|Kommode — Analog Dance Music (August 18, 2017)|
Kommode — Analog Dance Music (August 18, 2017) • Kommode is a project by Eirik Glambek Bøe (Kings of Convenience) and Øystein Gjærder Bruvik. ‘Fight or Flight or Dance All Night’ is the first dazzling single taken from the debut album ‘Analog Dance Music’ on Brilliance Records.
• Analog dance music is music that arises when you can’t help but notice that you live in amazing times and that the opportunities laid out before you are greater than those enjoyed by any previous generation.
• Unlike pop music, where every song is three minutes long and has a bridge and a chorus, ADM lets the band play on if the groove is good and the harmonies are intriguing.
• ADM is about played instruments, so that every time a pattern is repeated, everything is slightly different. An electronic signal is a mathematical representation of a sound, allowing the exact same note to be repeated several times during a song. An analog signal is, well, analog to what it signalises, and whether it’s a drum beat or guitar riff, every element of a song is a performance. ADM is about musicians and a lot of studio hours to get a good take!
Location: Bergen, Norway
Album release: Jun 1, August 18, 2017
Record Label: Brilliance Records
01 Shoes 3:46
02 Captain of Your Sinking Ship 3:38
03 Lady~Logic 5:02
04 Fight or Flight or Dance All Night 4:26
05 The Ink in the Great Book of Music 3:20
06 Not the Bigger Picture 3:11
07 Agent 2:52
08 Houses for Birds 2:53
09 I Feel Free 4:42
10 Come On, Sense! 3:05
℗ 2017 Random Two Syllable Word Records under exclusive license to Brilliance Records
★ Eirik Glambek Bøe (vocals and base)
★ Øystein Gjærder Bruvik (bacing vocals and eclectic guitar)
★ Anders Waage Nilsen (drums and percussion)
★ Paul Holden (keyboards)
• Produced by [Fill In] Productions
• Directed by Sigurd Fossen and William Glandberger
• Edited by Sigurd FossenNO:
•• En Kommode rommer. Lyden av bandet Kommodes første album Analog Dance Music rommer rytme, 18 bergensere på en rekke instrumenter, den rommer samba, jazz og en kontinental vind som blåser gjennom ti sanger.
•• Eirik Glambek Bøe sysler vanligvis med minimalisme i sitt andre band, Kings of Convenience. Ryggraden i Kommode handler om det motsatte. Om et lydbilde som fylles. Av lyder og rytmer som kunne kommet fra et diskotek, en lys sommerkveld med lette klær, kanskje i Frankrike et sted.
— Problemet er at jeg lager låter som går litt for treigt for å danse til, forteller Glambek Bøe, mannen som i dag utgjør Kommode sammen med barndomskameraten Øystein Gjærder Bruvik. For Glambek Bøe har vokst opp med lyden av diskorytmer i ørene. Som Whams «A Ray of Sunshine» fra 1983~platen Fantastic, men også house og techno.
•• Det finnes et bilde av Kommode som beskriver Glambek Bøes tankegang rundt bandet godt. På bildet er det tre personer. De har stilt seg opp på en støvete grusbane på Nordnes i Bergen. De er svette og har skutt, løpt, truffet stangen og kanskje satt inn et hodestøt. Kveldssol presser seg inn mellom hustak utenfor gjerdet. Det er lek. Og utgangstanken til Glambek Bøe var at han savnet leken i musikken, han savnet å spille musikk uten en profesjonell kontekst rundt. Uten et apparat, uten intervjuer, stort sett uten konserter. Musikk for musikkens skyld. Ut av den tanken kom Kommode.
•• Kanskje omslagskunsten som rammer inn Kommode~tonene, av den norske kunstneren Inger Johanne Nygren, sier noe om låtene. Bildet er mettet med elementer, med redskaper man kan utføre håndverk med. Analog Dance Music er også et håndverk, som har blitt meislet ut gjennom en innspillingsperiode på fem år. Nå kan du (nesten) danse til det. •• http://www.tigernet.no/
By Slavko Bucifal / 10 AUGUST 2017, 15:46 BST / Score: 8.5
• Every once in a while comes an album like this that swims upstream amidst a current of musical ideas, and the title of this one is only partly the reason.
