Gubemusic albums http://www.gubemusic.com/ Gubemusic online store. en-us 2010 Gubemusic BeadyBelle - On My Own http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79898 http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79898 Fast Forward Eats The Tape - Victor HR-3300 http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79886 http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79886 Susanna - Triangle (24bits96kHz) http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79862 <p>Susanna’s first soloalbum since 2012, and her eleventh album in total, is a mastodont of a singer/songwriter release. Near 70 minutes of intensely expressive, deeply felt and spiritually probing lyrics, presented and performed in layers of voice, electronics, effects and programming together with instruments as piano, violin and tuba. The artist known for  personal interpretations of songs by Joy Division, Leonard Cohen and AC/DC among others but also her strong originals , has dissected her own musical expression, collaborations and projects, and put the pieces together again creating a unique and diverse world for her songs.<br /><br />‘Triangle’ is composed, arranged, played, recorded and produced by Susanna. Musicians from Norwegian bands like Supersilent, Broen, Moskus, Splashgirl and Sudan Dudan participated alongside americans Alison Chesley (Helen Money) and Emmett Kelly (The Cairo Gang).<br /><br />Even in this golden age for female singer-songwriters, Susanna stands out. Her vocal has become ever more versatile and fluid, recalling at times Kate Bush, the Laurel Canyon balladry of Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro, or the acrobatics of the Cocteau Twins’ Liz Fraser. But it’s always recognisably her own: calm and determined in the face of enormous forces and looming fears. On the terrifying ‘This / Phenomena’ it’s distorted into a digital mush, while on ‘We Don’t Belong’ it’s multitracked to a lush and enveloping chorus. Muted electro track ‘Hole’ features Anja Lauvdal and Heida Mobeck from rising art pop group Broen besides Skrap, Skadedyr and Moskus – not since Prince in the mid-80s has an existential religious crisis been so beautifully expressed with the tools of electronic pop.<br /><br />Triangle is soul music for lost souls.<br /><br /> <br /><br /><b>Personnel:</b><br /><br />Susanna: voice, pianos, autoharp, keyboards, effects, noise, samples and programming<br /><br />Music and lyrics composed by Susanna<br /><br />Pyramid composed by Susanna and Helge Sten<br /><br />Arranged by Susanna, and in collaborations with the musicians<br /><br />Produced by Susanna<br /><br />’Hole’ co-produced by Anja Lauvdal and Heida Mobeck, ’In The Need Of A Shepherd’ co-produced by Fredrik Wallumrød, ’Triangle’ and ’Under Water’ co-produced by Deathprod<br /><br />Harpreet Bansal: violin on ’Before the Altar’, ’In My Blood’ and ’Pyramid’<br /><br />Alison Chesley (Helen Money): cello and cello arrangement on ’The Fire’<br /><br />Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen: orchestral percussion on ’Under Water’ and ’Triangle’<br /><br />Hans Hulbækmo: drums and percussion on ’Hole’<br /><br />Emmett Kelly: guitar on ’Texture Within’, ’In My Blood’, ’For My Sins’ and ’Pyramid’<br /><br />Anja Lauvdal: synths and piano on ’Hole’<br /><br />Andreas S. Løwe: synths on ’We Don’t Belong’, ’Death Hanging’, ’The Fire’, ’Texture Within’ and ’This / Phenomena’<br /><br />Heida K. J. Mobeck: tuba and effects on ’Hole’<br /><br />Jo Berger Myhre: double bass, baryton guitar and effects on ’Purple’, ’Fear and Terror’, ’Under Water’, ’Death Hanging’, ’Triangle’ and ’Decomposing’<br /><br />Rolf-Erik Nystrøm: saxophone on ’The Fire’ and ’Born Again’<br /><br />Laura Marie Rueslåtten: hand bells on ’We Don’t Belong’ and ’For My Sins’<br /><br />Anders Røine: guitar, langeleik, munnharpe on ’Death Hanging’ and ’Decomposing’<br /><br />Jessica Sligter: vocals on ’Death Hanging’<br /><br />Helge Sten: guitar, programming, editing on ’We Don’t Belong’ and ’Triangle’, editing on ’Hole’<br /><br />Fredrik Wallumrød: programming, synths on ’In The Need Of A Shepherd’</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79862 Susanna - Triangle http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79838 <p>Susanna’s first soloalbum since 2012, and her eleventh album in total, is a mastodont of a singer/songwriter release. Near 70 minutes of intensely expressive, deeply felt and spiritually probing lyrics, presented and performed in layers of voice, electronics, effects and programming together with instruments as piano, violin and tuba. The artist known for  personal interpretations of songs by Joy Division, Leonard Cohen and AC/DC among others but also her strong originals , has dissected her own musical expression, collaborations and projects, and put the pieces together again creating a unique and diverse world for her songs.