Tusmørke is a psychedelic, progressive folk rock band from Skien, Norway, playing music inspired by the international bronze age, local myth, paradolia and stargazing.
When they’re not writing 26-minute songs about The Black Death, they like to express themselves through concept albums about Danish Iron Age swamp mummies and abstract theories of light (and darkness). And the occational Children’s album, on which they deal with relatively grown-up topics like urban wildlife, the financial crisis, social issues, global warming, occultism, and good and bad magic.
All very mind-blowing, but Tusmørke are not afraid of anyone or anything – not even bafflingly complex theories of existence. They gladly tackle, grapple and wrestle with ideas they barely comprehend, yet keenly perceive to be significant.
The upcomimg Tusmørke album “Nordisk Krim” is set to be released on Karisma Records February 26.
On this record they realise a dream as old as the band itself; when they formed in 1994, there was a plan to record a concept album about Danish bog bodies. As children, they visited the museums of Moesgaard and Silkeborg, transfixed by the sight of the black bodies with orange hair. Shortly after, they discovered heavy metal.
“Funny how you can love a genre from the age of 7 and still never learn how to play it”, to quote the band themselves.
The title Nordisk Krim (Nordic Crime) refers to the fact that the bog bodies were first thought to be a police matter. In reality, the true crime was disturbing the gifts to the gods in their slumber. Nordisk krim celebrates the willing victims of ancient crimes, those whose bodies are in the bog but souls are among the stars in the heavens. Tusmørke never fails to teach us about the ancient forgotten history.
“Imagine Deep Purple Mark II with Ian Anderson – or Black Sabbath’s rhythm section with Thijs van Leer – complete with an insanely accurate retro ’70s sound, and that’s just a taste of these space/time-traversing Norwegians.”Progression