Exposé Online banner

Weserbergland — Sehr Kosmische - Ganz Progisch
(Apollon Records ARP004, 2017, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2017-05-26

Sehr Kosmische - Ganz Progisch Cover art

When you think of White Willow, you think of symphonic progressive rock, so the prospect of a project led by that band’s flute player might be expected to ply the same waters. But it is Ketil Vestrum Einarsen’s tenure with Jaga Jazzist that is more relevant to Weserbergland. For this band, Einarsen is primarily inspired by vintage krautrock, with Tangerine Dream, Can, Cluster, and Harmonia mentioned by name. He is joined by several other luminaries of the Norwegian progressive rock scene, with Mattias Olsson’s drumming providing a distinctive feature, not resembling his playing with Änglagård, but not quite in the classic motorik style either. He plays patterns with relentless precision to underpin the music, but these are not stripped-down standard rock beats. There are inventive twists using the toms to produce a driving effect without sacrificing subtlety or creativity. White Willow compatriots Gaute Storsve and Jacob Holm-Lupo are also on board for bass and guitar, and there are numerous guests; Einarsen himself contributes woodwinds, keyboards, guitar, and programming. In spite of the length of the credits, the music never sounds over-arranged. I’m sometimes reminded of some of Gösta Berlings Saga’s tunes, the ones where they build up a piece slowly built on a steady groove. There's also some similarity to late-70s Tangerine Dream such as Cyclone or Force Majeure, where they added live drums. The album’s four tracks only total 47 minutes, which is long enough to enjoy thoroughly but not so long as to overstay its welcome — on the contrary, I’m left wanting more. Which is not a bad thing!


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Weserbergland

Latest news

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Quasar Lux Symphoniæ - Abraham - One Act Rock Opera – Quasar Lux Symphoniæ is a new Italian outfit that has made its entrance into the prog world with quite a bang. Abraham is a one act rock opera spanning two CDs, that is almost Wagnerian in its...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues