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PSYCHEDELIC PROG FOLK ROCKERS TUSMØRKE PREMIER NEW VIDEO

With their latest release “Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1” set to hit the streets on Karisma Records on the 30th November, Norway’s TUSMØRKE have released a video for “Skattegravere i Grefsenåsen” , the opening  track from the album.

The stop motion video by Sondre Bergersen Mæland of Wild Man Movies can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/hqbZ6DauXyg

Commenting on the song , TUSMØRKE had this to say:

“Skattegravere i Grefsenåsen”  was written during the winter of 2015 and recorded in Det Ytre Rommet  during 2017 and 2018 by Benediktator. The inspiration for the lyrics came from a folk tale by Asbjørnsen & Moe,  as well as from the legends about children who find  silver under rocks in the wilderness. There are stories of poor people stepping on stones and hearing the clang of metal and finding buried and forgotten treasure. There are also stories of people hearing the sound, only to realise later what it must have been and going on the spend the rest of their lives searching for the spot, never to find it again and driven mad with frustration and the lust for coin.

“Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1” itself is a a concept album that explores the rich history and mythology of Norway’s capital city Oslo. Vardøger are premonitions that precede an actual event. Utburder are infants who are abandoned in the woods at birth and whose haunting cries reverberate eerily through the night .

TUSMØRKE describe “Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1” as “the signs of things to come and the sounds of the unwanted”, and, as the “vol 1” part of its title suggests, the album  is the first part of a series of compilations that feature songs, demos, outtakes and curios that didn’t QUITE make it onto TUSMØRKE’s albums themselves.  It will be available in CD, Digital and Limited Edition vinyl formats with the  first LP being released on transparent orange vinyl (limited to 700 copies) with a 4 page lyric booklet and an A2 poster.

With artwork by the renowned Norwegian artist Arne Bendik Sjur  “Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1”, is available to pre-order in all formats from https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/album/osloborgerlig-tusm-rke-vard-ger-og-utburder-vol-1

Tracklisting is as follows:

  1. Skattegravere i Grefsenåsen
  2. Hovedøya
  3. Gamle Oslo
  4. Djevelen fra Oslo
  5. Kjentmannen
  6. Akers Akropolis
  7. Alvene i Oslo
  8. Gamle Aker Kjerke

Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og Utburder vol 1

TUSMØRKE recently released a single taken from the album for the track “Kjentmannen” which can be streamed and downloaded at https://karismarecords.lnk.to/kjentmannen

Featuring members of WOBBLER, JORDSJØ and ALWANZATAR,  TUSMØRKE’s lineup fields an almost dizzying variety of instruments,  and is comprised of  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, Dauinghorn on  Clavinet, Hammond, grand piano, acoustic and electric guitars, and additional flute, and HlewagastiR on Drums and percussion.

Photo by Terje Skår

TUSMØRKE’s will be holding a listening and Q&A session at the Platebutikken Big Dipper in Oslo on Tuesday 27 November.  Details of the event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/2115575042036695/

They will also be celebrating the release of “Osloborgerlig Tusmørke: Vardøger og utburder vol. 1” with the following two shows supported by SAMMAL and BISMARCK:

30 November:  Røverstaden, Oslo
https://www.facebook.com/events/289436484979229/

01 December:  Inside, Bergen
https://www.facebook.com/events/552001755238553/

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

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TUSMØRKE LAUNCHES FAIRY TALE VIDEO AND NEW SINGLE

When a band releases an album filled with fairy tale characters and a generous helping of magic in its storyline, it’s reasonable to suppose that there will be enough material for a video, and, indeed, for the latest single taken from their new album “Bydyra”, TUSMØRKE have treated us to one such video.

The single, “Lær de fattige å trylle” (Teach Magic to the Poor), is just one of the fifteen tracks on “Bydyra”, an album that consists of two original mini musicals, written specifically for a local children’s school in Oslo, with those same children also taking part.

