Friday, February 10, 2017

Trojka "I Speilvendthet"

Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Tik Records (digital, vinyl) /Apollon Records (CD)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 10, 2017 (digital, vinyl), June 9, 2017 (CD)
1. Tsarens Tarer (2:55)
2. I Speilvendthet (4:27)
3. Et Spill  (4:03)
4. Drommelos  (4:31)
5. Mat For Tanke  (5:32)
6. Trojka (3:49)
7. Litt Glede (3:18)
8. Alltid En Gate (4:11)
9. Til Neste Farvel (8:42)

Total Time 41:28

Gjert Hermansen: Vocal & Drums
August Riise: Vocal & Keys
Simon Kverneng: Vocal & Bass
Ashild Brunvold (1, 8, 9)
Sunniva Norberg (1, 9)
Maren Ohm Ballestad (1, 9)
Sunniva Monstad (1, 9)
Benjamin Mekki Wideroe (2, 3, 4, 5)
Njal Paulsberg (2, 9)
Pernille Boye Ahlgren (5, 7)

Trojka is another Bergen band, one which leans much more towards the prog side of the spectrum, with a touch of Canterbury flavor midway between the pop leanings of Caravan and the quirky instrumental work of Hatfield and the North. At times there’s a similarity to Kultivator as well, a connection helped by the prominence of electric piano in the arrangements. The rhythms sometimes lean towards funk, though the intent is more akin to jazz than disco. The band is a trio of keyboards (August Riise), bass (Simon Kverneng), and drums (Gjert Hermansen), occasionally joined by saxophone, flute, or vibes. I detected guitar on only one track, a very nice bit of acoustic finger-picking on “Alltid En Gåte.” The sound is breezy and clean (barring the occasional growly low end on the electric piano), and never ventures into darkness or dissonance. I Speilvendthet is a fun listen, perfect for those days where you’re looking for a break from harsh music, something happy but not mindless. (Jon Davis at expose.org)


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