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Fans of Norwegian Prog Rockers  JORDSJØ who are eagerly awaiting the release of “Pastoralia”, the band’s third full-length album, have been offered another glimpse into what to expect with the release of a new single from the album.

Titled “Mellom Mjødurt, Marisko og Søstermarihånd”, the single can be downloaded or streamed from a number of digital platforms at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/Jordsjo_MellomMjodurt-Marisko-og-Sostermarihaand

JORDSJØ’s Håkon Oftung  gave us some idea of how the track came about, and the inspiration behind it:

The concept of “Mellom Mjødurt, Marisko og Søstermarihånd” came to me when I was cycling around the eastern part of Norway, near the Swedish border.  It  was written in the summer 2020 on Karlsøy, a small island northwest of Tromsø in northern Norway. Through the music, which is built around two main themes that are connected to each other by three different musical intermezzos,  I tried to capture some sort of lyrical snapshot of each of three places that are very dear to me.  Åsa Ree contributed with both the doubling of the lead vocals and with some beautiful backing harmonies.

In  the tradition of some of last centuries’ best Nordic rock, JORDSJØ’s duo of multi instrumentalist Håkon Oftung (TUSMØRKE, BLACK MAGIC) and drummer Kristian Frøland, meld Progressive rock with interesting melodies, whilst giving the whole a Folk-inspired twist.  And, for  “Pastoralia”, they have  produced an album that is a musical journey that travels from minimalist mellotron passages to a full on rock tempest, and which sees JORDSJØ moving  further into jazzy, progressive,  musical landscapes.

Thematically, the album is based on dreams, a longing for freedom and the fictional place “Pastoralia”, where every day is like tropical nights in Northern Norway, where the forest people dance around campfires.

Joining the duo on “Pastoralia” are a number of guests including Ola Mile Bruland (ACTIONFREDAG), Håkon Knutzen, Vilde Mortensen Storesund, Mats Lemjan, Christian Meaas Svendsen and Åsa Ree (MEER, TUSMØRKE, WOBBLER).

Recorded and produced in its entirety by JORDSJØ between March and November 2020, in the basement of Bjørnerød Gård  in Våler, Østfold, and with artwork by  Sindre Foss Skancke, tracklisting for “Pastoralia” is as follows:

  1. Prolog
  2. Skumring i Karesuando
  3. Mellom Mjødurt, Marisko og Søstermarihånd
  4. Pastoralia
  5. Fuglehviskeren
  6. Beitemark
  7. Vettedans
  8. Jord III

Set for release on Karisma Records on the 7th May, “Pastoralia” will be available in CD, Digital and black Vinyl formats as well as in a blue Vinyl version which will be limited to 600 copies.  It is now available to pre-order from the following:

Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/
Bandcamp: https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com 

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

A video for the track ” Hulderheimen”  from JORDSJØ’s self-titled 2015 release can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/F-kRpbd0kGI

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jordsjoe/
Bandcamp: https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

With a firmly established reputation for welcoming some of the finest Prog and Rock acts, both long-established as well as new, to its roster, Norway’s Karisma Records is also  making a name for itself by taking some of the legendary, and long-unavailable,  recordings of its established artists and making them once again available to fans. And, declining to take the easy route, the re-releases are often either re-mixed or re-mastered (in this case by Jacob Holm-Lupo), and  in formats not previously available.

Next up in its catalogue of re-releases come three albums from ARABS IN ASPIC, a band that has been in the forefront of 70’s inspired progressive rock and proto-hard rock in Norway for the past fifteen years.   The three re-releases in question will be “Progeria”, “Far Out in Aradabia” and “Strange Frame of Mind”, all of which will be available in CD, Digital, Black Vinyl and Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl formats.

2003’s mini-album “Progeria”, was released as a CD only, and was the first outing for ARABS IN ASPIC, which, at this point was as a mixture of the psychedelic space rock akin to Hawkwind, and the heaviness and darkness of early Black Sabbath.  At the time of “Progeria’s” release the band had released several demo and was very active in the live scene in the Trondheim area. Their rehearsal space was located in the Hells Angels club house in Trondheim, much to the consternation of the local police!

