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LJUNGBLUT ALBUM DETAILS AND NEW TRACK REVEALED

Karisma Records have revealed details of “Villa Carlotta 5959”, the upcoming release from Alternative Rockers LJUNGBLUT, as well as releasing the first single from the album. The single, for the track “Hasselblad”, whose cover features a photo by the photographer Bjørn Opsahl and a guest appearance by A-HA and ZEROMANCER’s Erik Ljunggren, along with his wide array of analogue synths, can be heard below, and is available to stream and purchase from https://ljungblut.bandcamp.com/track/hasselblad as well as from various streaming and digital services via http://phonofile.link/hasselblad

About the track, band founder Kim Ljung had this to say:

It was just one of those days. An early morning.

I read somewhere about the twelve Hasselblad cameras left on the moon. Made some fresh coffee and locked myself into the studio without any particular ideas in my head.
In a few hours it was all there. Lyrics and everything.

A real special feeling when it happens. The guys loved the demo. A few weeks later we rehearsed “Hasselblad” as a band, keeping it close to the original idea. Of course, Ted added a real great drum-pattern. It was only just over a 2-minute arrangement though. Right after I wrote it, I was visting Erik Ljunggren in his studio. Blown away by the collection of modular and vintage synthesizers, I asked him if he wanted to contribute for the end part. The Arp 2600 and the Oberheim Matrix creating most of the magic. All analogue. It was perfect.

The drums, the bass, the guitar (with the Morley flanger pedal), the Omni and the Roland strings were all recorded live. I believe it was the third take.
Sincerely happy with this one. Enjoy.

When he formed LJUNGBLUT in 2005, Ljung was looking for a vehicle for the material he didn’t think was right for either SEIGMEN or ZEROMANCER, for whom he is the bassist and main songwriter. Three solo albums later, LJUNGBLUT evolved further with the addition of full-time members, some of whom had collaborated on LJUNGBLUT’s first two albums. Joining Ljung (keys and vocals) are Dan Heide (ZEROMANCER, RED7) on guitars, Ted Skogmann (APOPTYGMA BERZERK) on drums , Joakim Brendsrød on keys and Sindre Pedersen on bass, and, as a quintet, the band released two independent albums with Norwegian lyrics.

“Villa Carlotta 5959”, which will be LJUNGBLUT’s sixth full-length album, is the last in the trilogy of the Norwegian language albums. It is an album in which Ljung explores matters both historical and personal. Whilst tracks like “Hasselblad”, about the 12 Hasselblad cameras left behind on the surface of the Moon, and “Superga”, which refers to the province of Turin, Italy, best known for its Cathedral and the plane crash that killed the Torino football team in 1949, deal with actual events and places, tracks like “Min Krig” (My war) and “Aldri helt stille” (Never completely quiet), are much more personal, dealing, as they do, with Ljung’s chronic migraines.
The basis of “Villa Carlotta 5959” having been recorded live in the studio and mixed by Alex Møklebust (SEIGMEN / ZEROMANCER) and Terje Johannesen, Ljung’s characteristic vocals are embraced by a plethora of vintage synths and instruments. With its wide range of tempos and dynamics, “Villa Carlotta 5959” presents the listeners with a cohesive sound and a melancholy mood.

Guest artists on “Villa Carlotta 5959” include Ljunggren (A-HA, ZEROMANCER), Ginge Anvik (SUBGUD, soundtrack composer) and Terje Johannesen. With artwork by Hanne-Christine Flåten, track listing for “Villa Carlotta 5959” is as follows:

01. Hasselblad
02. Oktober
03. Til Warszawa
04. 235
05. Superga
06. Diamant
07. Himmelen som vet
08. Ohnesorg
09. Aldri helt stille
10. Min Krig

Ljungblut - Villa Carlotta 5959

 

“Villa Carlotta 5959” is set for release on Karisma Records on the 2nd November in CD, Digital and Vinyl, as well as a Limited Edition Turquoise LP formats. It is now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamp (all versions) : https://ljungblut.bandcamp.com/
Webshop (CD and LPs): https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

LJUNGLUT will play the following dates in Norway to celebrate the release of “Villa Carlotta 5959”

09 Nov: Papirhuset, Tønsberg
10 Nov: Papirhuset, Tønsberg
12 Nov: Kulturkirken Jacob, Oslo

More information about LJUNGBLUT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Ljungblut-86549322482/

A video for the title track from LJUNGBLUT’s 2016 album “Ikke alle netter er like sorte” can be seen at https://youtu.be/ukmQo13JkPY

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KARISMA RECORDS INKS DEAL WITH RHYS MARSH

Karisma Records have welcomed singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer RHYS MARSH to their roster, and plan to release MARSH’s latest album “October After All” in early 2019.

MARSH, born in London, but now living in Trondheim, Norway, began his career in 2008, and, over the next five years released three studio albums, and one live album, under the name of RHYS MARSH AND THE AUTUMN GHOST, with a lineup that featured members of JAGA JAZZIST, ANEKDOTEN, WOBBLER, WHITE WILLOW, ÄNGLAGÅRD, HIGHASAKITE, EMMERHOFF & THE MELANCHOLY BABIES, FLASHBACK CARUSO AND THE DIVINE COMEDY.