<br /><br />‘Triangle’ is composed, arranged, played, recorded and produced by Susanna. Musicians from Norwegian bands like Supersilent, Broen, Moskus, Splashgirl and Sudan Dudan participated alongside americans Alison Chesley (Helen Money) and Emmett Kelly (The Cairo Gang).<br /><br />Even in this golden age for female singer-songwriters, Susanna stands out. Her vocal has become ever more versatile and fluid, recalling at times Kate Bush, the Laurel Canyon balladry of Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro, or the acrobatics of the Cocteau Twins’ Liz Fraser. But it’s always recognisably her own: calm and determined in the face of enormous forces and looming fears. On the terrifying ‘This / Phenomena’ it’s distorted into a digital mush, while on ‘We Don’t Belong’ it’s multitracked to a lush and enveloping chorus. Muted electro track ‘Hole’ features Anja Lauvdal and Heida Mobeck from rising art pop group Broen besides Skrap, Skadedyr and Moskus – not since Prince in the mid-80s has an existential religious crisis been so beautifully expressed with the tools of electronic pop.<br /><br />Triangle is soul music for lost souls.<br /><br /> <br /><br /><b>Personnel:</b><br /><br />Susanna: voice, pianos, autoharp, keyboards, effects, noise, samples and programming<br /><br />Music and lyrics composed by Susanna<br /><br />Pyramid composed by Susanna and Helge Sten<br /><br />Arranged by Susanna, and in collaborations with the musicians<br /><br />Produced by Susanna<br /><br />’Hole’ co-produced by Anja Lauvdal and Heida Mobeck, ’In The Need Of A Shepherd’ co-produced by Fredrik Wallumrød, ’Triangle’ and ’Under Water’ co-produced by Deathprod<br /><br />Harpreet Bansal: violin on ’Before the Altar’, ’In My Blood’ and ’Pyramid’<br /><br />Alison Chesley (Helen Money): cello and cello arrangement on ’The Fire’<br /><br />Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen: orchestral percussion on ’Under Water’ and ’Triangle’<br /><br />Hans Hulbækmo: drums and percussion on ’Hole’<br /><br />Emmett Kelly: guitar on ’Texture Within’, ’In My Blood’, ’For My Sins’ and ’Pyramid’<br /><br />Anja Lauvdal: synths and piano on ’Hole’<br /><br />Andreas S. Løwe: synths on ’We Don’t Belong’, ’Death Hanging’, ’The Fire’, ’Texture Within’ and ’This / Phenomena’<br /><br />Heida K. J. Mobeck: tuba and effects on ’Hole’<br /><br />Jo Berger Myhre: double bass, baryton guitar and effects on ’Purple’, ’Fear and Terror’, ’Under Water’, ’Death Hanging’, ’Triangle’ and ’Decomposing’<br /><br />Rolf-Erik Nystrøm: saxophone on ’The Fire’ and ’Born Again’<br /><br />Laura Marie Rueslåtten: hand bells on ’We Don’t Belong’ and ’For My Sins’<br /><br />Anders Røine: guitar, langeleik, munnharpe on ’Death Hanging’ and ’Decomposing’<br /><br />Jessica Sligter: vocals on ’Death Hanging’<br /><br />Helge Sten: guitar, programming, editing on ’We Don’t Belong’ and ’Triangle’, editing on ’Hole’<br /><br />Fredrik Wallumrød: programming, synths on ’In The Need Of A Shepherd’</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79838 AndrásSchiff - Franz Schubert http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79734 http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79734 AndrásSchiff - Franz Schubert (96kHz/24bit) http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79712 http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79712 BUGGE &FRIENDS - Play It http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79703 <p>Finally. My new project beeing released. 4 years ago we debuted at Oslo Jazzfestival with this band of great friends and people i admire. We all have in common trying to fuse jazz and organic music with electronic sounds and ideas. All produced by legend Joe Claussell, New York Body and Soul. The man. So proud!</p> <p> </p> <p>Bugge</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79703 Farvel - Rök http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79639 <p>Farvels debut album on Jazzland. Im so happy about this, been following them for a long time and see Farvel as one of the major talents of the nordic jazz scene(Bugge Wesseltoft).</p> <p>Isabels remarkable voice, melodic lines melted with sounds and strong lyrics really makes this group special.</p> <p>Awards:</p> <p> </p> <p>"Jazzkatten" Up&amp;Coming Group 2012</p> <p>Award from the Swedish National Radio</p> <p> </p> <p>"Young Nordic Jazz Comets" 2010</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Reviews of "Isabel Sörling Farvel" debut album 2012:</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>”Winner of the 2010 Young Nordic Jazz Comets, singer Isabel Sörling and her group</p> <p>(…) delivered an early evening set that will surely go down as one of Umeå 2012's best shows.”