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KARISMA RECORDS REVEALS DETAILS OF SECOND SINGLE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM FROM MAJOR PARKINSON

Major Parkinson - Blackbox

While fans of cult prog rockers MAJOR PARKINSON await the 27th October release of the band’s new full length album Blackbox, they can content themselves with the track Madeleine Crumbles, the second single to be released from the album. Karisma Records is releasing Madeleine Crumbles in all territories except for Norway, where the band is handling the release themselves. The single can be found at the following:

TIDAL / WiMP http://listen.tidalhifi.com/album/78681454
iTunes / Apple Music https://itunes.apple.com/album/-/id1282666065

With Madeleine Crumbles the outlandish Norwegians treat their listeners to a five minute pop journey that is at times playful, and at times nostalgic. The song, which features Linn Frøkedal (The Megaphonic Thrift), and a host of guest musicians, shows a densely orchestrated side of MAJOR PARKINSON rarely seen before, and the band had this to say of the track:
“Madeleine Crumbles may function as a soft introduction into the darkness of our Blackbox – A snappy, dancy and orchestral tune that sets a new personal record in guest musicians. Unlike most of our songs, this one was basically written within one single day by Jon Ivar and Lars, which says something about the immediate nature of these melodies.”
Blackbox will be the fourth studio album from the cult prog phenomenon that is MAJOR PARKINSON, and will be available on Degaton Records in Norway and on Karisma Records in the rest of the world. Aside from the previously mentioned Linn Frøkedal, who, in fact, makes a guest appearance on four tracks in total, Blackbox also features several other guest artists who, together, add their unique talents to the overall sound of the album, which the band spent the better part of two years creating.

Filled with frenetic horn sections, angelic strings, rusty hammers, paper planes and rocket ships, and under the guidance of sound maestro Yngve Leidulv Sætre, MAJOR PARKINSON’s lineup of Jon Ivar Kollbotn, Eivind Gammersvik, Lars C Bjørknes, Sondre Veland, Sondre Skollevoll, Øysten Bech-Eriksen and Claudia Cox, have come up with an uncompromising work, somewhere at the crossroads between progressive rock, cinematic pop, heavy industry and icy Arctic electronics.

With artwork by Martin Kvamme, tracklisting on Blackbox is as follows:

1. Lover, Lower Me Down!
2. Night Hitcher
3. Before the Helmets
4. Isabel – A Report to an Academy
5. Scenes from Edison’s Black Maria
6. Madeleine Crumbles
7. Baseball
8. Strawberry Suicide
9. Blackbox

Major Parkinson - Blackbox

Blackbox, which will be available in digipak, black vinyl, gold vinyl and in digital formats, can now be pre-order from https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

More information about MAJOR PARKINSON can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/majorparkinson/ and on their website at http://www.majorparkinson.com

A video for the song Pretty Eyes, Pretty Eyes by MAJOR PARKINSON can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/-GrUZnB5Leg

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SYMPHONIC PROGGERS WOBBLER REVEAL PROMO VIDEO FOR UPCOMING ALBUM

Wobbler - From Silence to Somewhere CD

Wobbler

With just over a month to go until the release of “From Silence to Somewhere”, the fourth full-length album from Norway’s leading Symphonic Prog band WOBBLER, Karisma Records have released a promo video which not only gives fans a taste of the music they can expect to hear, but also an insight into the band itself.
It is a fascinating glimpse into the workings of a group of people who, as they have matured and grown together as individuals and as musicians, have quite considerably changed the way they write and make their music. And most noticeably it is an example of a close and enduring friendship amongst the members of WOBBLER that gives the individual musicians the confidence to change, and exchange, ideas in a way that often takes an original idea in a completely unexpected direction, without egos getting in the way, and having a lot of fun while they do it.
The video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/sqrqPG7MZwk

“From Silence to Somewhere”, which is set for release on the 20th October, is comprised of four epic tracks that explore the idea of metamorphosis and alchemy. WOBBLER’s trademark sound, which makes use of copious amounts of Mellotron, Moog, Hammond, Chamberlin and other classical analogue keyboards, and of course the renowned Rickenbacker Bass, is very much in evidence.
It is an album with a darker, more introspective edge than WOBBLER’s previous releases, but at the same time “From Silence to Somewhere” feels like a natural progression. Flamenco and Italian Renaissance music can be heard weaving their way subtly through the melancholy harmonies that are combined with powerful crescendos and high-energy, spinet-driven passages, whilst the guitar riffs range from the poignant to the edgy.

With artwork by Thomas Kaldhol (Samuel Jackson 5, Panzerpappa, Lukas Kasha etc) , and a running time of 47 minutes, tracklisting on “From Silence to Somewhere” is as follows:

1. From Silence to Somewhere
2. Rendered in Shades of Green
3. Fermented Hours
4. Foxlight

Formed in Hønefoss in 1999, WOBBLER’s current lineup features current and former members of TUSMØRKE, WHITE WILLOW, THE CHRONICLES OF FATHER ROBIN and JAGA JAZZIST. With Lars Fredrik Frøislie on keyboards and backing vocals, Kristian Karl Hultgren on bass, bass clarinet and bass pedals, Martin Nordrum Kneppen on drums, percussion and recorder, Andreas Wettergreen Strømman Prestmo on vocals, guitar, glockenspiel and percussion, and Geir Marius Bergom Halleland on lead guitar and backing vocals, the band can avail itself of a considerable array of instruments that have a huge, and very interesting impact, on the overall sound.

WOBBLER will be joining fellow Karisma Records band-mates TUSMØRKE and JORDSJØ at the Proggens Grøde, which will be held at the Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo on the 29th September.
More information about WOBBLER can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wobblerofficial

“From Silence to Somewhere”, is available either as CD Digipak or Jewel Case, each with a 12 page booklet, as well as in Digital format. LPs are available either in standard black and in a limited edition Transparent orange/black marble vinyl limited to 500 copies only. CD and vinyl formats are available to pre-order from smarturl.it/Wobbler_Europe, or from smarturl.it/Wobbler_USA in the USA. All formats, including digital, can also be pre-ordered at https://wobbler.bandcamp.com/album/from-silence-to-somewhere

Wobbler - From Silence to Somewhere LP

Wobbler - From Silence to Somewhere marble LP

Live footage of WOBBLER performing the track “Rubato Industry” from their debut album “Hinterland” can be seen at https://vimeo.com/168318632

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KARISMA RECORDS ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF UPCOMING ALBUM FROM TUSMØRKE

Tusmørke - Bydyra CD

The folks at Karisma Records have surprised everyone by, almost literally, pulling a rabbit out of their hat with the upcoming release from their new signing, Prog Folk Rockers TUSMØRKE, whose new album is very different indeed in both concept and guest artists. Titled “Bydyra”, which translated means “Urban Wildlife”, this will be the fifth full-length album from the Norwegians. What is surprising about it is that this is the first album that TUSMØRKE have written specifically for, and performed with, children.

Coming in with a whopping 15 tracks, “Bydyra” is composed of two original mini musicals that were written specifically for a local children’s school in Oslo. It is a unique work that explores the relatively “grown up” subjects of urban wildlife, the skyrocketing prices of housing in Oslo, the financial crisis, social issues, global warming, and good and bad magic.

With “Bydyra” TUSMØRKE have succeeded in blending their unique take on Prog Rock with a substantial dose of humour to create an album that will be enjoyed equally by both children, who will be enchanted by the characters and their adventures, and by adults, who will succumb to the psychedelic prog folk overtones. It is a journey filled with magical creatures that serve to charm and educate at the same time.

Featuring members of WOBBLER, JORDSJØ and ALWANZATAR, TUSMØRKE’s lineup fields an almost dizzying variety of instruments, and is comprised of Benediktator on vocals, bass, acoustic guitars, Glockenspiel, jaw harp, assorted percussion and loads of handclaps, Krizla on vocals, flute and electronics, HlewagastiR on drums and percussion, Dauinghorn av Jordsjø on electric guitar, and The Phenomenon Marxo Solina on Steinway & Sons grand piano, MiniMoog model D, Solina Strings Ensemble, Mellotron M400, SCI Prophet-5, Arp Axxe, Arp Pro Soloist and Lindholm Spinet.

Set for release on the 10th November, and with artwork especially commissioned from the legendary Norwegian artist Thore Hansen, tracklisting for “Bydyra” is as follows:

1. Tre som bor i et Tre (Three who live in a Tree)
2. Trefar (Three Father)
3. Mellomspill (Interlude)
4. Rottekongen (The Rat King)
5. På Biblioteket (At the Library)
6. Vi er eid (We are owned)
7. Dyrene i Byen (The Animals in the City)
8. Elvene i Oslo (The Rivers of Oslo)
9. Signekjerringa (The Sibyl)
10. Tenkeren (The Thinker)
11. Trollmannen (The Enchanter)
12. Lær de fattige å trylle (Teach Magic to the Poor)
13. Dyrene bor ute (Animals Live Outside)
14. Underboerne (The Underdwellers)
15. Katabasis

TUSMØRKE will be appearing at Proggens Grøde at the Kulturkirken Jakob in Oslo along with Karisma Records label-mates WOBBLER and JORDSJØ on the 29th September, and at the Dødes Helg event which will be held at the Aye Aye Club / Tortuga in Oslo from the 3 – 5 November.
More information about TUSMØRKE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Tusmorke/

The official video for the track “Offerpresten” from TUSMØRKE’s 2014 album “Riset Bak Speilet” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/2kMmWp2DqtQ

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KARISMA RECORDS REVEALS DETAILS OF UPCOMING MAJOR PARKINSON ALBUM. NEW SINGLE AVAILABLE

Major Parkinson - Blackbox

Having snapped up the Norwegian cult prog rockers MAJOR PARKINSON, Karisma Records have announced today that the title track from the upcoming album Blackbox is available as a single. The single will be available on all digital platforms and can be heard below or found on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/album/4oyfrz7JZ99cDwymD8MtwD

The album Blackbox will be the fourth studio album from the outlandish prog phenomenon that is MAJOR PARKINSON. Set for release on the 27th of October of this year, and available on Degaton Records in Norway and Karisma Records in the rest of the world, the band spent the better part of two years creating Blackbox. Recorded partly in the legendary Duper Studio, and partly in MAJOR PARKINSON’s own dungeon – Degaton Studio, Blackbox is an uncompromising work, somewhere at the crossroads between progressive rock, cinematic pop, heavy industry and icy Arctic electronics.

With Linn Frøkedal (MISTY COAST, LOW FREQUENCY IN STEREO) contributing her haunting vocals on no less than four tracks, she is joined by a a plethora of guest musicians who have all added their unique talents to further elevate the Blackbox experience. In the able hands of sound maestro Yngve Leidulv Sætre, Blackbox is an album filled with frenetic horn sections, angelic strings, rusty hammers, paper planes and rocket ships.

According to MAJOR PARKINSON, Blackbox is an unparalleled journey through cinematic, progressive soundscapes and otherworldly melodies which have been forged in stainless dark matter and filled to the brim with musical excess. It is a treasure chest pulled patiently from the ocean floor, through shoals of curious starfish. It’s a night ride through a snowy and moonlit mountain pass, under the pale flicker of oddly shaped constellations!

With artwork by Martin Kvamme, the album will be available as digipak, black vinyl, gold vinyl and in digital formats. The tracklisting on Blackbox is as follows:

1. Lover, Lower Me Down!
2. Night Hitcher
3. Before the Helmets
4. Isabel – A Report to an Academy
5. Scenes from Edison’s Black Maria
6. Madeleine Crumbles
7. Baseball
8. Strawberry Suicide
9. Blackbox

Blackbox is now available to pre-order from https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

More information about MAJOR PARKINSON, whose lineup comprises Jon Ivar Kollbotn, Eivind Gammersvik, Lars C Bjørknes, Sondre Veland, Sondre Skollevoll, Øysten Bech-Eriksen and Claudia Cox, can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/majorparkinson/ and on their website at http://www.majorparkinson.com

A video for the song Pretty Eyes, Pretty Eyes by MAJOR PARKINSON can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/-GrUZnB5Leg

Whilst a video of the band performing live at Ricks in Bergen can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/NllHj0mOoJY