Archives December 2018

Weserbergland – «Very Kosmich, Ganz Progisch»

Artist: Weserbergland

Album: «Sehr Kosmich, Ganz Progisch» (2017)

Record company: Apollon Records

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Ketil Vestrum Einarsen has played in the proverb band, White Willow for over 20 years, besides the fact, a little unknown ringwave in Norwegian music life for those who do not read linernotes. Vestrum Einarsen has played flute on over fifty recordings with everything from Jaga Jazzist to Motorpsycho . « Sehr Kosmich, Ganz Progisch » is his first solo album and may sound like an esoteric interrelation between the two mentioned bands paired with a hint of Mike Oldfield Anno “Tubular Bells”. Fans of Tortoise will also appreciate Weserbergland , I think. In my ears, there is more post-rock than prog-rock in this concept.

It is thus instrumental and, as the title sheds, quite prodigy, not to say crowded. The term is not so far away from The Megaphonic Thrift ‘s more synth-laden moments and Electric Eye when they let the guitars lie, but Weserbergland is possibly chopped more nerdy than the mentioned band. There are also some guitar solos on this album, a little Terje Rypdal’s ke, broad-knit 80’s cut on the blazer. We are also talking seriously long recordings here (the record has only four tracks), with sweeps resulting in this listening in inner images of spacecraft running slowly through asteroid belts.

«Sehr Kosmich, Ganz Progisch» is an ambitious piece of work. The four complex compositions have multiple soundtracks lying on top of each other and amounts of orthodox / unorthodox instruments are used on the recording. The plate is hot and quite soothing, but not over. It’s a good idea to process all the information here without getting heavy in your head. But it’s great to get rid of some simple piano songs afterwards, maybe. To relieve pressure.

An artist who calls himself Weserbergland and debuting with a disc whose name is ” Sehr Kosmich, Ganz Progisch ” can not be accused of having so many commercial legs in the body . At the same time, it should be said that this album is by no means dissuasive hardcore progete in the expression and should initially be able to appeal relatively broadly (within the limits of reasonability), but without alienating prog enthusiasts.

 


Top 5: 70’s Electronic Music

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1. Tangerine Dream: Encore (1977)

Really impossible to pick out an album of The Dream from the 70’s as the best. When the choice falls on Encore (recorded live on the US tour in March and April ’77), it is primarily because this album shows the different sides of the band in an excellent way. Here find s the hottest sequencer rhythms ever attached to the plate grooves, some of the best Froese made at el. guitar, romantic / melodious parties (including Monolight theme ), and it’s all crowned with Desert Dream (page 4 on the original double-LP) – a 17 min. masterpieces where the group is at its most introverted and creates sounds and moods of supernatural beauty. Important also historically, since this was the last album with the classic crew Froese / Franke / Baumann. Peter B. left TD after this tour.

 

2: Klaus Schulze: Mirage (1977)

Typically Schulze, in the sense that the album consists of two approx. 30 minutes long track of pure cosmic magic. The album has the subtitle “Eine elektronische Winterlandschaft”, creating a completely unique atmosphere of cold and foreignity. The perfect soundtrack for the winters we have had here in Norway in recent years.

 

3: Ashra: New Age of Earth (1977)

Solo album by guitarist Manuel Göttsching (formerly Ash Ra Temple), and one of the most successful examples where synther is mixed with electricity. guitar. The titles say most about the mood the music creates: Sunrain , Ocean of Tend erness , Deep Distance and Nightdust.

 

4: Kraftwerk: Autobahn (1974)

After three more experimental albums (published 1971-73), Kraftwerk with Autobahn finds its “style”, as they themselves referred to as robot pop. With this album they lay the foundation for later genres such as synth pop, hip-hop and techno, and the list of artists who have received inspiration from Schneider, Hütter & co. is long.

 

5: Vangelis: Beauborg (1978)

For those who only know Vangelis as a film composer or through the collaboration with Jon Anderson, this may be a bit of a shock. This is advanced experimental electronic music without the hint of melody and could as well be placed under the heading of contemporary music.

 


Haakon Ellingsen – “What would happen in Dakar”?

“What would happen in Dakar” is not to be found on the newly released album of Haakon Ellingsen, “We’re warming up now.” Musically speaking, this is the last song from Haakon’s sessions with Andreas Mjøs from Jaga Jazzist.

Do we hear some Beatles here? A little Roy Orbison – with its “big to minor” progressions? Nevertheless, a nice and catchy pop song for a long and hot summer in Norway’s glass country, featuring a subtle sound image, writes Haakon in an email to me, giving us a touch of how the music landscape “What would happen in Dakar” is located. The expression, as Hakon points out, is subtle.

So let’s not find the newly released long play record “We’re Warming Now”. And since none of us in the editors has caused us to listen to the new album to Haakon Ellingsen, I sent the following mail to Haakon: Like, let’s tell you how this song is relative to the rest of the album?

– Yes, the soundtrack reminds me of the rest of the album: Producer Andreas Mjøs (Jaga Jazzist) is due to “his own line” where he likes to strip it down and sound it in his own way. Is there just a perc on the record, no drums.

Source of inspiration
– This is the most Beatles-inspired song in this series (chords, vocals, melody, groove) … Beatles learned some tricks of Roy Orbison and I think about the period 1962-64.

The text
– This text is made in an apartment in Oslo, while much of the other is on tour (Argentina, Chile, Lisbon, Eidskog at the Swedish border …). A little bit of Beatles-like song that you could probably arrange so it sounded really early 60’s, but then we did not … I thought it was a little different from what came on the (LP) disc, so it’s becoming released as single. We also had a bit of space problems.

video
– Here is a video where I and Gaute Storsve played at a very nice event organized by Sofar Sounds Oslo. September September is from the last mentioned album that came earlier this spring. It’s about a break that happens in the fall of September, which appears to be a double sentence for something that’s over.

