release date: 26.02.2021 via Rune Grammofon
release date: 08.04.2020 via Hubro
Here we have got a special times today we are living in, not just locally but worldwide, what doesn’t happen so often these days. Not only the whole world population is suffering isolation due to Corona Virus COVID 19 disease, but all of us are cut off of a social life, family meetings, closeness in general and a permanent separation from the cultural life . Obviously, as it affects all people life it does affect some more than the others. As we already addressed that sharing multiple events that artists worldwide made to happen as well as labels’ actions for music & art sale to support the
The latest Solo album from Ståle Storløkken, legendary Supersilent keyboardist is unique in many ways. First, it explores the Solo formula to the very bottom. Not is he only playing all the instruments on the set himself, but also mixes them, masters tracks and records them. This way he had has absolute control over the material on every production stage.
Second significance comes from the fact that all these instruments are pretty ancient, belonging to the 80’s period when Synth Pop and Electronica were both on the leading edge of Futurism. Now by making that specific choice he brings that all into the path of one-off Retro-Futurism, which alone makes a nice hyperbola.
Together with whats mentioned above, finally even the title puts you in sort of an on hold mental estate, holding the listener between dreams and awareness, somnambulist like state of being in which there is no strong border between the “real” and the “imagined”.
Seven-part Suite starts with Prelude to The Haze of Sleeplessness. That dreamy intro holds into some sort of floating feeling executed with sounds which are pretty humble and created in a simple, straightforward way that instruments are allowing. Looping them, mixing them if one has a different vision of that is a must then and explains why the total control over entire material he claimed is so necessary.
Following Orange Drops, more percussive in nature, with simple melody driving that reminds me Vangelis or Tangerine Dream Productions. Here humbleness of the instrument and sounds made when they are played also are adding to the tissue and this physical aspect also adds to the retro feeling.
Short Reality Box is just a 90 seconds interlude but serves a charm of the barrel organ played with the mechanical whacking weaved into subtle melody. Another one splitting the tissue in the same way is called Turbulance and it replicates the sound of the fabrics flapping in the wind.
Describing them all would steal the pleasure of discovering from the listener, so I won’t go any further with that. It must be said that all the pieces are sharing the same sense of inner journey, which makes the listener drifting with his own imagination. Just the same as such a music always supposed to do. Sort of personal soundtrack for the imaginary movie which don’t even have to exist at all in the real life. What makes it interesting is the fact that with a majority of sounds we are listening to today, sounds like those do not appear, simply due to their synthetic nature goes far beyond eclecticism available now without specific postproduction steps. Very interesting journey for everyone addicted to the history of synthesized music.
release date: 6th of June 2019
Elephant9, probably the most recognisable psychedelic -jazz – rock band from Norway is with us now well over decade, marking their existence with creative productivity almost every year or two , always with the same trusted label, Rune Grammofon. Psychedelic Backfire double bill is the latest tenon, since the well reclaimed Greatest Show On Earth, we have seen and heard last year.
Norwegian release: March 29th
Worldwide Release: April 26th
This Retro-futurist cinematic synth-fest from Supersilent keyboardist and composer, Ståle Storløkken, is already launched on its native Norwegian market and we are just about three weeks to join the happy crowd too. Those who are interested can already taste the water here and bite a bit of our teaser and learn little more about this unusual project and why it is worth checking. We hope that you will enjoy this