Released in 2004, again in CD only, “Far Out In Aradabia”  saw ARABS IN ASPIC becoming bolder and more adventurous with their song writing sound.  Having enlisted a keyboard player, the band’s musical inspirations had become broader as well, and ARABS IN ASPIC started to venture more into the realms of progressive rock.  It is interesting to note that the last track on the album was a 65 minute studio jam, which was eventually edited down to 19 minutes.  “Far Out In Aradabia” was also the first album on which Julia Proszowzka did the artwork, and she has worked with the band ever since.

By the time “Strange Frame of Mind” appeared as a CD in 2010, ARABS IN ASPIC had recruited Hammond virtuoso Stig Arve Jørgensen on keys and backing vocals after seeing him perform FOCUS’ “Hocus Pocus”!  “Strange Frame of Mind” is very much an album that serves as a bridge between early ARABS IN ASPIC, and the band they are today.

In addition to the individual re-re releases of each of the three albums, Karisma Records will also be releasing a Limited Edition LP box set titled “I-III”.  Aside from all three of the albums in an exclusive “Aspic” coloured vinyl, the box will include a slip mat and a 12 page booklet with stories and photos from the early days of ARAB IN ASPIC.

All three albums and the box set (which is limited to 300 copies) will hit the streets on the 18 June, are now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamp:  https://arabs.bandcamp.com
US Webshop:  https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com

Today, only Jostein Smeby on Guitars and Vocals and Eskil Nyhus on Drums and Cymbals, remain from the original ARABS IN ASPIC lineup, which now also includes  Stig Jørgensen on Organs and Vocals, Erik Paulsen on Bass and Vocals, and Alessandro G. Elide on Percussion and Gongs.  Despite rather modestly saying of themselves that they ” play music”,  dive deeper into ARABS IN ASPIC and you will find that the music the band produces  includes a multitude of aspects of classic rock, funk, pop, prog, heavy rock, bossa nova and a capella.  

More information about ARABS IN ASPIC can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/arabsinaspic/ or on their website at  http://www.arabsinaspic.org/

A video of Arabs in Aspic live can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/v3jekw2m19c

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arabsinaspic/
Website: http://www.arabsinaspic.org/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/arabsinaspic
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/dragedraug
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

Karisma Records have inked a deal with MONSTEREO that will see the label release the Norwegian Rockers’ third full-length album later this year. 

MONSTEREO is a Bergen-based four-piece lineup consisting of Ola Utaaker Segadal on lead vocals and electric guitars, Øyvind Aase Fluge on electric guitars, Jørgen Stangeland Bach on Bass guitar, and Jon Bolstad on Drums. They have been serving up catchy melodies and energetic rock songs for over a decade.

With their upcoming album, which will be titled “In the Hollow of a Wave”, MONSTEREO are back with an album which is by far the heaviest the band has produced to date.

Karisma is a great fit for us! They love old school rock. That’s a vibe we can get behind and we are really happy that Karisma saw potential in our music. The people behind this great label are genuine music lovers. They are easy-going as well as hard working and we couldn’t have asked for a better partner says Ola Utaaker Segadal.

With this album MONSTEREO demonstrates their richest and broadest sound yet, with more keyboards, synths, and a variety of guitars, offering, according to the band, “teeth-grinding riffs, big choruses and rock-solid grooves”.

The tracks on “In The Hollow of a Wave” represent the best of two worlds. Catchy melodies, heavy riffs and a big sound, combined with exploratory instrumental sections that build towards a euphoric climax. MONSTEREO had this to say about their collaboration with Karisma Records:

We can’t wait to release our new album on Karisma records. Karisma’s roster is legendary, sporting some amazing bands and artists like KRAKOW, TUSMØRKE, RUPHUS, SHAMAN ELEPHANT, and we are super stoked to be part of the crew, says Øyvind Aase Fluge.

Rooted in 70’s Rock and Psychedelia, the band’s 2013 debut full-length “Spacesuits, On” brought MONSTERO’s Space Rock, with its jam-sections and exploratory feel to a wider audience. The 2014 follow up “Bright Dark” saw the band forming it’s musical identity, with distinctive guitar riffs and vocal melodies being given more prominence. Now, in 2021, “In The Hollow of a Wave” consolidates the bands musical expression with an all-out rock’n roll banger.