</p> <p>– John Kelman, All about jazz</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>”Isabel Sörling Farvel debuts with what may be</p> <p>this year’s Swedish jazz record.”</p> <p>– Ystad Allehanda</p> <p> </p> <p>➍</p> <p>"...A farewell to the safe and predictable, (...), that is how the music on this fine album is.</p> <p>Delicate and fragile so you have to listen carefully, with the start of something heavier</p> <p>and more solid, just to slowly dissolve."</p> <p>- Jan Strand, Orkesterjournalen</p> <p> </p> <p>”Farvel is an ear-opening, very fascinating and</p> <p>almost unbelievable promise ..."</p> <p>- Bengt Eriksson, LIRA</p> <p> </p> <p>★★★★</p> <p>“This is a record to LISTEN to.”</p> <p>– Anna Wallentin, Västerbottens folkblad</p> <p> </p> <p>"...with nerve and dramaturgy in small spaces…”</p> <p>- Johannes Cornell, DN</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79639 ErikHonorè - Heliographs http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79619 <p>Musician, record producer and author Erik Honoré (born 1966) has contributed as a musician and producer to more than 50 records with artists as diverse as David Sylvian, Eivind Aarset, Arve Henriksen and Brian Eno/Peter Schwalm.<br /> <br />“Heliographs” is, astonishingly, his first solo project, and one can only speculate as to why this is the case. This is a well-integrated and personal debut album that opens up a complete world of sound that the listener can hardly bear to leave behind.<br /> <br />Most of “Heliographs” was recorded in Honoré’s home studio in Oslo, but much of the source material consists of samples that were taken from concerts and live remixes. “I recorded the first tracks in August 2013, and it took a few months before I realised that this could be a solo album. Because even though the elements I had used were drawn from very different places, such as earlier sketches, samples from concerts and also completely new material, there was a musical narrative that began to take shape.”<br /> <br />In the early 2000s Erik Honoré had three books published. According to him, the titles and narrative on “Heliographs” were derived from elements in the first novel he published, “Orakelveggen”. “The album title comes from the opening chapter of the book, which is a fictional account of the development of the very first photograph. The inventor Joseph Niépce called this process heliography, which means sun-writing.”<br /> <br />Many people associate Erik Honoré with the Punkt Festival and Honoré’s collaborative partner Jan Bang. They are both artistic directors, and have known each other and worked together since they were teenagers. “We met through our common interest in artists we later got to know through the Punkt Festival and other collaborations: David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, and Laurie Anderson,” says Honoré.<br /> <br />In 2005, together with Bang, Honoré established the Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, where concerts that have just taken place are remixed live in another room. The idea is to improvise with sampling. “This turned out to be a completely new, original and effective way of creating music, and the concept has obviously been interesting for both musicians and audiences,” says Honoré. In recent years Punkt Festival spin-offs have taken place in Paris, London, Tallinn, Wroclaw and several cities in Germany.<br /> <br />A long list of Honoré’s regular collaborators from Norwegian improvisational music’s top echelon appear on “Heliographs”, including Ingar Zach (Huntsville, Dans Les Arbres), Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang and Arve Henriksen, in addition to the Dutch violinist Jeffrey Bruinsma from Zapp 4.<br /> <br />What really stands out is vocalist and improviser Sidsel Endresen’s contribution, which becomes something like a running theme throughout the album. On “Heliographs”, Honoré’s sure hand leads us through everything from lovely, undulating, soaring improvisation to jogging, electronic ambient and sample-based chamber music. This is introvert music with a bite, which is at the same time very direct. Highly recommended!<br /> <br />The album will be released both as a CD and as a 180g LP in 500 copies with a gatefold sleeve, with a CD included.