Jan Braathen – Let’s Cross Another Borderline – Audio

The sadcore creator Jan Braathen, from Oslo (Norway), releases the LP
In The Shadow Of The Fourth Dimension on the 10th of January 2019.

Jan Braathen
Jan Braathen

A thirteen track album, available through Nobel Records, which stretches through a series of guitar based dour ballads in which various guest instrumentalists and vocalists join to give each track a distinctive texture.

Not an LP to bring out at a wedding celebration but most certainly one to accompany more pensive moments where the music accompanies as a reminder although one may be solitary one is not alone.

Having reflected on the isolated moments in the LP, my pick of the release – the eight track – Let’s Cross Another Borderline – is inevitably the most upbeat and inclusive on the release.

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Das Body – Know My Name – Audio

The synthwave quartet of Ellie Linden, Kim, Patrik and Didrik from Oslo in Norway who form the band Das Body will be releasing their eponymous EP on the 28th.

Das Body - photo by Hsiang Hsiang Wang

Das Body – photo by Hsiang Hsiang Wang

Soaked in ’80s synth influences Das Boot create music that has a drifting melancholia which weaves through tracks that reflect of both the upbeat spirit of their home town, while anchored in the lesser well perceived introspective air of a city with globally common issues of stark social divide.

The second of the four tracks on the EP, which is available on bandcamp is Know My Name.

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Marius Mæland – Lucent Vortex – Single Review

The Norwegian scifidm creator Marius Mæland released the single Lucent Vortex on the 7th.

Marius Mæland

Marius Mæland

Only a couple of songs have been released, both, spectral brushes of electronica that have a mesmeric ebb and flow which bends the rhythm of the synapses and slows down, like a tranquillising dart, the passing of time.

Opening with the anticipatory measures of a symphonic orchestration Lucent Vortex gradually transforms in to a multi-dimensional spacious soundtrack of rotational instrumental and keyboard synthesis, a linear percussion and with the lithe electronica moulding itself in to the ever transitional shapes that affords the composition its immersive presence in a piece which doesn’t reach three and a quarter minutes, though carries the mind afar in its brief presence.

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Band of the Month – August 2018 – Readers’ Choice

With thanks to you a reader of the site for taking the time out of your day to discover what is here – without you – this would be a very quiet echo chamber. The August Readers’ Choice for band of the month is…

Samana Rising - Band Of The Month August 2018

Samana Rising

…From Norway – Samana Rising.

Without Your Love – Single – Samana Rising is available on iTunes.*

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Samana Rising – Dizzy – Single Review

Samana Rising is an alt-rock quintet from Norway.

Samana Rising

Samana Rising

Their music is always soaked in retrospective roots whilst of varied source material.

Wherever they are pointing their toes Samana Rising are able to deliver their own twist to the blend with the two deft guitars being able to switch seamlessly from echoing rhythm and blues through country-americana and on to brit-blues – the fulcrum of the most recent song – Dizzy which was released on the 10th – with the equally capable vocals bending from soul ballad to gutsy rock’n’roll and on to husky left-bank café Parisienne – yet never becoming misty eyed, nor ever loosing the audience along the way.

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