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Kjetil Mulelid Trio
What You Thought Was Home

When you’re 28 and you’re being compared to jazz piano greats like Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, you must be doing something right. Kjetil Mulelid Trio have been earning all sorts of impressive compliments from publications such as All That Jazz and The Wire following their 2017 debut, 'Not Nearly Enough To Buy a House'. Second album, 'What You Thought Was Home', sees the Norwegian backed by his reliable rhythm section, beguile once again with a set of complex and rich new compositions 

Krokofant with Ståle Storløkken and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
Q

After three albums in as many years, Norwegian jazz-rock trio Krokofant felt it was time to move away from working solely as a trio, roping in musicians Ståle Storløkken and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten to record with them. The result is the mysteriously titled Q, consisting of four long tracks with the same title ranging from tranquil beauty to frenzied freakouts. 

Fire! Orchestra
Arrival

For those who haven't heard of Fire! Orchestra what you need to do is imagine a big band willing to channel all its resources into one thing: weight. Their previously resources have been heftier than most most metal releases, and though they've trimmed down from 28 to 14 members for Arrival it doesn't make them any less potent. Sublime in the way that music so rarely is. On Rune Grammofon.

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Evil In Oslo

Hedvig Mollestad Trio are led by Hedvig Mollestad (surprise surprise), who is properly trained in jazz music: here though, she leads her trio into darkly funky territory that is more influenced by heavy psychedelic rock, somewhere her gnarly guitar chops sit very comfortably. Evil In Oslo is a live document spread over 2 LPs, on Rune Grammofon.
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Hedvig Mollestad Trio
All Of Them Witches


Elephant9
Psychedelic Backfire I

Elephant9 spent some quality time in front of an audience over the course of four nights in a small Oslo venue, and they recorded the results for two album releases. Psychedelic Backfire I is a great example of this trio’s post-jazz explorations, with material from across their catalogue given an airing with fresh improvisational elements. Six tracks of live energy.

Elephant9 with Reine Fiske
Psychedelic Backfire II

Norwegian post-jazz supergroup Elephant9 spent some quality time in front of an audience over the course of four nights in a small Oslo venue, and they recorded the results for two album releases. Psychedelic Backfire II features the guest presence of Reine Fiske, whose rhythm guitar fits right in with the rich and remarkable Elephant9 sound. Four lengthy live cuts.

Motorpsycho
Begynnelser

Motorpsycho composed this music for use in a play: imagine going to the theatre and seeing Motorpsycho play alongside the drama! Lovely. However, this audio release of Begynnelser has been designed specifically for listening, meaning that it contains material and sequencing different to the actual performed play. Begynnelser is presented as a double 10” and CD, plus a DVD with a full filmed performance of the play! On Rune Grammofon.
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Motorpsycho
Roadwork Vol. 1

Roadwork Vol. 1 is the first installment of four live compilation albums by Norwegian psych/prog band Motorpsycho. Roadwork Vol. 1 was recorded during the 1998 Trust US European Tour. Eight tracks have been picked from over forty hours of music to give you, the listener, the cream of the crop. 180g red coloured vinyl LP or CD on Rune Gramafon. Limited to 500 copies.
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Bushman's Revenge
Bushman's Fire

Bushman’s Revenge are a jazz band who have often looked like a proggy rock band, and this live document is no exception. Bushman’s Fire is about right, as the group are on storming form during this Oslo gig. They even brought in extra sax and hammond players for extra firepower. Released by Rune Grammofon.

Kim Hiorthøy & Rune Kristoffersen
Let's Put It To Music: 20 Years Of Rune Grammofon

Musician, designer and illustrator Kim Hiorthøy is surely best known for the visual presentation of every one of Norwegian jazz/experimental titan Rune Grammofon’s releases to date. That’s two hundred by now. There’ve been couple of collections of Hiorthøy’s designs over the years, but with the label now at its twentieth anniversary this book is by far the most voluminous and comprehensive to date. Accompanied by a 7” of exclusive tunes by Fire! Orchestra, Maja Ratkje and The Last Hurrah! & Nora Zheng.