More  information about MONSTEREO can be found on the band’s Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/monstereobergen, or on their website at http://www.monstereo.no/ 

A video of MONSTEREO playing live at Kvarteret in Bergen can be seen at https://youtu.be/NrKLnLCsqcc

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monstereobergen  
Website: http://www.monstereo.no/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MONSTEREOBERGEN/ 
Band Contact:  monstereo.bergen@gmail.com
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

Karisma Records will release the final album from the back catalogue of Prog Rockers AIRBAG on the 11th June, and this completes the quartet of re-releases from the band that has been hailed as one of the most important to emerge from the Norwegian prog scene over the past decades, and one that has succeeded in garnering  a world-wide fan base.

As with the previous AIRBAG re-releases, 2009’s “The Greatest Show on Earth”, 2011’s “All Rights Removed” and 2016’s “Disconnected”, “Identity” has been totally remastered by  Jacob Holm-Lupo (WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL).

“Identity” was AIRBAG’s first full-length album, which gave fans a taste of what the future would look like for a band with a unique sound  that draws elements from classic and progressive rock, chill and jazz, and drawing their  influences from artist from a wide range of genres –  from Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree to Talk Talk, Radiohead and Marillion (Steve Hogarth era).

Comprising eight songs, and showcasing AIRBAG’s classic progressive rock sound, blended with scenic soundscapes, epic guitars and soulful vocals, the re-release will be available in a special Limited Edition Deluxe version, complete with a 12 page booklet and a die-cut sleeve, as well as in Limited Digisleeve and regular jewel case CD formats

This is what the band had to say about it:

“Identity” has a very special place in our hearts and many of the songs are still staples in our live performances. It’s the album that started it all and it seems to mean so much to so many of our fans around the world. We’re proud to release this deluxe version and present the music and artwork the way we always envisioned it. 

AIRBAG’s lineup on “Identity” is comprised of Asle Tostrup on vocals,  Bjørn Riis on  guitars & vocals, Jørgen Hagen on  keyboards, Anders Hovdan on  bass and Joachim Slikker on drums.

Tracklisting is as follows:

1) Prelude
2) No Escape
3) Safe Like You
4) Steal My Soul
5) Feeling Less
6) Colours
7) How I Wanna Be
8) Sounds That I Hear

In addition to “Identity”, Karisma Records will also be releasing a different version of  “The Greatest Show on Earth”, which was originally re-released in 2020 as a Limited Edition, and which sold out virtually immediately.  This was AIRBAG’s third full-length, and the first to be released directly onto  vinyl,  and the new 2021 version will be available as a double LP in Blue Vinyl. 

On “The Greatest Show on Earth”, AIRBAG’s lineup of  Bjørn Riis on guitars, Asle Tostrup on vocals Henrik Fossum on drums Jørgen Grüner-Hagen on keyboards and Anders Fossum Hovdan on bass,  along with engineer and co-producer Vegard Sleipnes, raised AIRBAG’s music  to the next level. 

It is an album that sees AIRBAG continue their journey through atmospheric soundscapes and dealing in serious topics by creating cinematic pictures  and drawing the listener’s emotions into the band’s world.  The distinctive AIRBAG sound is still there, but this time the album is a bit rougher,  with some heavier parts.

Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Surveillance (part 1)                  
2. Redemption                                 
3. Silence Grows                                              
4. Call Me Back                                 
5. The Greatest Show on Earth 
6. Surveillance (part 2-3)

Both “Identity” and “The Greatest Show on Earth” are now available to pre-order from:

Webshop Vinyl: https://www.karismarecords.no/product/vinyl/
Webshop CD:  https://www.karismarecords.no/product/cd/
Bandcamp: https://airbagsound.bandcamp.com
US Webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/ 

Formed in the mid 2000’s AIRBAG today is made up of Asle Tostrup on vocals,  Bjørn Riis on guitars, and  Henrik Bergan Fossum on drums, a trio that is adept at blending diverse musical styles and sounds with a strong narrative listening experience, as witnessed by their latest critically acclaimed album “A Day at the Beach” which, since its release in June 2020, has already been pressed 13,000 times.

 More  information about AIRBAG on the band’s website at http://www.airbagsound.com/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound

A video of AIRBAG performing in Quebec in 2019 can be seen at https://youtu.be/3fFoN-JJr-U   

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/airbagsound/
Airbag Booking: bjorn@airbag.no
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

Karisma Records have set the 7th May as the date when they will their complete their ambitious task of releasing the entire back catalogue of Norwegian prog/jazz rock legends RUPHUS. 

From their early days playing hard progressive rock, to becoming one of the leaders in the field of jazz rock RUPHUS were regarded as a ground-breaking band – the Norwegian equivalent of YES if you like, not just in style, but also in skill, as evidenced by their long, melodic  compositions,  and multiple, intertwined themes.  

