Norwegian prog act Airbag is set to release their fourth album via Karisma Records on June 10th 2016. The new album – titled Disconnected – is the follow-up to the bands critically acclaimed 2013 release ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. The album features six songs with a common theme running through them. From the opening track, ‘Killer’, to the thirteen-minute long title track, the listener is taken on a sonic journey of lush soundscapes and arrangements, underlined by soaring guitars and soulful vocals.
As always, Airbag masters the art of creating a strong narrative listening-experience by closely tying together lyrical themes and music. Another central point to make note of with Disconnected, is how Airbag ventures even deeper into blending musical styles and sounds, which also greatly contributes to creating the unique listening experience that Airbag is, by now, well-known for. Disconnected is a reflection on the theme of alienation between the individual and society, what society expects from us as individuals, and our resultant failure to live up to those expectations. Each of the six compositions depicts the state of feeling on ‘the outside’ and out of touch with oneself and those around us.
Airbag’s music is best described as scenic, epic rock. Airbag’s three hugely successful album releases, Identity (2009), All Right Removed (2011) and The Greatest Show on Earth (2013), has gained the band a solid following and reputation among both fans and the press. Prog Magazine described The Greatest Show on Earth as a “confident step in the right direction, so much so you’re led to believe that album number four really could be the big one”. And we believe this is it!
For the production of Disconnected, Airbag has once again teamed up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes. The album is produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and, as always, the Airbag covers is designed by vocalist Tostrup.
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