Whilst Karisma Records can boast a roster that includes a variety of Metal and Progressive genres, it was a first for the label when they signed JORDSJØ, a band that cites Swedish Forest Prog amongst its influences – the other influences being German Synth Music, Acid Folk, Electronic and Northern Norwegian nature!
Formed in the autumn of 2014 by multi-instrumentalist Håkon Oftung (TUSMØRKE, BLACK MAGIC ) JORDSJØ started out purely as a “hobby project”, until the addition of further members, turned Oftung’s hobby, into a fully fledged studio and live band.
JORDSJØ’s debut live appearance took place in the summer of 2015, and the band’s first releases were “old school” with “Jordsjø I” and “Jordsjø II” seeing the light of day in Cassette format in 2015 and 2016 respectively. These were followed by “Songs from the Northern Wasteland”, a split cassette with BREIDABLIK. All three cassettes were later released as a double LP and eventually in digital format.
Karisma Records is expected to release JORDSJØ’s next full-length album, “Jord”, and this will be followed by what the band calls “a kind of Intermezzo” titled “Nattfiolen” which will explore more deeply the mysticism that surrounds the forest.
With appearances already confirmed for the Karlsøyfestivalen and Proggens Grøde in 2017, and the Close to the Rain Bergen Prog Festival in 2018, JORDSJØ’s charismatic, folk-inspired Symphonic Rock is set to stand out amongst the legions of Prog Rock bands.
More information about JORDSJØ can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jordsjoe/
Past releases from JORDSJØ can be heard at https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com
A video for the track ” Hulderheimen” from JORDSJØ’s 2015 release can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/F-kRpbd0kGI