In the spring of 2014, MARSH joined with Ketil Vestrum Einarsen and Mattias Olsson, and together the three musicians formed the KAUKASUS project which released the highly acclaimed debut album “I”. The spring of 2015 saw the release of “Midnight Twilight” by MARSH’s original London-based band MANDALA.

In the midst of all these projects and collaborations, MARSH found time to release his first solo endeavour in the Autumn of 2013. The five-song collection of covers was titled “Suspended In A Weightless Wind”, and included covers of NICK DRAKE’S ‘Things Behind The Sun’ and KING CRIMSON’S ‘Moonchild’.

This was followed by MARSH’s debut solo album “Sentiment” in the autumn of 2014. Written and recorded over a two-year period, “Sentiment” was to prove to be MARSH’s darkest and most progressive, and yet most accessible, work to date. Its follow up, “The Black Sun Shining”, was a 42-minute song-cycle, written and recorded in only seven days.

Since then, MARSH has been working on his next album, “October After All”, which Karisma Records will release on a date as yet to be decided. Once again MARSH is handling most of the instrumental duties, but the album will also feature contributions from Arve Henriksen on trumpet and Kåre Kolve on saxophone, as well as a choir which includes the talents of Rohey, Silje Leirvik, Anders Bjermeland and Tim Bowness.

More information about RHYS MARSH can be found at http://rhysMARSH.com/

A video for the track “Wondering Stars” from RHYS MARSH’s sophomore full-length album “Black Sun Shining” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/NuTeWy6jN38

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EXPERIMENTAL POST METALLERS KRAKOW REVEAL NEW VIDEO

Their latest album “minus” may have been released at the end of last month, but Norway’s Experimental Post Metallers KRAKOW still have a few surprises left in store for their fans. as today they release a brand new video for a track from the album.

The video, which is for “tidlaus”, the closing track on the album, was filmed in the studio whilst KRAKOW were recording “minus”. As the band explains: “We record the basics live, then we lay down the rest. The song itself is inspired by Warduna and Death in Vegas – a typical Krakow song except for the ending. Calm, mellow, eerie and powerful”.

The video for “tidlaus” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/4vik2_G3KMc

“minus” was recorded in the famous Duper and Solslottet studios in the Bergen Kjøtt creative complex, in collaboration, once more, with Iver Sandøy. It is, effectively, two albums-worth of material distilled into one, very focussed, gem. According to the band, “minus” is “the pinnacle of achievement of KRAKOW’s thirteen-year existence, representing the bare essence of who KRAKOW are as individuals, as a group, and as story tellers. It defies any attempts at genre definition, and covers the heavy, the subtle, the melodic, the atonal, the groovy, the sluggish, the dense, the airy, the naked, and always, always, that wall of sound from whence no light can escape”.

Krakow - minus CD

Available on Karisma Records in Digipak, 12″ Vinyl, and Digital formats, “minus” includes a guest appearance from MOTÖRHEAD’s Phil Campbell on the opening track, and ends with a choir consisting of a select group of Bergen-based musical veterans.

“minus” is available from all the usual retailers and streaming services, as well as direct from Karisma Records at:

All formats: https://krakow.bandcamp.com/album/minus
Digipak and Vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

The release of “minus” also sees KRAKOW set to tour Europe together with fellow countrymen ENSLAVED and HIGH ON FIRE, something which the band is very much looking forward to:

“It has been 10 years since last time we toured Europe together with ENSLAVED, and we are really excited about it! Not only are they close friends, but they are one of the best live acts around. Added to which, the prospect of being able to also tour with HIGH ON FIRE is a milestone for us. This has been one of our goals since the formation of KRAKOW! This is such a strong package and we can’t wait to hit the road with these gentlemen”

Routing for the tour:

29.09.2018 Pumpehuset , Copenhagen, Denmark
30.09.2018 U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland
01.10.2018 Proxima , Warsaw, Poland
02.10.2018 UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany
03.10.2018 Kulturfabrik, Esch-sur-Alzett, Luxembourg
04.10.2018 Mezz , Breda, Netherlands
06.10.2018 Waterfront , Norwich, UK
07.10.2018 Plug , Sheffield, UK
08.10.2018 Academy 2, Manchester, UK
09.10.2018 Tivoli, Dublin, Eire
10.10.2018 Limelight, Belfast, Northern Ireland
12.10.2018 Asylum , Birmingham, UK
13.10.2018 Desertfest , Antwerp, Belgium
14.10.2018 SWX , Bristol, UK
15.10.2018 The Dome , London, UK
16.10.2018 La Machine du Moulin Rouge, Paris, France
20.10.2018 Hulen, Bergen, Norway (Only Krakow)

More information about KRAKOW can be found on the band’s website at http://www.krakowofficial.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/krakowband

KRAKOW recently released a video by Esteban Sebastián Farias for the track “sirens” from “minus” which can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/QrdaI8Txfk0