Motorpsycho
Roadwork Vol. 2

The second part of Motorpsycho’s live compilation series, Roadwork Vol. 2, captures the band live at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 1995. An odd place for them to play, perhaps. However, they accepted the invitation of fellow Norwegians, The Source, a free Jazz combo who clearly felt that Motorpsycho’s psych/prog explorations would suit some far out augmentation. 180g blue coloured vinyl LP or CD on Rune Gramafon. Limited to 500 copies.
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Motorpsycho
The Crucible

We’ve been in a new year for a while now which means it’s about time for a new Motorpsycho album. Just like the band members’ beards, the songs are only getting longer with age, The Crucible needing only three of them to deliver their trademark crazy progressive post-rock that we've come to love over the past 30 years. 
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Fire! Orchestra
Ritual

Fire! Orchestra are of course the mutated super-version of the mighty Fire! trio, adding up to 21 members on this record. The title Ritual is about right, with this many (mostly Swedish) major musicians grouped together to summon up energetic, elemental power. Heavy and ecstatic, there aren’t many other groups comparable to this one.
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Maja S. K. Ratkje
Sult

For Sult, Norway's finest Maja S. K. Ratke cast aside her usual collection of materials and techniques, and picked up a unique, specially-modified pump organ, which she figured out how to play while she played it as accompaniment to a ballet adaptation of Knut Hamsun’s Hunger. Fabulous sound exploration with a very fresh edge. On Rune Grammofon.

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Smells Funny

Hedvig Mollestad is a total electric guitar shredder, and the other two members of her Trio are also rad virtuosos. Smells Funny, the group’s sixth album, mixes jazz and hard rock styles in varying measures, with high energy and frankly gnarly results. Very high-grade instrumental interplay, no bullshit. On Rune Grammofon.

The Last Hurrah!!
Mudflowers

The Last Hurrah!! brings songwriter HP Gundersen together with vocal muse Maesa Pullman, and the group is back with their third album, Mudflowers. The record digs deep into Americana traditions, transcribed via Sweden. This is a record of real old fashioned songcraft here, very nice. Released by Rune Grammofon.

The Last Hurrah!!
Los Angeles

Rune Grammofon present the ultimate results of The Last Hurrah!!’s Vossajazz Festival commission: an album of jazz-and-beyond music from Norway. Main man HP Gundersen marshalls the talents of multi instrumentalist and singer Maesa Pullman and engineer and co-producer Jason Hiller. Los Angeles features their excellent musicianship, greatly executed.

Arve Henriksen
The Height Of The Reeds

In a work specially commissioned for Hull City of Culture 2017, Arve Henriksen relates to the love-affair-on-the-waves between Scandinavia and the hitherto unheralded Yorkshire port-town on The Height Of The Reeds. Composed alongside Elvind Aarset and Jan Bang, the music accompanied a sound walk last year, to be listened to crossing the Humber; all 15,000 tickets sold out. Jez Riley French's field recordings taken from the site provide added local detail and context and the voices and orchestra of Opera North with Norwegian poetry from Nils Christian Moe-Repstad feature. Available on CD, or LP plus CD from Rune Grammophon.

Arve Henriksen
Composograph

Earlier this year a mere digital download courtesy of Henriksen himself, the tireless Norwegian’s Composograph finds itself bumped into the Rune Grammofon roster proper alongside new album The Height of the Reeds. Comprising material from the same string quartet sessions that yielded The Nature of Connections in 2014, these are similar arrangements, but a touch gloomier, chillier and creepier.

