Duellen, the vehicle of singer/songwriter Joakim Jakobsson, emerged on the Swedish pop scene in 2011 with the release of an eponymous EP. Initially a duet, the band soon turned into a five-piece. In 2012, the new lineup signed with A West Side Fabrication and played venues like Debaser and Katalin. The band’s second single, Fabriken, was played on P3 (Swedish Radio) and got favorable reviews on music blogs. Duellen combine ethereal synth and guitar soundscapes with rhythmic basslines and drum beats, yet retaining a strong emphasis on lyrics and song structure.