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79619 SteinUrheim - Stein Urheim http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79612 <p>The Bergen-based guitarist Stein Urheim (b. 1979) made a profound impression with his album Kosmolodi, which was released in an extremely limited edition on vinyl in 2012. Now he is back, with a playful and cohesive eponymous album where he takes his very idiosyncratic instrumental music to new and subtle heights. On this album, in addition to guitars Urheim plays a wide variety of stringed instruments from different corners of the world.</p> <p>Urheim’s music is permeated by a kind of exoticism. It is thoughtful without losing its sense of humour. The influences of jazz, North American and West African blues, and folk music from all over the world are obvious. Urheim himself says that among his sources of inspiration are the American composers Lou Harrison and Steve Reich, Chinese gu qin music, langeleik (Norwegian zither) music from Valdres, and Ornette Coleman.</p> <p>While Kosmolodi was recorded over a period of time in a number of different places, Urheim decided to take a different approach this time. Much of the album was recorded with sound technician Audun Strype in Lysøen, the magnificent home of the legendary violinist Ole Bull outside of Bergen, in January 2013. The wooden house, ice-cold at that time of year, has a fantastic atmosphere and warm acoustics. The recording was later completed and mixed at Duper Studio in Bergen with technician and producer Jørgen Træen.</p> <p>Stein Urheim has already released two critically acclaimed albums on Bugge Wesseltoft’s Jazzland label together with singer and musician Mari Kvien Brunvoll. He has been a member of Gabriel Fliflet’s band Åresong and HP Gundersen’s highly respected drone band The Last Hurrah.</p> <p>The LP comes in a 180g audiophile pressing, includes CD and is limited to 500 copies.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79612 Krokofant - Krokofant http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79604 <p>This young, semi-improvising power trio – Tom Hasslan (guitars), Axel Skalstad (drums) and Jørgen Mathisen (saxophone) – typify a new and invigorating movement currently sweeping across the Nordic region: hard boiled improvisation and strong instrumental personalities bolted onto rock beats and driving rhythms. Live, Krokofant pull no punches, sounding off like some unholy three-way marriage of early 70s jazz rock (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Terje Rypdal, Ray Russell), the sprawling progressive odysseys of King Crimson and Henry Cow, and the fierce heat of Peter Brötzmann’s harsh free jazz ensembles. Originally a guitar and drums duo, Tom and Axel met at a guitar shop in Kongsberg, a town in southern Norway famous for its annual jazz festival, where they developed a strong bond playing free music together. In 2012 they hooked up with saxophonist Jørgen, who already had a reputation in musical circles after playing in groups like Shagma, The Core and Zanussi Five. When the duo eventually decided to try to capture their unruly sound at the proudly analogue Engfelt &amp; Forsgren Studio in Oslo, they invited Jørgen to join them, and the group was properly born during the sessions you can now hear on ”Krokofant”. They ally a strong discipline (check the precision riffing of the intro to ‘Supermann’) with wide, exploratory arcs (the closing, balladic epic, ‘Castaway’). Tom’s agile guitar and Jørgen’s snaking sax are always fighting to break out, just held in check by Axel’s tough, rhythmic tumble (which gets almost funky on ‘Bodega’). ‘Our mission: more prog to the people!’ says Tom. ‘Or having a good time playing what feels right in the moment.’</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79604 JonasAlaska - Jonas Alaska http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79592 <p>The young singer/songwriter Jonas Alaska had great success in Norway with his gold selling (15 000 copies) debut album, for which he was nominated for 3, and won the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) for “Best New Act” in 2011.</p> <p>The second album, If Only As A Ghost was recently released in Norway, again to much praise from the reviewers. The first single I Saw You Kid went straight to top 5 in the radio charts, and the album entered #4 in the Norwegian Billboard.</p> <p>Jonas operates within the Folk/Americana/ Pop genre, and writes strong personal lyrics, combined with clever, and sometimes shamelessly catchy tunes.</p> <p> </p> <p>Jonas Alaska has toured Norway extensively, and headlined most of the counties biggest festivals with his rock steady band. He has performed on most of the influencal TV shows in Norway, and positioned himself as one of the most respected new musicians to come out of Norway.