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Elephant9 with Reine Fiske
Silver Mountain

There are officially too many elephant-associated music things. There’s Elephant Six, from whom I was anticipating this record, and there’s Elephant9, who it actually turns out to be. The difference cast isn’t really that significant -- like, both are very annoying -- but to expect weird psych folk that begun a whole indie rock...view item »

She Sleeps, She Sleeps

Once, they were an orchestra; now, all is fire. Here, at the core of one of modern music’s most notorious free jazz communities, we have tenacious tenorist Mats Gustafsson, alongside bass athlete Johan Berthling (also of post-rock nappers Tape) and drummer Andreas Werliin, be...view item »

Fire! Orchestra

The Fire! Orchestra is what happens when you try to arrange an end-of-year office party but you’re an avant-garde/free-jazz hybrid label, so everything goes to shit. Having briefly composed themselves for the senior staff meeting with ‘She Sleeps, She Sleeps’ -- a collaboration/discussion of who to fire (lmao) bet...view item »

Arve Henriksen
Places Of Worship

Rune Grammofon’s versatile trumpet dude Arve Henriksen is getting all spiritual on your ass this week with the release of ‘Places of Worship’, a graceful convolution of spiritual music and his mysterious smoky Scandi-jazz, backed tastefully by cleverly us...view item »

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 ...view item »

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. Me...view item »

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 pro...view item »

Greatest Show On Earth

Just one more Elephant9 record. All you have to do is drive. I promise. If you’re into it, the cosmic persecutors have just put up ‘Greatest Show on Earth’, a sleuthing record detailing their prog-jazz in extra detailed slow. So slow and so serene is opener “Way of Return” that I feel as if I’m a detective try...view item »

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
All Of Them Witches

Norwegian lady Hedvig Mollestad and her trio’s debut album ‘Shoot’ was a favourite of mine from last year, as was the El Doom & The Born Electric album she contributed to, but she seems to divide opinions here in the offi...view item »

The Hands

What is this rumpus? I would have to say that rumpus is Fire, with an exclamation mark, whose newest record takes a mini left turn in embracing rock music as you knew it. Or, perhaps I should say, as you once knew it; as my dad likes to know it, in definitions that focus it around Hendrix and ...view item »

Arve Henriksen
Towards Language

Wafting in from some distant planet on solar winds comes the latest cosmic jazz odyssey under the name of Arve Henriksen. ‘Towards Language’ has players credited as Elvind Aarset and the wonderfully named Jan Bang. Fill in your own jokes here, please. Lead man Arve is a trumpet guy, but for the first two tracks he sounds for ...view item »

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 s...view item »

Arve Henriksen
The Nature Of Connections

The diverse and multi-talented scandi-jazzer Arve Henriksen is back with a new album on Rune Grammofon this week, although this time around he’s left the bulk of the songwriting to his friends, being joined by the string quartet of Nils Okland, Svante Henryson, Gjerm...view item »

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 b...view item »


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 perfo...view item »

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, ...view item »

Arne Nordheim

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 reiss...view item »

Irabagon, Hegre & Drønen

An LP of two twenty minute tunes involving saxophonist Jon Irabagon, improviser Nils Are Dronen and collaborator John Hegre? On Rune Grammafon? It’s just an inkling, but I have it nonetheless: this is gonna be a skronky record. A trio that arguably speak to the label’s wonderful marriage of free jazz and rock music (the press...view item »

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, but this reissue of the late 90’s project includes all the original material, plus three discs of rarities, B-sides and live recordings. Christ, that’s six CD’s-wor...view item »

Bushman's Revenge
Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen

We must jazz. That is largely the jist of what the collective membership of Bushman’s Revenge came out of their band meeting with before ‘Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen’, which sees their charged guitars try their best to shift away from their rock love a bit and back into the shape of their beloved genre. This record opens with...view item »

Scorch Trio

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 studi...view item »