• Commonly when one thinks of dance music sequencers, arpeggiators, patterned bass lines and looping software are all major forces that help shape our conception. Analog Dance Music — a solo project from Eirik Glambek Bøe of Kings of Convenience — relies on pure musicianship to achieve something that sounds polished, well produced and gorgeously, subtly imperfect.
• While the danceability factor languishes more on the chill side of things and the album is best suited to be played on a warm sandy beach with an endless sunset, the ebb and flow of ADM is a perfect blend of warm intoxicating patterns, catchy hooks and soft hypnotizing vocals. But just when the effects of the big analog warm hug spreads like a good wine, a lone trumpet — or, in the case of “I Feel Free”, an entire horn section — totally melts any inhibitions off your face. So there’s this real~humans~playing~instruments~and~making~dance~music thing which is of coursde not the first of its kind, but refreshing nonetheless, and brilliantly executed.
• The other interesting piece that makes this record glow is that ADM makes no apologies about celebrating life and does so without a sense of overindulgence. ADM blissfully embraces all that is good in the world and encourages us to walk away from things that drag you down. When Bøe smoothly whispers “I don’t want to be the captain of a sinking ship”, he absolves us of guilt and negativity and affirms that it is ok to leave crap behind and be excited about the opportunities that life provides. The optimism is simply intoxicating and it comes at the right time when the headlines are constantly advertising the darkest parts of humanity. ADM is the feel~good record of the summer, and perhaps will retain that position for many summers to come.
★λ★ Who needs genres? Philosophically speaking, no one does, yet they are a fact. Just like you can’t help but notice the green in the myriad of colours with that name, certain musical expressions share certain things. Jazz, the will to challenge rules, rock, the will to tear things apart, black metal, the inviting of the darker parts of the human soul into the world of sound. Genres are there because nothing lives in isolation.
★λ★ Analog dance music is music that arises when you can’t help but notice that you live in amazing times and that the opportunities laid out before you are greater than those enjoyed by any previous generation. This calls for a certain celebratory quality which could easily be mistaken for complacency. Oh yes, the good in the world is seriously under pressure, but when there are too many things in your own life that lift your spirit, the sounds that come out when you start singing and playing will have a certain smoothness.
★λ★ How can you sing and dance when the ice sheets are melting and hatred is on the rise? Well, let’s turn it around. How can you not? We all work better when we treat ourselves well. Whatever you are fighting for, allow yourself some well~being and you might excel. Like the champagne Winston Churchill was sipping when he was struggling with the military machinery of nazi Germany, songs that are born from feeling the good in life can sometimes be helpful.
★λ★ Unlike pop music, where every song is three minutes long and has a bridge and a chorus, ADM lets the band play on if the groove is good and the harmonies are intriguing.
★λ★ ADM is about played instruments, so that every time a pattern is repeated, everything is slightly different. An electronic signal is a mathematical representation of a sound, allowing the exact same note to be repeated several times during a song. An analog signal is, well, analog to what it signalises, and whether it’s a drum beat or guitar riff, every element of a song is a performance. ADM is about musicians and a lot of studio hours to get a good take.
★λ★ Where funk and disco take a certain beat and bass groove, and write music around it, ADM allows any rhythm that’s appealing and danceable, whether it’s house, samba, rock or whatever. There are no rules. The limitations are whatever a band is capable of playing with the instruments at hand.
★λ★ Hand made, home made, handcrafted, tactile qualities. Surrounding yourself with objects that smell good and feel good in your hands just feels better somehow. It takes a lot of time and effort to build stuff yourself, practise an instrument and record songs yourself.
|Kommode — Analog Dance Music (August 18, 2017)|