Originally released in 1979, “Manmade” was  a truly  worthy end to the career of a band who, over the years, has created a musical legacy that is as fresh, varied  and original today as it was over three decades ago.   And the reason why RUPHUS has been able to create so much variety in their sound is due in large part to the band’s revolving door strategy, with each new member bringing with them their own influences, skills and performances.

After the 1978 release of the band’s fifth album “Flying Colours” RUPHUS lost three of its members. One of them was drummer Thor Bendiksen a loss that, on the surface, seemed almost unthinkable as he had been one of the original founding members.  But nothing seemed to deters the  band that has always relished change,  and Bjørn Jenssen proved to be a more than worthy replacement.  

Elsewhere Kjell Rønningen replaced Jan Simonsen on keyboards, whilst vocalist  Gudny Aspaas returned for her third stint with the band.  Along with original members Kjell Larsen on guitars and  Asle Nilsen on bass, both of whom were the only members to appear on all the band’s albums, RUPHUS decamped to the UK to record “Manmade” with producers Steven O’Donnell and Colin H. Jennings.

As with the previous five RUPHUS back-catalogue releases, the considerable skills of Jacob Holm-Lupo (WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL, etc) were called upon to re-master “Manmade”, which will be available in CD, LP and a 250 copy Limited Edition White Vinyl Version.

With cover design by Bruno Oldani, tracklisting for “Manmade” is as follows:

  1. Clear View
  2. Snowy Days
  3. Greener Grass Elsewhere
  4. Dear Friend
  5. When the Tide Comes In
  6. Fashion of Today

“Manmade” is now available to pre-order from https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/

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

A video of RUPHUS playing live can be seen below and at  https://youtu.be/u4yki9Xf3gc

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebandruphus/
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma Records on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

For their third full-length release, Norwegian Rockers DOBBELTGJENGER, have come up with “SMOOTH FAILING”,  an album chock-full of catchy songs and funky rhythms, which, according to the band, is

An explosive, dark and neon saturated party album, where naive, riff based “the Strokes-esque” themes are met with vigorous grooves and cheeky falsettos. The album is about the gritty “BOOM!”s, manic “FUN!”s, gut wrenching “OH FUCK!”s and terrifying “I LOVE Y…”s of life.

And, with less than a month to go to its 9th April release, Karisma Records have today given fans, old and new,  a further glimpse into what they can expect from a lineup that uses an impressive array of instruments and skills, all of which contribute to DOBBELTGJENGER’s distinctive and varied sound.

The glimpse into DOBBELTGJENGER’s universe comes in the form of a single taken from the album and titled “LIVING IN OVERDRIVE” which can be downloaded or streamed from a number of platforms at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/dobbeltgjenger_living-in-overdrive

According to the band:

“LIVING IN OVERDRIVE ” is about the flamboyancy and recklessness in «over-experiencing» life. Sometimes we see the relationships we encounter and the life that we are living in full color and in 5D. It’s intense, saturated, terrifying and exhilarating, all at the same time”. 

For a band whose avowed intention is to bring back not just the Groove, but also the Fun, in Rock Music, Vegard Wikne (OCEAN OF LOTION) vocals, guitars, bass and synths;  Sondre Veland (MAJOR PARKINSON & OSSICLES) drums, percussion, grunts and guitar solo on Johanna; Knut-Martin Langeland Rasmussen on guitars;, Bastian Veland on guitar, synth, percussion  etc., and Jone Kuven on bass, with Jonas Flemsæter Hamre (session saxophone), are expertly able to stretch their sound in all kinds of directions in order to produce an album is not just about fun, manic or otherwise, but which also comes with a darker side.

As  DOBBELTGENGER explain:

“SMOOTH FAILING”  has been brewing on different computers for over three years. The record was written in a quite tumultuous, manic and self-destructive period of primus motor Vegard Wiknes’  life. SMOOTH FAILING revolves around the delight and self-deception of doing all the wrong things in your life. It´s a dark party album, made for bad decisions!