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79592 Susanna - Flower Of Evil http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79576 <p>”Flower of Evil” is twelve sublime cover versions of mostly well known songs as well as two Susanna originals, all beautifully sung by one of the most exceptional new voices of recent years, lovely accompanied by her trusted band members Helge Sten (Deathprod, Supersilent) and Pål Hausken (In The Country) and with Bonnie ”Prince” Billy guesting on two songs. Whether it´s Thin Lizzy or Sandy Denny, Black Sabbath or Nico, Lou Reed or Abba, all are given the very personal Susanna treatment. Susanna is known as an extraordinary interpreter of songs, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and "Hallelujah" from Susanna and the Magical Orchestra´s "Melody Mountain" have been widely hailed as excellent versions of "difficult" songs.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79576 Bushman´sRevenge - Thou Shalt Boogie! http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79569 <p>Formed in 2003, the Oslo based trio are upfront about their love for the progressive rock of Cream and Jimi Hendrix, the galactic jazz of Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Sharrock and Alice Coltrane, plus the raw power of Black Sabbath and The Pixies. «Thou Shalt Boogie!» is their sixth album on Rune Grammofon and has a velvety, warm sound that was captured at Athletic Sound in Halden, Norway, a legendary old school studio with a 30-year history. Superbly paced, and poised in the indefinable zone between composing and improvisation, «Thou Shalt Boogie!» achieves a fine balance between brute heaviosity and meditative bliss. One of the two long set pieces on the record is the 17 minute «Baklengs Inn i Fuglekassa», which includes the shimmering drone of an Indian sruti box halfway through – an innovative touch that transports the track to an unearthly plane. The drone is a small tip of the hat to Alice Coltrane, her «Journey In Satchidananda» being one of guitarist Even´s favourite records. The trio were joined on this date by keyboardist David Wallumrød, whose Hammond organ tones provide silky washes of background colour.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79569 Evan Parker & JoeMcPhee - What If They Both Could Fly http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79564 <p>On a sultry July evening on an intimate stage at Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Norway, two elder statesmen of improvised music – one wearing a grey shirt, the other sporting a T-shirt with the legend ‘Thunder Pussy’ – stepped up to the platform. What followed resembled an in depth conversation between two old friends and sparring partners – one that ranged from the amicable to the argumentative, from hush to harmony. “What/If/They Both Could Fly” is only the second time this titanic pair have appeared as a duo on record. Their paths have crossed sporadically over the years: Evan has guested in Joe’s  Survival Unit III group, and they have frequently made up a trio with saxophonist Daunik Lazro. But their only release together has been “Chicago Tenor Duets”, back in 2000, praised in Jazz Times for its mixture of lyricism and complexity. Evan Parker was 68 when this concert was recorded and by now music just seems to beat within him, sure as his own heartbeat. McPhee, at 73, is the elder here, but his zaps of energy on the tiny pocket trumpet, and his thoughtful, exploratory lines and throbbing soprano sax overtones are played as vigorously as a man half his age. Listen to the amazing zigzags of interlocking sound about six minutes into opening track ‘What’. Hear the microtonal mayhem swarming at the start of ‘They Both Could Fly’. The duo never seek to dazzle with virtuosity, but their total mastery of their instruments allows them to dance around each other and match each other’s moves point for point and blow for blow. Play this and you’ll believe two men can fly.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79564 Motorpsycho - Behind The Sun http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79553 <p>"...One day in the 25th year of the Motorpsychodelic Union, the forces of D/Numbness were finally vanquished. Once again the intergalactic Four Norsemen of the Rock Avant could fly their veg zeppelin unchallenged across the solar plains, their mission complete and the righteous deed done! …for still they held sway, and on this day at least - somewhere Behind The Sun - they were triumphant!"