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PSYCHEDELIC PROG FOLK ROCKERS TUSMØRKE ALBUM DETAILS AND NEW SINGLE REVEALED

Tusmørke - Leker for barn, ritualer for voksne CD

Understated is definitely not an adjective that can be applied to Norwegian Prog Folk Rockers TUSMØRKE whose latest album “Leker for barn, ritualer for voksne” is set for release on Karisma Records on the 29th November.

Based on two musicals for children, “The Bridge to the Other Side” and “The Root of All Evil”, “Leker for barn, ritualer for voksne”, which translated means “Games for children, rituals for adults”, consists partly of  Tusmørke’s take on traditional Norwegian children’s songs,  and partly on new material by the  band. And, whilst waiting for its release, Karisma Records have lifted the veil on what we can expect, by releasing a single from the album.

The single, with artwork by the legendary Thore Hansen, happens to be the opening track “Bro bro brille” and it can be streamed and downloaded at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/Tusmorke_Bro_Bro_Brille

The album itself will be available in CD, Digital, Black Vinyl and Limited Edition White Vinyl formats, all of which include a 16 page lyric booklet, which, according to the band, “May, or may not, explain the plot”. 

With artwork by Thore Hansen, track listing for “Leker for barn, ritualer for voksne” is as follows:

  1. Bro bro brille                                      9.    Velkommen til Hades
  2. Per Sjuspring                                     10.  Kharons vise
  3. Kjerringa med staven                     11.  På den ytterste nakne øya
  4. Ta den ring                                          12.  Jeg gikk meg over sjø og land
  5. Tornerose                                           13.  Den tolvte Baal
  6. Bjørnen sover                                   14.  Gamlas seierssang
  7. På Torneroses slot                           15.  Eventyret er ute
  8. Sjubidubidu Sju                               16.  Du og jeg og vi to

TUSMØRKE’s lineup is drawn  from bands like WOBBLER, JORDSJØ and ALWANZATAR, and, in keeping with the band’s innate eccentricity, the variety of instruments they have at their command is staggering, with Benediktator on Bass, vocals, Glockenspiel and percussion, Krizla on Flute, vocals, electronics and percussion,  The Phenomenon Marxo Solinas on Minimoog Model D, Korg CX3, William de Blaise on harpsichord, Steinway & Sons Grand Piano, Hohner Clavinet D6, Mellotron M400, Hammond C3, Wurlitzer 200 and Solina String Ensemble, and HlewagastiR on Drums and percussion.

Photo by Terje Skår

The band  happily admit that:                                        

Not everyone who took part in the plays completely understood what they were doing. Neither did everyone in the audience.  But here it is, in all its gory glory as the collegium of dashing adventurers and explorers of the unknown reaches of history, known to the unwashed masses under

the pseudonym TUSMØRKE, have yet again brought fresh fever from the stars.

With no small risk to their very lives, they have investigated the Mesopotamian idolatry that hid beneath what we, in our innocence, thought were simple songs and verses concerned with harmless folklore and creatures of fantasy. Concealed by a veil of ignorance, these ritualistic rhymes and summoning songs reveal themselves as portals to blissful and terrible realms. Astral worlds and delirious peaks tread forth from the inner places of mankind, and thus exert their power over the reality we share in our waking hours.

Our rhymes, riddles and games for children contain ancient elements. Could one find traces of past religious rituals in them? Seemingly innocent texts gain a more foreboding aspect when viewed in light of the human sacrifices, spiritual journeys and ecstatic trance rituals of Europe in times past. Cultural traits that are today associated with exotic voodoo rituals, Buddhism or cannibalistic head hunters of New Guinea were once widespread among our Celtic and Germanic tribes.

“Leker for barn, ritualer for voksne” is now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamp: https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/album/leker-for-barn-ritualer-for-voksne
Webshop:  https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

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 “Tøyens hemmelighet” from TUSMØRKEs album  “Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1” can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/EvhRlAFxQG0

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NEW PROMO VIDEO FROM SYMPHONIC PROGGERS WOBBLER GIVES FANS A TASTE OF WHAT TO EXPECT FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Wobbler - From Silence to Somewhere CD

With their new album “From Silence to Somewhere” set for release on Karisma Records the 20th October, Norwegian Symphonic Proggers WOBBER have released a new promo video comprising excerpts from all the tracks featured on the album. The video, by W. S. Prestmo, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/8oSoXeftEvw

The four-track release comes in with a running time of 47 minutes, and, as Andreas Wettergreen Strømman Prestmo (Vocals and Guitars) says, the band is excited to give fans a glimpse into what they can expect from the new album, which has taken WOBBLER in the region of four to five years to complete. The band admits that they took their time in order to achieve what they consider to be their best album to date, and which sees a more introspective WOBBLER exploring darker themes.

Having said that, “From Silence to Somewhere” nevertheless feels like a natural progression from the band’s previous release. 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.

Fans of WOBBLER’s trademark sound have nothing to worry about though, with the band making good use of Mellotron, Moog, Hammond, Chamberlin and other classical analogue keyboards, and of course the renowned Rickenbacker Bass.

With artwork by Thomas Kaldhol (Samuel Jackson 5, Panzerpappa, Lukas Kasha etc), “From Silence to Somewhere” will be available in either CD Digipak or Jewel Case formats, each with a 12 page booklet, as well as in Digital format. LPs will be available in both standard black or in a limited edition Transparent orange/black marble vinyl limited to 500 copies only. 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

Wobbler - From Silence to Somewhere CD

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

More information about WOBBLER can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wobblerofficial

CD and vinyl formats are now 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’s previous promo video for “From Silence to Somewhere”, which gives a fascinating insight 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, can be seen below at https://youtu.be/sqrqPG7MZwk