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From the vibrant Oslo prog scene, the mesmerizing duo, Jordsjø, will be releasing their seventh album “Salighet” on Oct. 6th.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Olivier Messiaen, Popol Vuh, and Anthony Braxton, the band skillfully weaves a tapestry of Scandinavian folklore, jazz, and early British prog into a genre-defining work. While staying true to their roots in Nordic jazz, folk, and 1900s classical music, they integrate elements of 60s and 70s rock to produce an album that feels both nostalgic and avant-garde.
The musical prowess of Jordsjø is borne by its two talented members: multi-instrumentalist Håkon Oftung, known for his work with Tusmørke and Black Magic, and percussionist Kristian Frøland. Their shared vision and complementary skills shine throughout this album, crafting a soundscape where each instrument finds its voice in a symphonic array of brilliance. It’s really hard to believe so much music is coming from just two musicians!
The Jordsjø duo's shared vision and complementary skills shine throughout this album, crafting a soundscape where each instrument finds its voice in a symphonic array of brilliance.
For enthusiasts of the prog rock genre, "Salighet" isn't just an album; it's an experience. It beckons with the promise of symphonic tales from the flourishing Oslo prog scene, especially for fans of acts like Änglagård, Tusmørke, and Wobbler. "Salighet" stands as a testament to Jordsjø's unmatched ability to create timeless and evocative music.
Tune in to Prog Radio where you can currently hear the two singles (Sankeren and Ura), with more tracks entering our New Music rotation on the 6th when the album drops.
As a fellow big-fan of The Chronicles of Father Robin, Scot Lade (The Prog Corner) turned us on to Jordsjø. For a more in-depth, song-by-song review of Salghet, check out Scot’s video review by clicking The Prog Corner link below. But suffice it to say, we concur with Scot, “it’s super cool!"