Motorpsycho
Roadwork Vol. 3

Roadwork Vol.3 by Norwegian psychedelic prog rockers, Motorpsycho captures the band stretching themselves to magnificent lengths, adding improvisation to create fantastic versions of classics such as Hogwash and STG. The material was recorded at Amsterdam’s Paradiso Club in 2002 and was previously only available as part of the Haircuts DVD. This has been remastered for vinyl by Helge Sten. LP and CD on Rune Grammafon.
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Fire
She Sleeps, She Sleeps

Hell of a collab, this one: experimentalist Mats Gustafsson has played sax 'n' reeds as part of The Thing and with Phil Minton, and here joins post-rock minimalist Johan Berthling (fresh from a record with Oren Ambarchi) and Andreas Werlin of the percussive dance crew Wildbirds & Peacedrums. As Fire!, a group that once extended to an orchestra of thirty, they're going to improvise, a lot, and see what comes out. I imagine 'She Sleeps, She Sleeps' will garner psychedelic fruits.

Fra Lippo Lippi
Golden Slumbers: The Very Best Of

The Norwegian synthpop band went from post-punk / goth origins to a more sophisticated style that saw them produced by Walter Becker and scoring worldwide hits with the likes of Shouldn’t Have To Be Like That. Former member Rune Kristoffersen founded the revered label Rune Grammofon, on which this, their first compilation to appear on vinyl, is released.

Arve Henriksen
Chiaroscuro

In 2004, Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen brought Audun Kleive and Jan Bang to a variety of locations to live-compose the ten tracks of Chiaroscuro, whose sound is as much dominated by subtle sampling and electronics as percussion and trumpet. Chiaroscuro is a really remarkable listen that is frankly gorgeous. Released on vinyl for the first time by Rune Grammofon.

Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard
Perfectly Unhappy

Another release from Norway's wonderful Rune Grammofon label. Perfectly Unhappy features eight compositions written by pianist Espen Eriksen specifically for this collaboration between his trio and saxophonist Andy Sheppard. Melodic but stark, this collective have nothing to hide behind.

Fra Lippo Lippi
Stitches and Burns

The story of this release probably says a lot about the current economics of popular music. This track from the Norwegian synthpop outfit’s 1992 album Dreams underwent an online revival, enjoying twenty million YouTube views, hence justifying a pressing of 500 seven inches. Good news for 0.0025% of the song’s YouTube listeners! Also for you if you’re a fan of smooth, sophisticated pop.

Motorpsycho
The Tower

This is the first Motorpsycho album since the departure of drummer Kenneth Kapstad but as usual the long running group have used this departure to their advantage and here explore further new areas ranging from brutal stoner rock to shorter and more reflective material. Once again Motorpsycho survive a line up change to produce fresh and challenging material.  
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Elephant9
Greatest Show On Earth

'Greatest' as in 'worst' but only if you don't like prog/jazz explorations with lashings of Keith Emerson style organ playing.  Elephant 9 certainly have 'chops'. They have been voted one of the best live acts in Norway and transcend jazz and rock with their wild improvisational playing. RIYL people playing instruments crazily to a very high standard.   

Kjetil Mulelid Trio
Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House

Kjetil Mulelid Trio are young, new, Scandinavian, and a piano trio. Their album Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House has an airy, white-room clarity to it, but still fizzes with melodic flair and the excitement of busy collective improvisation. CD and LP editions on the ever-excellent Rune Grammofon label.

Fire!
The Hands

Fire! is of course the fabulous power trio of Andreas Werlin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums), Johan Berthling (Tape) and Phil’s least favourite saxophonist Mats Gustafsson (of over a million different avant-jazz projects and combinations). The Hands is their sixth record of dark, simmering, propulsive, muscular music, and if you liked their previous noise-jaz-rock-kraut explorations, you’ll love this too. On Rune Grammofon.

Arve Henriksen
Towards Language

Towards Language is the new album from Arve Henriksen (of Supersilent), working once again with Jan Bang and Erik Honore as on his classic 2004 record Chiaroscuro. Arve’s trumpet and voice, often live-sampled by Bang, sits at the centre of a luscious soundscape of instruments and textures, each track subtle and slow-growing like a natural process. CD and LP release on Rune Grammofon.

Sky Music
A Tribute To Terje Rypdal Vol. 2

If you enjoyed the recent Tribute To Terje Rypdal, by supergroup Sky Music (featuring Henry Kaiser and members of The Thing, Bushman’s Revenge and Supersilent), you really ought to dial this into your life. Volume 2 contains two lengthy pieces that were squeezed off the first volume for reasons of space: hear them fully expand here. On Rune Grammofon
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Arve Henriksen
The Nature Of Connections

On 'The Nature Of Connections', Arve Henriksen collaborated with a variety of improv, folk and jazz musicians who composed pieces for him. The record features a variety of touring Norwegian artists brought together by Henriksen, including violinists Nils Okland and Gjermund Larsen, cellist Svante Henryson and double bassist Mats Eilertsen, known formally as The Nature of Connections. The result is a record of minimalist folk and chamber music. Much of 'The Nature of Connections' is made for Henriksen, not by him, including "Hymn", which was written by Ståle Storløkken of experimental act Supersilent. 

Sky Music
A Tribute To Terje Rypdal

Terje Rypdal is a hero of Norwegian music, playing sweet and experimental guitar in a variety of contexts for more than fifty years. This tribute was organised by Henry Kaiser, with the core Sky Music group (made up of members of The Thing, Supersilent, Elephant9, Bushman’s Revenge and more!) also supported by contributions from Jim O’Rourke and Nels Cline. Bloody hell, what a lineup. A Tribute To Terje Rypdal is a fantastic way to give Terje his due. On Rune Grammofon.
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Arne Nordheim
Electric

The music of Norwegian electronic composer Arne Nordheim is a remarkable trip through a flurry of textures, tones and musique concréte sound objects that sounds far too pristinely realised to have been composed between 1968 and 1970, but hey, thems the facts. Electric is an electronic masterwork, pleasingly reissued in a double LP edition by Rune Grammofon.
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Jenny Hval
Viscera

Jenny Hval's debut record under her own name (after a run of releases as the confrontational and action-packed rockettothesky) investigates the nuances of gender and sexuality through a mystical kind of folklore. Her unique, far-reaching voice combines with spectral guitar picking for a record like none other in her career -- those who are coming to this from Innocence Is Kinky will be taken aback.

Irabagon, Hegre & Drønen
Axis

A tasty trio here, formed by Mostly Other People Do The Killing saxophonist Jon Irabagon alongside a pair of noisy Norwegians, Nils Are Drønen and John Hegre (the latter a founding member of Jazzkammer with Lasse Marhaug). Wow! Axis finds these guys sparking off each other for some deep-down instant composition. Released by Rune Grammofon.

Motorpsycho
Angels and Daemons at Play

A massive stack of Motorpsycho for you to dig into! Angels and Daemons at Play has been released as a double LP and a series of three EPs, plus a reissue of the late 90’s project that includes all the original material, plus three discs of rarities, B-sides and live recordings. Christ, that’s six CD’s-worth of wild Norwegianness! 
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  • Rune Grammofon

Bushman's Revenge
Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen

Bushman’s Revenge are a jazz band who have often looked like a rock band, but Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen has them moving back towards the roots of the music they love: there are versions of pieces by Albert Ayler and McCoy Tyner here. Although some fairly gnarly electric blues guitar solos find their way in as well. Out on Rune Grammofon.

Scorch Trio
XXX

Scorch Trio is a fierce improvising guitar / bass /drums group with two-thirds of talent behind The Thing on board (Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten), plus searing guitarist Raoul Björkenheim. This XXX box-set contains three studio albums (all currently unavailable on vinyl), plus Oval, which has never previously been released at all. 4LP set on Rune Grammofon.

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Black Stabat Mater

Hedvig Mollestad is properly trained in jazz music, but when working with her Trio, she pushes into darkly funky territory that is more influenced by heavy psychedelic rock. It’s a place that her gnarly guitar chops sit very comfortably, and on new studio album Black Stabat Mater, her sound is outright flaring. On Rune Grammofon.

Espen Eriksen Trio
Never Ending January

Espen Eriksen Trio are a modern jazz group who are neither fire-spitting free jazz or dull nothing-new dinner party fare. Instead, this piano trio approach rich melodic themes with a tightly-poised minimalism. Never Ending January is their third record, released on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon.

Motorpsycho
Supersonic Scientists / A Young Person's Guide To Motorpsycho

Supersonic Scientists / A Young Person’s Guide To Motorpsycho is, as the second half of that title suggests, a compilation of essential works by the band. Over the years they have worked their way into a precisely balanced groove of psychedelic rock that is only sometimes as heavy as the name Motorpsycho might suggest. 2LP or 2CD on Rune Grammofon.
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Anneli Drecker
Rocks & Straws

Anneli Drecker (Bel Canto, Røyksopp) began her prolific music career in the 80s, age 17, when she left her Norwegian hometown of Tromsø with Bel Canto band members Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere) and Nils Johansen. Following a host of high profile collaborations and huge successes in the indie, electro pop scene, Drecker returns to her roots with ‘Rocks And Stones’, an album inspired by her arctic hometown based on lyrics by the North Norwegian cult poet Arvid Hanssen.

Jono El Grande
Melody Of A Muddled Mason

Jono El Grande is an unusual artist, creating pieces that straddle modern composition, smooth prog rock, shiny pop and a few other styles without ever settling into any of them. Impressively, this kind of works, El Grande’s extremely complex arrangements all falling tightly into place. Melody Of A Muddled Mason is released by Rune Grammofon.

Phaedra
Blackwinged Night

Phaedra is the solo project of one Ingvlid Langgård, a fine art graduate who brings a rich compositional talent as well as a strong visual art practice. On Blackwinged Night, the second album of a proposed trilogy, classical instruments and synthesised rhythms support dramatic, performative vocals. On the Rune Grammofon label.

Detail
First Detail

The first detail you must realize is this: all the musicians on this record are Norwegian free jazz musicians, and this is a free jazz album. It features organs and saxophones and wild music in general. These guys don’t just have a good eye for detail. They are Detail, and this is First Detail.
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Albatrosh
Night Owl

We could just say Rune Grammofon and let your imagination run wild from there, but that'd be misleading: Albatrosh actually make jazz, and while 'Night Owl' is their second record on the experimental Norwegian label, it's their fifth on a long, steady career built on tenacious compositional structures and a melodic approach to playing.

Supersilent
6

The usual story: an improv crew hanging out at their favourite recording studio seeing what can come out of their affection for jazz and electronica and free form. This time Supersilent sound like they're aiming for the prospective genius of first wave post-rock bands, again displaying their intuitive collaborative spirit. 6 rocks and is confounding; the Supersilent classic.

Sten Sandell & Paal Nilssen-Love
Jacana

The best improvisors are the ones that seem to invent and uninvent their instruments right in front of your eyes and ears. Swedish pianist Sten Sandell and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are two musical champions with a long experience of doing exactly that. Jacana, the latest in Rune Grammofon’s occasional series of unusual duo combinations, features the pair’s sparky improvised set captured at the 2013 Kongsberg Jazz Festival in southern Norway. Sten and Paal have been working together since forming a trio with Swedish bassist Johan Berthling (Fire!, Tape, etc) in 1999, but this duet marks the start of a new chapter in their relationship. Jacana’s three tracks find the players flying close to the limits of their comfort zones, sometimes resembling the strange formality of Asian court music. It’s savage and ritualistic, spiky yet flowing, arhythmic but surging with understated pulses.
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Jono El Grande
The Choko King


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Various
Twenty Centuries Of Stony Sleep


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Puma
Half Nelson Courtship


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Humcrush
Rest At Worlds End


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