<br /><br />As with the acclaimed ”Still Life With Eggplant” album, the recording was done in Brygga Studio in their hometown of Trondheim and once again includes the amazing Reine Fiske on guitars. Other guests are Ole Henrik Moe on viola and saw and Kari Rønnekleiv on violin. It´s safe to say that after 25 years Motorpsycho has cemented their position as an institution in Norwegian music, no rock band has even been close to achieving the same status when it comes to longterm quality, credibility, integrity and respect. It´s also extremely rare to see bands and artists continue to flourish artistically after such a long time. In fact, we can´t think of any.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79553 Stian Westerhus & PaleHorses - Maelstrom http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79544 <p>Stian Westerhus is best known as one of Northern Europe’s most fascinating abstract guitar stylists. His recent album Didymoi Dreams with vocalist Sidsel Endresen was a unique pairing of extreme guitar abuse with gibbering vocal explosions. As well as collaborations with Puma, Nils Petter Molvær, Jaga Jazzist, the Britten Sinfonia and others, he has released three acclaimed solo albums on Rune Grammofon since 2009. In Pale Horses, an electronic rock trio formed with keyboardist Øystein Moen (Jaga Jazzist) and drummer/percussionist Erland Dahlen, songs are given the freedom to ebb, flow, elongate and contract, much like a more improvised set. Breaking out of a verse-chorus mould, debut album Maelstrom is a deluge of fluid and highly emotive tracks that rely on the superb musicianship and unforgettable vocals of the leader, who proves himself capable of expressing pain and joy in equal measure. Perhaps the most obvious similarities – surprisingly – are with the experimental side of Radiohead and Coldplay, but you’ll also hear traces of Scottish bedroom romantics The Blue Nile and the psychedelic solemnity of late Talk Talk. A track like ‘Bed On Fire’, which rises from subtle digital textures to a full-on guitar solo, fully reveals these players’ exploratory backgrounds; while ‘Chasing Hills’ might have sat comfortably on Radiohead’s leftfield-swerving Kid A.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79544 Hedvig MollestadTrio - Enfant Terrible(24Bit96K) http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79536 <p>Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke is a certified fan and it´s easy to see why. Double-tracked with a ghostly haze of background fuzz, Hedvig Mollestad’s lightning-rod guitar blazes a trail that comes in the wake of the heaviest guitar giants – there’s Hendrix and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Led Zep’s Jimmy Page swirling around the cauldron, but also the exploratory, disciplined freeplay of Pete Cosey, John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana buzzing out of her fingertips. Together with drummer Ivar Loe Bjørnstad and bassist Ellen Brekken, her Trio capture the full force of heavy rock and electric jazz and turn it to demonic purposes. It can be sledgehammer sludge, stoned to a crawl as on ‘Arigato, Bitch’. Or it’s nimble as a phantom on ‘Rastapopoulos’, a dizzying churn that’s named after the archvillain of Hergé’s Tintin cartoons. And for the Mollestad Trio at its intuitive, ESP-connected finest, check ‘Liquid Bridges’.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79536 Fire!Orchestra - Enter http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79517 <p>Fire! originated as the trio of Swedish improv masters Mats Gusfasson (sax), Johan Berthling (bass) and Andreas Werliin (drums). None of them are what you could call jazz purists; they all play in many different groups and contexts, including The Thing (Gustafsson), experimental folk-electronica outfit Tape (Berthling), and skewed pop unit Wildbirds And Peacedrums (Werliin). Around 2011 the idea sprang up to expand a massive orchestra around the core trio, featuring the cream of Scandinavian jazz, improvisation and avant rock players and vocalists. After playing rare shows a handful of times a year, culminating with a number of ecstatic Scandinavian shows this January, this incredible mass ensemble took one day off to record their first studio recording in Gothenburg. Following last year’s live debut ”Exit”, ”Enter” might surprise with its slow, treacly funk dynamics, running through a kaleidoscope of moods, rhythms, textures and dynamics. Muscular rock rhythms flesh out texts written by singer Mariam Wallentin, inspired by legendary free jazz saxophonist Joe McPhee, and sung in soured blues moans by the Orchestra’s three-headed vocal team of Wallentin, Ethiopian born Sofie Jernberg and Silverbullit´s Simon Ohlsson. Recalling the righteous big band jazz of the late 60s by figures such as Charlie Haden, Sun Ra, Mike Westbrook and Chris McGregor, there are also echoes of Matana Roberts’s recent jazz tapestries and the steamy psych-funk of Brightblack Morning Light. Part Two opens on a groove ripped from The Beatles’ psychedelic classic ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’. Using collective riffing at its finest, this is an epic suite that undergoes constant scene-shifts between relentlessly building rhythms, rising in emotional intensity as the furnace is stoked.