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Black Stabat Mater

Most artists on the Rune Grammafon imprint artists know both how to play and then destroy jazz, and Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen is no different. A member of the sometimes minimal, often freeform group Trondheim Jazz Orchestra but primarily involved in the rather psychedelic trio of her own name, her ...view item »

En Konsert For Folk Flest

Motorpsycho performed this overwhelmingly versatile piece of music in collaboration with Ståle, the bands joining together to create an epic sonic pantomime that unfolds the meanings and semantics of the word “folk”; it connotes differently in Norwegian, but part of the mission for ‘En Konsert For Folk Flest’ was to...view item »

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....view item »

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 sug...view item »

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 he...view item »

The Last Hurrah!!

If I had a car I would fill it up with twang instead of petrol and everyone would have a real nice time whenever I was trundling down the motorway. The Last Hurrah!! are with me, on this one, fueling their symphonic, full-to-the-brim Americana with a high dosage of guitar rings. That’s the kind of record this is: overwhelmingly pastoral, y...view item »

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 Mudd...view item »

Blackwinged Night

Ingvild Langgård heard you liked trilogies and song cycles so she made the second song cycle in a trilogy. A folk record tinkling with sounds both natural and synthetic, it’s probably best described as an ecosystem, snugly coalescing many different elements into a larger whole. If that sounds corny, I don’t care: str...view item »

First Detail

I think we've always had a problem with jazz at work even now neither "Classics" Brett or Scandophile Mike no longer continue to perish within our decaying walls of chaos and strife. The two directors and Clint hate most of it, but the rest or most tolerant to various degrees. Problem is me being a slightly feckless man-child i...view item »

Night Owl

Norwegian jazz not always being my forte I'll describe this in my usual faintly infantile and enthused/bemused fashion Considering I'm in my bed at 2am under a duvet whilst perusing the opening bars of the incorrectly monikered 'Duvet Day, this Scando-jazbo duo are already fondling my irritation glands. Starting the game of with a playfu...view item »

Sten Sandell & Paal Nilssen-Love

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 combi...view item »

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Enfant Terrible

There's a post-it on this record that simply has my name on it, since I'm the office's known Rune Grammofon expert. This is of course album number three from those crunchy minimal jazz-proggers Hedvig Mollestad Trio. Those of you who are familiar with the previous two will know that this lot's stock in trade is twisty-turny instrumentals full ...view item »

Bushman's Revenge
Thou Shalt Boogie!

The Norwegian jazz/prog scene is a highly divisive topic at Norman Towers. On one side of the office there's me, Kim, Mike and Ian who will happily listen to Motorpsycho and El Doom all day long, and in the other camp there's Clint, Phil, Brian and Li'l Biz, all of whom would r...view item »

Still Life With Eggplant

Norway’s prolific psych-rock-jazz-pop-country-prog titans Motorpsycho have been on the form of their career lately, with new(ish) drummer Kenneth Kapstad well and truly settled into the unit as they blazed through their last two epic concept albums, stretching the limits of their galloping psych grooves ...view item »

El Doom & The Born Electric
El Doom & The Born Electric

For some reason Phil doesn't often get us to review records on Rune Grammofon if Jim O'Rourke's not on them, which seems like a missed opportunity to me because their output, while not always being a comfortable listen, has really established a scene of accomplished and experimental music...view item »

Volcano The Bear
Golden Rhythm / Ink Music

My unique selling point here at Norman Towers is my ability and willingness to review records nonstop for indefinite periods of time, and yet sometimes a band is so uncategorisable that it's pretty much impossible to encapsulate their essence in a couple of paragraphs of pearly prose....view item »

Jono El Grande
The Choko King

Step into the madcap world of Jono El Grande (real name John Sausage Leg), who is a madcap multi-instrumentalist from that cold, unforgiving place that is known as Sunderland (all right, he's from Norway). A self-taught musician, artist, composer, prankster and all round bastard, he's bee...view item »

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