Friday, December 1, 2017

Ola Kvernberg "Steamdome"

Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelGrappa (GRCD4569/GRLP4569)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: December 1, 2017
1. Prologue (3:37)
2. And Now (7:16)
3. Caterpillar (8:43)
4. Black Lemon (5:38)
5. Go Up (8:33)
6. Above The Dance, Pt. 1 (2:47)
7. Above The Dance, Pt. 2 (3:32)
8. Through The Mantle (4:34)
9. Credits (6:00)

Total Time 50:40

Ola Kvernberg (Grand General ) - violin, viola, Hammond B3 organ, Vox Continental, harmonium, guitar, theremin, Taurus, drums, percussion
Øyvind Blomstrøm - electric guitar, baritone guitar, pedal steel guitar
Nikolai Hængsle (The National Bank) - electric bass
Daniel Buner Formo - Hammond B3 organ
Erik Nylander - drums, pandeiro, tambourine, quirky percussion
Hans Hulbækmo - djembe, bongos, tambourine, drums
Børge Fjordheim - drums, prepared autoharp

Three years after releasing the masterpiece The Mechanical Fair, Ola Kvernberg returns with a new magnificent, imaginative, rhythmic deluge of an album: Steamdome. The title of Kvernberg’s latest project was not chosen at random. Steamdome presents thoroughly percussive music. It lunges brutally ahead like a runaway train. As enthusiastic, surrealistic and swelling as Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns.
Steamdome changes track, and barrels along into a landscape where rhythmical patterns, beat and groove are the dominant elements. The Mechanical Fair was described as belonging to a “mutton western” genre, and this description is, if anything, even more appropriate now. With three of the country’s most innovative drummers on board, the bows, strings and resin have been replaced by sticks, metal and a variety of drums. Steamdome is seething with visual energy. The music winds its way through steep cliffs, far-ranging vistas, sharp curves, sheer drops and nocturnal landscapes where the only anchoring point is the suggestive rhythm of a train that never stops.

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