release date: 29.04.2022 on Hubro Records
Moskus are the young Norwegian improvising trio [whose] approach is low key and concentrated. Lauvdall concentrates on single notes and the players slip in and out of time with each other with remarkable empathy THE WIRE
fresh, quirky and free, yet tautly coherent * * * * THE GUARDIAN
combines a little groove with a lot of serious sentience * * * * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
There’s a deliberate, and thought-provoking, naivety to the trio’s approach. * * * JAZZWISE
Moskus conveys their perspective of the world with vivid improvisation in a genre-free universe.
In their most recent release, “Papirfuglen” [Paper birds], the ensemble further solidifies their position as one of the most cutting-edge and transfixing voices in the newest generation of both Norwegian and international jazz. They have a unique musical approach, with a combination of infectious playfulness and a headstrong penchant for experimentation. And with these tools Moskustakes yet another step into unexplored musical territory. They go deeper into the woods, further into the cave and higher into the air. Their rich sonic palette is conveyed with lightness and transparency, by way of sweeping improvisation that stretches as wide as the largest wingspan. Just as a bird can be folded from a blank sheet of paper, Moskus has animated musical paper birds from blank sheets of silence and invited the listener into a world populated with them.
The album was recorded in Ugla Studio (with Morten Qvenild behind the mixing board) where a fleet of instruments was at the disposal of Anja Lauvdal: synths, and electronics for use with the piano, grand piano and harpsichord. Hans Hulbækmo contributes further to the soundscape with his creative use of a drum machine and recording machine together with percussion, glockenspiel and jew’s harp. These elements are finally sewn together by Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson who effortlessly alternates between mandolin, cello and bass.
All of the music was recorded live in the same room; this is an integral part of Moskus’s musical philosophy which focuses on capturing the music in the now. Kyrre Laastad mixed this album as well as the last two. His previous experience with Moskus’s musical approach and expression give this album a sensitivity to the living idea; the paper bird motif, which runs through the whole piece. “Papirfuglen” was mastered by Helge Sten, whose top-class craftsmanship can also be appreciated in their earlier album “Mirakler”.
From the debut album “Salmesykkel” (2012) to “Mestertyven” (2014) followed by “Ulv Ulv” (2016), “Mirakler” (2018), “Live på Victoria” (2020) and finally “Papirfuglen” now in 2022, Moskus has established itself as one of the most engaging and present bands in Norwegian jazz and improvised music. With fundament, future and continuity ever present, Moskus has released six albums, been nominated for the Spellemannprisen four times and made a deep and lasting impression on the scene over the past decade.
MOSKUS – Papirfuglen
LP / DL – 29th April 2022
HUBRO LP3649 / CD2649
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Anja Lauvdal: synths, cembalo, vocoder, acoustic piano, samples
Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson: cello, mandolin, double bass
Hans Hulbækmo: drums, percussion, jew’s harp, drum machine, glockenspiel, recording machine