With artwork by Klende, track listing for “SMOOTH FAILING” is as follows:

  1. ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM
  2. COME ON OVER
  3. JOHANNA
  4. DIVE IN
  5. BUILDING SKYSCRAPERS
  6. LIVING IN OVERDRIVE
  7. ELECTRICAL SEASONS
  8. LA DEE DA
  9. DO THE WRONG THINGS

“SMOOTH FAILING”  will be available in Digital, CD, and Vinyl formats and can now be pre-ordered from the following:

Webshop:  karismarecords.no/shop
Bandcamp: https://dobbeltgjenger.bandcamp.com

A video for a previously released single “JOHANNA”, from DOBBELTGJENGER’s “SMOOTH FALLING” album  can be seen at https://youtu.be/bieplRiafAA

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: https://www.facebook.com/dobbeltgjengerofficial/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyGofEc5xSOmxVDmiuSaulg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DOBBELTGJENGEROFFICIAL/
Snapchat: DOBBELTGJENGEROFFICIAL
Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/2fj2XxUCPutZwFUM4ZB9rk
 Band contact: dobbeltgjengerband@gmail.com
Booking: jorgen@agenturet.no
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

Almost exactly two years after the release of their last album, Norwegian Prog Rockers JORDSJØ are back with their third full-length.  Titled “Pastoralia”, the album is a must for fans of Scandinavian prog, following, as it does, the tradition of some of last centuries’ best Nordic rock by melding Progressive rock with interesting melodies, and giving the whole a Folk-inspired twist.

As a prelude to its release, JORDSJØ have chosen to debut “Skumring i Karesuando”,  the second track from “Pastoralia”,  and the band had this to say about the track:

“Skumring i Karesuando” is a little glimpse into Jordsjø and Actionfredags mini “Terra Borealis Tour”, where we played in Trondheim, Umeå and Karlsøy in Troms. A slightly scruffy caravan which slowly and steadily marched through desolate and majestic landscapes. The song is split into four parts, called Ferd, Syner, Ankomst and Hjem.

“Skumring i Karesuando” can be downloaded or streamed from a variety of services at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/Jordsjo_Skumring-i-Karesuando

Well known in the flourishing Oslo Prog scene, and inspired by European 20th century classical and jazz music, JORDSJØ’s duo is comprised of multi instrumentalist Håkon Oftung (TUSMØRKE, BLACK MAGIC) and drummer Kristian Frøland. With “Pastoralis”, the band has produced an album that is a musical journey that travels from minimalist mellotron passages to a full on rock tempest and sees the JORDSJØ moving  further into jazzy, progressive,  musical landscapes.

“Pastoralia” was recorded and produced in its entirety by JORDSJØ between March and November 2020, in the basement of Bjørnerød Gård  in Våler, Østfold. Thematically, the album is based on dreams, a longing for freedom and the fictional place “Pastoralia” – where every day is like tropical nights in Northern Norway, where the forest people dance around campfires.

JORDSJØ are joined on “Pastoralia” by a number of guests including Ola Mile Bruland (ACTIONFREDAG), Håkon Knutzen, Vilde Mortensen Storesund, Mats Lemjan, Christian Meaas Svendsen and Åsa Ree (MEER, TUSMØRKE, WOBBLER).

With artwork by  Sindre Foss Skancke, tracklisting for “Pastoralia” is as follows:

  1. Prolog
  2. Skumring i Karesuando
  3. Mellom Mjødurt, Marisko og Søstermarihånd
  4. Pastoralia
  5. Fuglehviskeren
  6. Beitemark
  7. Vettedans
  8. Jord III

Set for release on Karisma Records on the 7th May, “Pastoralia” will be available in CD, Digital and black Vinyl formats as well as in a blue Vinyl version which will be limited to 600 copies.  It is now available to pre-order from the following:

https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/
https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com
https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com (US)

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

A video for the track ” Hulderheimen”  from JORDSJØ’s self-titled 2015 release can be seen at https://youtu.be/F-kRpbd0kGI

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jordsjoe/
Bandcamp: https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
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Not long now before Karisma Records releases “Nordisk Krim” the latest album from Psychedelic Folk Rock Proggers TUSMØRKE, for whom the album has a particular significance, since, having developed a fascination with the subject matter long ago,  it is an album they have dreamt of making for most of their lives. 

It was as children visiting in the museums at Moesgaard and Silkeborg that they first laid eyes on the famous Danish Bog Bodies with their orange hair, and where the seeds were sown for the project that was to eventually become “Nordisk Krim”.  As the band explains:

Nordisk Krim, which means Nordic Noir, 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 rites, those whose bodies are in the bog, but whose souls are among the stars in the heavens.

Everyone knows about mummification of bodies in Egypt,  but maybe not everyone knows how the myths and practices surrounding those mummies affected bodies found elsewhere, even when those bodies had mummified due to natural conditions, as was the case in Scandinavia.  So today, with the release of the single “Mumia” TUSMØRKE  gives a glimpse  into the ancient practices, and the myths.

“Mumia” can be streamed or downloaded from a number of services at

https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/Tusmorke_Mumia

TUSMØRKE  were happy to give us this insight into their own quirky take on the subject of “Mumia”:

Ancient as well as early modern medicine was attracted to anything spectacular as a cure for any ailment, whether it was ingesting mercury against syphilis, smoking herbs up the arse against constipation or drinking aquavit against a common cold. The king of ineffective cures was arguably pulverised mummies, imported from Egypt to treat diverse maladies. Something preserved for five thousand years must be good for something, right?

Egypt was far away from Scandinavia, however, a fact that spawned the questionable business idea of pulverising bog bodies, marketed as mummy powder, or mumia. It can be argued that this was just as effective as the original Egyptian medicine. However, it also turned a number of suffering patients into ghouls. Worth a song, anyway.

The lineup on “Nordisk Krim”  includes  Benediktator (bass & vocals), Krizla (flute & vocals), HlewagastiR (drums), Haugebonden Gode Gullstein (keys) and Åsa Ree (violin), who recorded and produced the whole thing  in Benedikator’s home studio (Det Ytre Rommet). Apart, of course, from some field recordings and some bubble noises recorded in the bathtub (The Bubble Bath of Blood)!

“Nordisk Krim”, which will hit the streets on the 26th February,  is a double concept album coming in at a whopping 82 minutes.  With artwork by Anne Margrete Sjøflot for both the album and all the singles,  track listing is as follows:

  1. Ride the Whimbrel
  2. Age of Iron Man
  3. Mumia
  4. Cauldron Bog
  5. Dog’s Flesh
  6. Moss Goddess
  7. Black Incubation
  8. Et Moselik
  9. Heksejakt
  10. (The Marvellous and Murderous) Mysteries of Sacrifice

“Nordisk Krim” will be available in digital, double CD and double LP formats, with the vinyl being limited to 666 copies in transparent magenta.  It can be pre-ordered from:

Webshop:  https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/

Bandcamp: https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com

US Webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/ 

A video for the previously released single “Age of Iron Man” can be seen below

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/Tusmorke/
Bandcamp:  https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com  
Band contact: tusmorke.booking@gmail.com
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
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Known for their ability to stretch their sound in a variety of different directions, Norwegian Rockers DOBBELTGJENGER recently announced that their latest album “SMOOTH FAILING” was set for release on Karisma Records on the 9th April.  Welcome news indeed for fans who had been waiting three years for new material from a band whose avowed intention is to bring back not just the Groove, but also the Fun, in Rock Music.

And today, with the release of single “BUILDING SKYSCRAPERS”,  Karisma Records offers us another glimpse into what to expect from DOBBELTGJENGER’s third full-length album.  The image created in the mind’s eye by the title of the song itself is very apt for the subject matter,  as the band explains:

Building skyscrapers together with other people and within ourselves takes courage. Meeting and getting close to people is very scary, but incredible and beautiful. The height of the potential fall of a skyscraper and the majestic and impressive nature of them, makes them a perfect metaphor for new and intense relationships.

“BUILDING SKYSCRAPERS”, can be streamed or downloaded from a variety of services at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/dobbeltgjenger_buildingskyscrapers

A video for the single can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/4eYs4PXlQ3U

“BUILDING SKYSCRAPERS” is a totally different animal from the previously released single “JOHANNA”, and stands as a clear testament to the different sound that DOBBELTGJENGER’s lineup of Vegard Wikne (OCEAN OF LOTION) vocals, guitars, bass and synths;  Sondre Veland (MAJOR PARKINSON & OSSICLES) drums, percussion, grunts and guitar solo on Johanna; Knut-Martin Langeland Rasmussen on guitars;, Bastian Veland on guitar, synth, percussion etc., and Jone Kuven on bass, with Jonas Flemsæter Hamre (session saxophone), are able to bring to the band’s music.

With “SMOOTH FAILING” DOBBELTGJENGER have come up with an album that is full of catchy songs and funky rhythms, or, as the band says:

An explosive, dark and neon saturated party album, where naive, riff based “the Strokes-esque” themes are met with vigorous grooves and cheeky falsettos. The album is about the gritty “BOOM!”s, manic “FUN!”s, gut wrenching “OH FUCK!”s and terrifying “I LOVE Y…”s of life.

Of course, “SMOOTH FAILING” is not just about fun, manic or otherwise, and comes with  a darker side, as the band recently revealed:

This album has been brewing on different computers for over three years. The record was written in a quite tumultuous, manic and self-destructive period of primus motor Vegard Wiknes’  life. SMOOTH FAILING revolves around the delight and self-deception of doing all the wrong things in your life. It´s a dark party album, made for bad decisions!

With artwork by Klende, track listing for “SMOOTH FAILING” is as follows:

  1. ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM
  2. COME ON OVER
  3. JOHANNA
  4. DIVE IN
  5. BUILDING SKYSCRAPERS
  6. LIVING IN OVERDRIVE
  7. ELECTRICAL SEASONS
  8. LA DEE DA
  9. DO THE WRONG THINGS

“SMOOTH FAILING”  will be available in Digital, CD, and Vinyl formats and can now be pre-ordered from the following:

Webshop:  karismarecords.no/shop
Bandcamp: https://dobbeltgjenger.bandcamp.com

DOBBELTGJENGER’s previous single “JOHANNA”, can be streamed or downloaded from the following  https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/DOBBELTGJENGER_JOHANNA

Whilst the video can be seen below and at https://youtu.be/bieplRiafAA

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: https://www.facebook.com/dobbeltgjengerofficial/
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyGofEc5xSOmxVDmiuSaulg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DOBBELTGJENGEROFFICIAL/
Snapchat: DOBBELTGJENGEROFFICIAL
Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/2fj2XxUCPutZwFUM4ZB9rk
 Band contact: dobbeltgjengerband@gmail.com
Booking: jorgen@agenturet.no
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Prog Rockers AIRBAG have released a video of the band performing a short acoustic set comprising four songs, three of which are taken from the band’s current album “A Day at the Beach”, and a fourth track, which has never been released before.

In a play on words referencing their  latest album, “A Day in the Studio”  is a set that  shows one of Norway’s leading prog bands in an intimate setting, away from the usual festival stages, which is where fans are most used to seeing them. 

It is very much a way to connect with fans during a bleak period throughout the world, and one in which live shows are all but a memory.  As the band explains:

2020 has been a difficult year for us all. With our new album, “A Day at the Beach”, out in June we had planned to tour and play live for all our fans and friends but it was not to be. Still, we wanted to do something special that would keep us connected to our fans and also to say thanks for everyone’s support in these trying times. Doing this acoustic session allowed us to revisit songs from the new album and a few old ones as well. A new challenge for sure but a fun and inspiring experience. 

“A Day in the Studio” was recorded at the Subsonic Society Studio in Oslo, Norway, and can be seen blow and at https://youtu.be/el-pY9U8TYQ

Mixed by Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes and filmed by Eirik Stordrange, tracklisting for “A Day in the Studio” is as follows: 

Machines and Men (A Day at the Beach)
Sunsets (A Day at the Beach)
Into the Unknown (A Day at the Beach)
Come on In (Unreleased)

There are also plans to release DVD of “A Day in the Studio” in the near future.

In addition, Karisma Records plan to release the entire “A Day in the Studio” set, along with two extra bonus tracks, in CD, Vinyl and Digital formats in the Autumn of this year. The two bonus tracks will be “Colours” and “Sounds That I Hear” from AIRBAG’s 2009 album “Identity” .

A new version of “Identity” itself will be released in vinyl format, and Karisma records will be announcing details of this, along with more details about the “A Day in the Studio” release,  in the near future.

Hailed as one of the most important bands to emerge from the Norwegian prog scene over the past decades, AIRBAG  was formed in the mid 2000’s with a lineup that comprised five high school class mates, two of whom,  Asle Tostrup on vocals and Bjørn Riis on guitars, have been joined by  Henrik Bergan Fossum on drums and form today’s incarnation of AIRBAG as a trio.  

AIRBAG is band adept at blending diverse musical styles and sounds with a strong narrative listening experience and you can find more  information about them on the band’s website at http://www.airbagsound.com/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/airbagsound/
Airbag Booking: bjorn@airbag.no  
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no 
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