Whilst “Bydyra”, which translated means “Urban Wildlife”, is aimed at children, it is, nevertheless, appealing to adults as well, with its lyrical and musical exploration of relatively “grown up” themes such as urban wildlife, the skyrocketing prices of housing in Oslo, the financial crisis, social issues, global warming, and good and bad magic.

And this duality of appeal is perfectly illustrated in the subject matter of the track, “Lær de fattige å trylle”, and its humorous accompanying video, resonating clearly in a society where people are constantly encouraged to increase their spending by increasing their debt. As TUSMØRKE explain:

“Teaching magic to the poor is a cunning plot initiated by the dark lords of the spheres of finance. By employing the black arts of modern alchemy, even the destitute can become eager consumers, on credit. Thus, the basest elements of the population are turned into gold, as debt slaves to the banks. Never trust a sorcerer who wears a suit and not a robe.”

The video for “Lær de fattige å trylle” by Aleksander U. Serigstad / Mondo Cane, can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/CFASvsogk4s

The single itself, released on the 27th October in digital format, is available from
Bandcamp: https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/track/l-r-de-fattige-trylle
Phonophile: http://phonofile.link/laer-de-fattige-aa-trylle

With artwork commissioned from the legendary Norwegian artist Thore Hansen, “Bydyra” is an album filled with enchantment as it follows the adventures of three magical creatures – a crow, a badger and a squirrel. Tracklisting on “Bydyra” is as follows:

01. Tre som bor i et Tre (Three who live in a Tree)
02. Trefar (Tree Father)
03. Mellomspill (Interlude)
04. Rottekongen (The Rat King)
05. På Biblioteket (At the Library)
06. Vi er eid (We are owned)
07. Dyrene i Byen (The Animals in the City)
08. Elvene i Oslo (The Rivers of Oslo)
09. 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 - Bydyra CD

Karisma Records are set to release “Bydyra” on the 10th November in CD Digipak, Transparent Green Vinyl, Black Vinyl, and Digital formats which are now available to pre-order from the following:

EU: https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/tusmorke/
Bandcamp: https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/
USA: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

TUSMØRKE’s members, drawn from bands such as WOBBLER, JORDSJØ and ALWANZATAR, field an almost dizzying variety of instruments, allowing the band develop its own unique take on Prog. 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, TUSMØRKE is proving to be popular not only with their studio output, but also live on stage.

TUSMØRKE will be appearing at the Dødes Helg event which will be held at the Aye Aye Club / Tortuga in Oslo from the 3 – 5 November, and will also play the following dates in Norway:

28 Oct: Brekkenparken, Skien
11 Nov: Big Dipper, Oslo
12 Nov: Sentralen UNG, Oslo
10 Dec: Blarollinger, Oslo

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

TUSMØRKE’s previous two singles can be heard at https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/album/bydyra

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TUSMØRKE RELEASES SECOND SINGLE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

When Norwgian Prog Folk Rockers TUSMØRKE announced that their fifth full-length album “Bydyra” would consist of two original mini musicals that were written specifically for a local children’s school in Oslo, and that children from the school would be taking part on the album, it certainly piqued the interest not only of the prog community, but also from music fans in general, who were interested in seeing what the result would be.

Having already released one single from the album, TUSMØRKE are giving fans and interested parties another glimpse into “Bydyra” with the release of the the track titled “Rottekongen” (The Rat King). According to the band: “When the Rat King isn’t devouring books in the library (literally), he roams about with his street gang, pestering strangers to make them feel unwelcome. These animals are pests, not pets”

“Rottekongen” is available from the following:

Bandcamp: https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/track/rottekongen
iTunes/Tidal/Spotify/Tidal: http://phonofile.link/rottekongen
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4YOufzCK2W5ea4Ghh8XRIu

“Bydyra”, which translated means “Urban Wildlife”, is an album filled with enchantment as it follows the adventures of three magical creatures – a crow, a badger and a squirrel. But adult fans of TUSMØRKE need not be dismayed though, because it will also appeal to them with its lyrical and musical exploration of relatively “grown up” themes such as urban wildlife, the skyrocketing prices of housing in Oslo, the financial crisis, social issues, global warming, and good and bad magic.

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

01. Tre som bor i et Tre (Three who live in a Tree)
02. Trefar (Tree Father)
03. Mellomspill (Interlude)
04. Rottekongen (The Rat King)
05. På Biblioteket (At the Library)
06. Vi er eid (We are owned)
07. Dyrene i Byen (The Animals in the City)
08. Elvene i Oslo (The Rivers of Oslo)
09. 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 - Bydyra CD

TUSMØRKE’s members, drawn from bands such as WOBBLER, JORDSJØ and ALWANZATAR, field an almost dizzying variety of instruments, allowing the band develop its own unique take on Prog. 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, TUSMØRKE is proving to be popular not only with their studio output, but also live on stage.

“Bydyra”, which is available in CD Digipak, Transparent Green Vinyl, Black Vinyl, and Digital formats can now be pre-ordered from the following:

EU: https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/tusmorke/
Bandcamp: https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/
USA: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

TUSMØRKE will be appearing at the Dødes Helg event which will be held at the Aye Aye Club / Tortuga in Oslo from the 3 – 5 November, and will also play the following dates in Norway:

28 Oct: Brekkenparken, Skien
11 Nov: Big Dipper, Oslo
12 Nov: Sentralen UNG, Oslo
10 Dec: Blarollinger, Oslo

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

Both “Rottekongen” and TUSMØRKE’s previous single, “Trefar”, or Tree Father, who “knows all that goes on in the forest. Where his knowledge dries out, the City Animals must seek out the Library to consult the letters printed on his pulped, dried and flattened children”, can be heard below

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TUSMØRKE DEBUTS TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Tusmørke - Bydyra CD

With TUSMØRKE fans (and their children) eagerly awaiting the November 10th release of “Bydyra” , the band’s fifth full-length album, Karisma Records have debuted a track from the album. Titled “Trefar” the track can be heard below and at http://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/album/bydyra

As some will already know, with “Bydyra” the Prog Folk Rockers have come up with something quite different, because this album has not only been written for children, there are also children performing on it. The title, which means “Urban Wildlife” gives an idea of the subject matter, which details the enchanting adventures of magical creatures that include a crow, a badger and a squirrel.

According to the band, the debut track is about the Trefar, or Tree Father, who “knows all that goes on in the forest. Where his knowledge dries out, the City Animals must seek out the Library to consult the letters printed on his pulped, dried and flattened children.”

Whilst it is true that “Bydyra” is aimed at children, TUSMØRKE have used their unique take on Prog Rock, seasoned it with humour, and produced an album that will also appeal to adults in its exploration of “grown up” subjects such as urban wildlife, the skyrocketing prices of housing in Oslo, the financial crisis, social issues, global warming, and good and bad magic.

Composed of two original mini musicals that were written specifically for a local children’s school in Oslo “Bydyra” contains fifteen tracks and includes artwork especially commissioned from the legendary Norwegian artist Thore Hansen. Tracklisting for “Bydyra” is as follows:

01. Tre som bor i et Tre (Three who live in a Tree)
02. Trefar (Three Father)
03. Mellomspill (Interlude)
04. Rottekongen (The Rat King)
05. På Biblioteket (At the Library)
06. Vi er eid (We are owned)
07. Dyrene i Byen (The Animals in the City)
08. Elvene i Oslo (The Rivers of Oslo)
09. 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

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.

“Bydyra”, which is available in CD Digipak, Transparent Green Vinyl, Black Vinyl, and Digital formats can now be pre-ordered from the following:

EU: https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/tusmorke/
Bandcamp: https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/
USA: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

TUSMØRKE will be appearing at the Dødes Helg event which will be held at the Aye Aye Club / Tortuga in Oslo from the 3 – 5 November, and will also play the following dates in Norway:

07 Oct: Union Scene Live, in Drammem
28 Oct: Brekkenparken, Skien
11 Nov: Big Dipper, Oslo
12 Nov: Sentralen UNG, Oslo
10 Dec: Blarollinger, Oslo

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

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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