 

Over to “What would happen in Dakar?” Hang in the hammock a lazy summer day and let a cool breeze cool down while Haakon Ellingsen sings about Mohama, writing our reviewer on the album “Bounty” . The same description is given to Haakon Ellingen‘s new song “What would happen in Dakar?”. Enjoy.

 


Martin Scorsese retrospective – exhibition

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Martin Scorcese has directed the crackling good concert film “The Last Waltz”

Martin Scorsese lives in the best possible way. Presumably, he speaks 180 km / h this moment. Scorsese is always up to date, either as a director, producer, actor or author.

However, there is no other reason for this exhibition than that he as a director has a long career behind him with an exciting and varied catalog. He has sneaked into most genres. Comedy – The King of Comedy (1982), thriller – Cape Fear (1991), The Departed (2006), drama – Alice lives here no longer (1974) and a fierce rocky music documentary – George Harrison: Living in the Material World ) The Last Waltz (1978) about The Band, Shine a light (2008) about The Rolling Stones and many more.

These are just some of the goodies from Deichman’s rich archives. The exhibition is in yellow zone at the main library.

 

In the exhibition:

Feature films:

Alice does not live here anymore (1974)

Cape Fear (1990)

Casino (1995)

Gangs of New York (2002)

Hugo (2011)

The King of Comedy (1982)

Kundun (1997)

Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Mean Streets (1974)

Night at Manhattan (1985)

New York Stories (1989)

Raging Bull (1980)

Shutter Island (2010)

Taxi Driver (1976)

The Aviator (2004)

The Departed (2006)

Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

 

documentaries:

Shine a Light (2008)

The Last Waltz (1978)

Feel Like Going Home (2003)

George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

My Voyage to Italy (1999)

 

Books:

Scorsese on Scorsese (1996)

The Cinema of Martin Scorsese, by Lawrence S. Freidman (1997)

Martin Scorsese, by Andy Dougan (1997)

All the films can be searched here: https://www.deichman.no/

 

Scorsese has made many other movies that are not featured on this list. Movies such as Mafiabrødre (1990) and, for example, Bringing Out the Dead (1999). We do not have these films at the Main Library, but at some of Deichman’s branches. Of course, they can be ordered online.

 


Astrosaur should blame fans of Motorpsycho

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Astrosaur should definitely appease fans of Motorpsycho, we write in our review of debut album and trill a femmer on the dice. On Friday 26th of May, Astrosaur will release release for the debut album “Fade In // Space Out” at Krøsset in Oslo. The tracks were originally made to work in a live set. The idea was to create a coherent work that brought the listener on a sonic journey, through time and space, and through different styles and moods, linked by a whole through the concert, Astrosaur reports. On Friday the 26th of May you can experience live live Krøsset in Oslo. You have to bring it to you!

The only guitar trio format gives the members a big playroom musical set:

“We dig to fill the room with a lot of amplifiers, harsh effects and big drums and just pushe the limits of what we can do with our instruments. It gives a huge sense of freedom. No matter how to organize a band, the vocalist will always be the one who gets the most attention. It never goes wrong. The most important role of instrumentalists is to back the vocalist and never get in the way of text and melody. We would not have anything in Astrosaur. We wanted a band where all members are equal and where music can speak for themselves so we did not want a diva. In Astrosaur we can all be Divaer. “- Steinar Glas

 

Take the trip to Krøsset in Oslo on 26 May. Warm up with debut plate . Monstereo is support.

 


Single Review: Kristian Torgalsen – “No One Told You”

Artist: Kristian Torgalsen

Let: “No One Told You” 

The song is strictly built over the same chords as Stevie Wonder ‘s “Easy” , but it may be okay. “No One Told You” is a remodeled song, a real great initiative to be a debutant. Torgalsen is produced by Martin Horntveth and has bought strings from Macedonia. The song is nice and delicious soft rock with an eim of 70’s. FM rock. It is oh so beautiful.

Kristian Torgalsen has a robust voice, one hears the quality immediately . There is some John Mayer- like here, which probably shows the dollar signs the eyes of the big record bosses. Some have interrogated Dennis Wilson ‘s Pacific Ocean Blue. The torgalsen seems a bit smoother, at least in the first part. Possible album offers more width.

Here is an artist of such fierce caliber that he is pulled straight up in the premier division without qualification in the lower divisions. With him on the team, he has some of the heaviest shooting on a Norwegian scene, just check this gang: David Wallumrød, Amund Maarud, Martin Windstad, Olaf Olsen, Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen and Martin Horntveth. This whole project reminds us of the studio project Band of Gold last year. It also came a bit out of the blue and PANG – super-established, and played, or rather: performed the debut album at Øya’s Main Scene.

But such is the case with great talents like this. Michael Kiwanuka also debuted with quite a costly production. Julian Berntzen from Bergen played in the Grieghallen with the Philharmonic in his back one week after he had dragged his first chord on a Norwegian scene (an exaggeration, but practically). But something special is needed to make progress in this career. And Kristian Torgalsen has something special. His voice feels very solid. “No One Told You” is not a breakup just, but it has been performed genre practice, clever and delicious, as mentioned. It is not a hairdresser in Norway who changes the channel when this song comes on. It’s also a bit of a joy, but still has some kind of timeless quality. You must not always have disharmony. Or resistance. But the danger of it is that it slides as easily into one ear as it glides out of the other.