Exposé Online banner

Orsak:Oslo — Orsak:Oslo
(Kapitän Platte Kutter 047, 2019, CD / LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2020-03-07

Orsak:Oslo Cover art

Orsak:Oslo was formed by guitarist Christian Andersson, a Swede living in Oslo. He got together with some local guys (drummer Øyvind Minsaas, bassist Peter Nilsson, and second guitarist Bjarne Karlsson) to play instrumental rock music. At times there is a similarity with the style that has come to be called post-rock, especially in the way that many of the pieces start out very quietly and build up gradually to anthemic climaxes over the course of seven to ten minutes. There are occasional psychedelic touches like backwards guitar, but on the whole, the music is just well-made instrumental rock. You could toss out words like “cinematic,” “epic,” and “dramatic” without being said to exaggerate. The music is all about textures, not complexity, with backing parts that repeat somewhat minimalist rhythms hypnotically while the guitars ebb and flow with chords, patterns, and effects. This kind of sound can be very effective, and Orsak:Oslo does it well. This is a strong entry into the worldwide club of post-rock practitioners, well worth a listen for fans of the style.

Filed under: New releases, 2019 releases

Related artist(s): Orsak:Oslo

More info

Latest news

Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Smell of Incense - All Mimsy Were the Borogoves – If you want to wax nostalgic and hearken back to an era where a faction of psychedelic music was metamorphosing into progressive rock, you might want to check out Smell of Incense. This is not a...  (1996) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues