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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
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
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 on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music

If there is one thing you can expect from TUSMØRKE it’s the unexpected, and so it is with their upcoming album “Nordisk Krim”, which is set for release on Karisma Records on the 26th February.

It is an album Psychedelic Folk Rock Proggers have long-dreamt of making, because it deals with one of their fascinations in life – the Danish Bog Bodies, which they first saw when they visited the museums at Moesgaard and Silkeborg as children and remained transfixed by the black bodies with their orange hair.

And today the band has chosen to release “Ride the Whimbrel”, the opening track from “Nordisk Krim” as a single, and you can stream or download it from various services at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/Tusmorke_RideTheWhimbrel

TUSMØRKE had this to say about the tack:

“Ride the Whibrel “is an homage to the spirits of the wetlands. Scouting the reedbeds for waders in the mist, heavy wings overhead glide in and out of focus. Riding the timbrel; villagers would parade their victim in a cart before ducking them in the village pond. Riding the whimbrel; the ethereal body of the drowned float through the fog in the plumage of large shorebirds. Picture a pink flamingo by a kidney shaped pool; then shrink the bird, make it dusky and give it a bill the shape of the new moon; then replace the pool with an archaeological dig in a dark, dank, Danish moor; now you may ride the whimbrel. “

Regarding the title of the album itself, TUSMØRKE explained that: 

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

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)!

With artwork by Anne Margrete Sjøflot, track listing on “Nordisk Krim”, which is a double concept album coming in at a whopping 82 minutes, 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” scan 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
Promo and other information: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
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 on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karismarecords/
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music

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Hot on the heels of their surprising children’s album, released on Karisma Records in late 2017, Norwegian Psychedelic Prog Folk Rockers TUSMØRKE are set to release “Fjernsyn i farver”, their sixth full length album,  on the 4th May.

Never having been a band that is afraid of anyone, or anything, even the extremely complex, and rather baffling theories of existence,  TUSMØRKE are happy to tackle any subject matter they perceive to be significant, and are quite prepared to wrestle their musical way through ideas that they barely comprehend.  Which brings us to the somewhat mind-blowing concept on which “Fjernsyn i farver” is based.

Or maybe that should be “concepts” because “Fjernsyn i farver”, which translated means “Colour Television”,  is loosely based on the two concepts of Light and Time and their relationship with reality.  Or, as the band explains:

“Everything we see is a reflection made by light from the sun hitting an object.   The reflected light is registered by our eyes, but the reflection is also sent out in all other possible directions, travelling at the speed of light. The unobstructed reflections would travel forever onwards into space, therefore, theoretically, if we could devise a means to move faster than light, we could overtake these reflections and view them again, seeing history backwards.

“The second idea is that light is invisible until it hits something and is reflected back, creating an image in colour which the human eye can see. So if there were no physical objects to reflect the light, there would be an eternal totality, a darkness of sorts, since light would not be seen”.

“Fjernsyn i farver”, which will be available in Dikipak, Digital Download, 12″ Vinyl and Limited Edition Purple Vinyl formats,  is served up with TUSMØRKE’s brand of psychedelic prog folk, so that whilst the ideas may seem a little “out there”, the music is very accessible and, as always, interesting.

With artwork by Linn Solveig Halvorsrød and design by Tom Korsvold.,  tracklisting on the album us as follows:

  1. Fjernsyn i farver (Colour Television)
  2. Kniven i kurven (The Knife in the Basket)
  3. Borgerlig tussmørke (Civil Twilight)
  4. 3001
  5. Death Czar
  6.  Tøyens hemmelighet (The Secret of Tøyen)

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“Fjernsyn i farver” is now available to pre-order from the following:

BandCamp:  https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com/album/fjernsyn-i-farver
EU webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/
US webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

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, and HlewagastiR on Drums and percussion.

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


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/Tusmorke/
Bandcamp:  https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com
Band contact: tusmorke.booking@gmail.com
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
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/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords

 

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Photo by Terje Skår

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.

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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.

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Photo by Terje Skår

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

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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


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/Tusmorke/
Bandcamp:  https://tusm-rke.bandcamp.com
Band contact: tusmorke.booking@gmail.com
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
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/
Karisma Records BandCamp: http://karismarecords.bandcamp.com/music
Karisma Records KlickTrack Store:  http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords