Sauropod – I Know Where You’ve Been – Single Review

The Norwegian funky-sludge trio Sauropod released the single I Know Where You’ve Been a few hours ago.

Sauropod - photo credit Philippe Guihéneuf

Sauropod – photo credit Philippe Guihéneuf

The slapped strings surface in to the room in splodges of mud in to which the listener dives head first, while the off beat of the track gives the song their signature swaggering funky vibe as the vocal flashes through the room akin to a lighthouse lamp as it snaps in and out of focus with the resonating deep tones of I Know Where You’ve Been rattling the speakers off their anchors rounding out a song that bears immediate replay to fully enjoy the range of the dynamics of frequencies within its two hundred and seventeen seconds duration.

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Kalifornia – Dear Diane – Audio

The Norwegian indie-rock trio Kalifornia are set to release their debut LP Views From The Coast on the 13th of April.

Kalifornia

Kalifornia

The latest track to surface from the album – Dear Diane – is an intriguing mix of indie-dance and heavy-rock that has a scruffy coat in to which the listener finds themselves reaching for air-guitar, whilst simultaneously chanting along with the good time vocal, yet never becoming uncomfortable with either.

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Hepatit-X – Bad Oslo – Audio

The Norwegian rock quartet Hepatit-X will be releasing the LP Soldiers and Supervisors on the 13th of April.

Hepatit-X

Hepatit-X

Spending much of their time performing live, it has been over three years since their last recorded release, when they were a trio.



Bad Oslo, the first track to surface from the album, which was released as a standalone single on the 9th, discovers Hepatit-X as a tighter and faster unit and now pulling references from ’70s heavy-metal and moving away from their earlier stoner soundtrack. On the basis of the song – Soldiers and Supervisors will be an LP to add to the collection, which is also coming out on Vinyl through Big Day Records.

Lasting an ideal three minutes and fifteen seconds, Bad Oslo is a song that will have the listener head-banging between loudly playing speakers within moments. The earthy heavy-metal is delivered on the spine of a blistering performance on percussion in a driving impetus that threatens to break the skins, with guitar snarling through finessed chords, while the bass punches the eardrums as the vocal delivers a top-notch performance. Hepatit-X even manage to drop in a snippet of Blondie – what is there not to make for a recommendation to spend some time in their company.

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orsak:oslo – Brugata Blues – Audio

The Norwegian and Swedish dystopian trio orsak:oslo released the three track single Tipping Point on the 17th.

orsak:oslo - photo credit - David Holmqvist

orsak:oslo – photo credit – David Holmqvist

On hitting play on the first track on Tipping Point (available on bandcamp) Brugata Blues – the rumbling underfoot is not the foundations crumbling –  rather the distorted saw of guitars opening the seven and five sixths of a minutes track and merely firing the opening cylinders of the release.

By the time the the fulsome structure of the composition comes to fore the listener has already turned up the volume, only to discover that was not necessarily the wisest move as when the moment arrives at about seventy seconds in – they will find themselves worrying about the structural integrity of the walls and wondering where the nearest scaffolding firm may lay.

The bleakness of the harrowing instrumental songs on Tipping Point paradoxically fill the audience with a sense of catharsis rather than timorous fear.

The band name orsak:olso you may be pondering with its distinctly Norwegian reference is something of an in-house moment as only one of the three is from Sweden.

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Broen – Time – Video

The Norwegian electro-soul quintet Broen released their début LP I ♥ Art on the 20th.

Broen - photo credit - Thor Egil Leirtrø

Broen – photo credit – Thor Egil Leirtrø

An eight track album which is a blend of indie-dance melted inside dreamy electronica rounded by an ethereal vocal, which affords their music an engaging flowing soundtrack.

The second of the eight tracks on the album (which is available via Bella Union) is – Time.

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