RIYL: Can, Jaga Jazzist, Tortoise, Faust, White Willow, Do Make Say Think

Label: Apollon Prog Records

Cosmic Kraut cooked on Proggy commodities, dig in!

From the Fjords and Mountains of Norway, these are the sounds of vast landscapes destilled into grand motorik grooves.  The Proggish take on Krautrock gives the listener the immediate catchy recognition, while there’s multiple levels of complex artistry to tickle underneath. Plenty of highly rewarding challenges awaits you through these 4 long instrumental tracks that makes up this delicious serving.  Repeated listening is the key to enlightenment, this is one of those albums that will grow on you with every spin.

The artistry in here is absolutely brilliant, featuring a gathering of skilled musicians summoned to color Ketil Vestrum Einarsen‘s majestic picture. Ketil has been a force in the Scandinavian Progrock scene since the early 2K’s, and besides his other main-band White Willow and being a former member of Jaga Jazzist, he has contributed on over 50 albums by other artists.  He is also into making scores/soundtracks, which must have helped bringing forth the rich, moody soundscapes found within this album.

Fans of Post-rock might want to claim this one, as there are lots of aesthetics to recognize.

Recommended soundtrack to your trip this summer, good folks.


The Details

“Sehr Kosmisch Ganz Progisch” by Weserbergland is an homage to the seventies krautrock scene seen through the eyes of Ketil Vestrum Einarsen. Ketil is a veteran flutist of the Norwegian Progrock scene, having been a part of White Willow for almost 20 years. He has also been a member of Jaga Jazzist and played on more than fifty albums, with bands like Motorpsycho and Geir Lysnes Listening Ensemble. As a composer, he has written music for 10 documentaries and one TV series (all of this together with Lars Fredrik Frøislie( Wobbler, White Willow etc) “Sehr Kosmisch Ganz Progisch” is Ketil debut as a band leader. He has been a kraut rock enthusiast since he discovered the music through the record collection of his friend´s hippie father in the early 90s, so to take this musical turn was a very natural thing him. And it´s quite easy to hear the inspiration of bands like Tangerine Dream, Can, Cluster, Harmonia et cetera. But it´s not a retro sounding album, the sound is also influenced by Ketils former band, Jaga Jazzist and similar bands. The result is a very unique and demanding album. The simplicity of krautrock is juxtaposed or mixed with a complete sensory overload of multitracking, heavy use of effects and compositional techniques from contemporary or classical music.
Ketil plays the flute, clarinet, guitar, keyboards and provides programming. Mattias Olsson of Änglagård fame provides a remimagined approach to the motoric beat thoughout the album, and Gaute Storsve and Jacob Holm-Lupo (white willow) shares duties on bass and guitar. The album also features guest musicians from Jaga Jazzist, Wobbler, Henry Fool et cetera. The album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo.

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