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Cinematic C&N (Country & Northern) goes Pacific as West Norway chapel grooves encounter Polynesian-influenced steel and slide featuring the amazing Geir Sundstøl on pedal steel.
On the guitarist and composer Trond Kallevåg Hansen’s inspired and inspiring Hubro debut, edgily ambient and cinematic atmospherics meet front-porch picking from a super-sensitive folk and jazz inspired ensemble given serious twang by the legendary Geir Sundstøl on slide and pedal steel. Perfectly formed ear-worm melodies are stretched and bent into new improvised shapes as electric and acoustic instruments weave decorously in and out of each other’s orbits, accompanied by startling solo preludes or intersecting excerpts of experimental field recordings or found sound.
The spacious music wears its influences on its sleeve - there’s Ry Cooder in there, Ennio Morricone, too, and an echo of Geir Sundstøl’s own recent solo masterwork, ‘Brødlos’, whose recording venue of Studio Intim (Sundstøl’s home-studio in Oslo) ‘Bedehus & Hawaii' shared - but there’s no straining for effect.
Everything seems to fall quite naturally into place, sounding intimately poised and at home with itself. Whatever the musical references, and however long you might take to enumerate the... more
Ivar Myrset Asheim: drums and percussion
Alexander Hoholm: double bass
Geir Sundstøl: guitar, pedal steel, marxophone, optigan and xylophone
Adrian Løseth Waade: violin
Trond Kallevåg Hansen: guitar, electronics and field recordings
All songs composed by Trond Kallevåg Hansen
Recorded by Geir Sundstøl at Studio Intim, Oslo
Mixed by Trond Kallevåg Hansen
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi
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