digital platforms.
THE PERIPHERAL ARC : VOLUME I is an exploration of complex soundscapes composed in a mature musical narrative evocative of the many layered emotional and rational components that create intent and purpose in each of our lives. It continues on the trajectory of some of the higher energy moments of INTENTION, while delving deeper into the realms of ambient bass guitar, analog synths, and lush, etherial textures—and of course, massive “regular” bass.
THE PERIPHERAL ARC: VOLUME I is the latest in Gustaf’s journey of musical composition that blends sound and emotion to create fundamental audio narratives.