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79517 SusanneLundeng - Et steg ut http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79507 <p>Violonist and vocalist Susanne Lundeng back with yet another strong and lyric album</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79507 Jenny Hval &Susanna - Meshes of Voice http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79490 <p>“Mythical animals were a big inspiration,” says composer and songwriter Jenny Hval about Meshes Of Voice, a new collaboration between her and Susanna. “We looked at Medusa, Athena and Harpy (a combination of woman and bird) – as examples of depictions of woman – the ugly, the goddess-like, the gruesome,” agrees Susanna. This collaboration – featuring the two strongest Nordic voices around today – started back in 2009 as an exchange of letters, then developed into two live performances, one at Oslo Jazz Festival, the other at the Henie Onstad Art Centre, where this album was recorded. Mixed and mastered by Helge Sten(Deathprod, Supersilent), Meshes Of Voice presents a stunning vocal universe of confessions, whispers and seductions. Tracks like “I Have Walked This Body” seem to rise monstrously and threateningly out of some mythological fog of distorted improvised noise.</p> <p> </p> <p>A key inspiration was film maker Maya Deren’s surrealist, cyclical Meshes of the Afternoon, a milestone of visionary film from 1943. Deren’s famous image of a cloaked figure with a reflective face recurs on “A Mirror In My Mouth”, creating a complex world of musical fictions akin to those of Julia Holter and Joanna Newsom.</p> <p> </p> <p>Susanna launched Susanna And The Magical Orchestra in 2000 together with keyboardist Morten Qvenild (Jaga Jazzist, In The Country). The duo’s Rune Grammofon albums List Of Lights And Buoys (2004), Melody Mountain (2006) and 3 (2009) contained a mix of original compositions as well as highly personal interpretations of songs by Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker, Dolly Parton, Prince, Sandy Denny and KISS.</p> <p>In 2007 Susanna’s songwriting took a major leap with Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos (Rune Grammofon), released under her own name. It included twelve of her self-penned songs, and caught the attention of Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Palace Brothers), who posted Susanna a handwritten letter professing his admiration for her voice and music, which later led to the pair working together. Susanna has continued to release both her highly personal interpretations of other people’s songs Flower of Evil (2008) and If Grief Could Wait (2011, together with Swiss Giovanna Pessi), and written music to poetry by Norwegian poet Gunvor Hofmo Jeg Vil Hjem Til Menneskene (2011) in addition to her all originals album Wild Dog (2012).</p> <p> </p> <p>Jenny Hval‘s Rune Grammofon releases Viscera (2011) and Innocence is Kinky (2013) have both earned international acclaim (Pitchfork compared her to Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono and “pre-Sledgehammer” Peter Gabriel) as well as extensive touring in the US and UK (most recently supporting Swans). Currently based in New York, her first two albums was released under the moniker Rockettothesky and more recently in the duo Nude On Sand. In her native Norway she is also a published novelist and writer.</p> <p> </p> <p>Meshes Of Voice is released on SusannaSonata, the label launched by Susanna in 2011, a self-operated outlet for her to curate her own back catalogue and develop new music. Last year she released her acclaimed album The Forester (2013), a collaboration with the Norwegian Ensemble neoN combining the antique notes of the Baroque theorbo, woodwinds and strings, and for which Susanna received a Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannsprisen).</p> <p> </p> <p>This is a meshing of two of the strongest contemporary voices and most independent musical minds active today.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79490 Møster! - Inner Earth http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79482 <p>After a hectic summer, touring the festivals with artists such as Röyksopp/Robyn, Lars Vaular, Datarock and Bushman’s Revenge, saxophonist and bandleader Kjetil Møster is now releasing album number two with Møster!, his favourite project. “Inner Earth” is an acerbic and inquisitive masterpiece that is in many ways a clear contrast to the band’s critically acclaimed first album.