Friday, January 29, 2021

Needlepoint "Walking Up That Valley"

Country: Norway
Genre(s)Retro Prog, Canterbury, Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelBjk Music - BJKLP108 / BJKCD108
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateJanuary 29, 2021
01. Rules Of A Mad Man
02. I Offered You The Moon
03. Web Of Worry
04. So Far Away
05. Where The Ocean Meets The Sky
06. Carry Me Away
07. Another Day
08. Walking Up That Valley

Bjørn Klakegg : lead vocals, guitars, violin, flute, cello
David Wallumrød : hammond organ, clavinet, fender rhodes, harpsichord, upright piano, prophet-5, arp odyssey, arp solus, minimoog
Nikolai Hængsle : electric bass, backing vocals, guitars on Rules of a mad man and So far away
Olaf Olsen : drums
Erik Nylander : percussion
The Carry Me Away choir: Indra Lorentzen, Camilla Brun, Maria Vatne, David, Nikolai, and Bjørn

New album “Walking Up That Valley” continues the line of development from the band’s past two releases, which dug more deeply into the Canterbury Prog only hinted at by the band’s first outings.
With the group’s maturity has come continued exploration, evinced in a plethora of instruments heard across the album: harpsichord, violin, flute, a choir and more add layers of sonic beauty to an album already bursting with ideas.
Between dreamy vintage keyboards, busy drums and percussion, mind-bending, jazz-tinged guitar work and deft bass lines, Klakegg’s soft and melodious voice finds room in the mix, tying the album together with tales from the road between reality and fantasy.

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