The two men behind This Vision, singer Marcus Lantz and synthesizer player/programmer Christian Liedholm Hartmann, have known each other since their early teens, growing up on the same street in a suburban town outside Helsingborg in southern Sweden. They had both been playing music for several years when they first started playing together. Marcus was 17, and Christian 16 years old at the time. In the seven years that followed, they played various kinds of pop and rock music but it wasn’t until 2005 they started to experiment with synthesizers and programming under the name This Vision. The first recordings resulted in the four-track demo Young Hearts that was characterized by distorted vocals, floating synth leads and a big dose of melancholy.
Instead of taking their music to the stage, the duo decided to focus on recording its first studio album. About a year later, in October 2009, the self-entitled album “This Vision” was released on Devotion Records – a label they had founded earlier the same year. The album, electronic synth-pop influenced by the sound of the 80’s, was very well received, both by the public and the critics who predicted a great future for the band.
As a result of the hard work with producing and promoting the debut album, Marcus and Christian lost the spark in music creativity and it took about six months before it was re-discovered. A new album slowly started to take form. Finally, at the end of 2011, the second album was finished. With the new album This Vision has introduced more acoustic elements and more warmth into the music. The album can shortly be described as ”big melancholic soundscapes with lyrics about a lost youth”.