<br /> <br />This time he is joined by the legendary Hans Magnus “Snah” Ryan, guitarist/vocalist in Motorpsycho; Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen, bass player in Elephan9 and BigBang; and the ubiquitous drummer Kenneth Kapstad, also from Motorpsycho and Grand General.<br /> <br />The band was formed in connection with a commission for the Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 2010, and released their first album, “Edvard Lygre Møster”, in March 2013 to unanimously glowing reviews. The album was listed among the top 5 debut albums as well as among the top 10 albums in New York City Jazz Records in 2013, and also achieved an impressive 6th place among the year’s albums in Prog Magazine.<br /> <br />The debut album “Edvard Lygre Møster” was a powerful, ecstasy-inducing live album, and according to Kjetil Møster this was the sound of a band that “found itself” on stage in front of an audience. “It was a lucky break that we could record it properly,” he says. With this follow-up the band are moving in another direction. “Inner Earth” was recorded with Jørgen Træen at Duper Studio in Bergen, a few storeys away from Kjetil Møster’s rehearsal room in the creative melting pot of Bergen Kjøtt. “As the title indicates, we’ve taken a major step over to the prog camp on the new album,” says Kjetil, although the jazz influence is not particularly difficult to identify this time, either. Where the debut album was extremely spontaneous, direct and fierce, this follow-up is a more searching, prog-influenced, psychedelic and slow-moving voyage, like riding on lava flowing to the earth’s core.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79482 Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden & PaulMotian - Hamburg '72 http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79459 <p>The legendary Keith Jarrett Trio, playing live at NDR Funkhaus, Hamburg. The trio with Haden and Motian – formed in 1966 – was Jarrett’s first great band, his choice of players a masterstroke. With the bassist who had learned his craft in Ornette Coleman’s band, and the drummer from Bill Evans’s ground-breaking trio, Jarrett was able to explore the full scope of modern jazz, from poetic balladry to hard-swinging time-playing to ferocious and fiery free music, the improvisation including episodes with Keith on soprano sax. The interaction between the three musicians is uncanny throughout, reaching a peak in an emotion-drenched performance of Charlie Haden’s “Song for Che”. ECM set up the 1972 tour of the Jarrett Trio, including the German radio concert from which this album is drawn. Manfred Eicher returned to the original tapes, remixing the music for this edition in Oslo in July 2014, together with Jan Erik Kongshaug.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79459 VijayIyer - Music for the Film Radhe Radhe - Rites of Holi By Prashant Bhargava http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79419 <p><i>Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi </i>is a vivid multimedia collaboration by composer-pianist Vijay Iyer and filmmaker Prashant Bhargava, who were inspired by the centennial of the Stravinsky-Nijinsky <i>Le Sacre du Printemps </i>to explore another of rite of spring: the Hindu festival of Holi, famous for its revelry of color in celebration of the love between the divine Krishna and Radha. In northern India, Bhargava filmed the ravishing images of an eight-day Holi festival held in the city of Mathura, mythic birthplace of Krishna. Iyer – who released his ECM debut, <a href="http://ecmrecords.com/Catalogue/ECM/2300/2372.php" target="new"><b><i>Mutations</i></b></a>, earlier this year – then composed his score as the musical complement to Bhargava’s beautiful visual ballet, drawing at times on the rhythms and chants of the Holi festival; the result is one of Iyer’s warmest, most colorful creations to date, as rich melodically as it is texturally. Released by ECM on Blu-ray and DVD, <i>Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi </i>is a kaleidoscopic experience. Bonus material includes making-of documentary.</p> http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79419 AnnaGourari - Prokofiev, Medtner & Chopin: Visions fugitives http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79392 http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79392 TrioMediaeval - Aquilonis (Release date: 2014-11-21) http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79370 http://www.gubemusic.com/album_79370