Goodness me, this is an instrumental album which completely and utterly draws you into a labyrinth of wondrous sounds and leaves your mind spinning and your listening pleasure totally satiated, The route through this CD can be compared to a tumbling, twisting pathway taking you through many different combinations of musical backgrounds ranging from the edgy complex in nature harmonic patterns through to other more gentler and relaxing melodic sequences. The complete variety of the amalgam is breathtaking with the various sounds, throughout the entire CD, bombarding you from all angles and as you come out at the other end you know you have been on a real journey of epic audio proportions. There are just so many things going on, all at the same time, that it is impossible to comprehend the complete scale of this impressive project, even when you have re-trod your footsteps through this musical maze several times you are still left totally amazed at the wonder of it all.. Besides guitars and keyboards the instrumental range utilized within the framework of the music seems quite vast with gorgeous passages on flute and clarinet adding variety and interest but seriously underpinning the whole affair is the precise military style drumming acting as a consistent solid foundation for the music.
Seemingly much of the music has been built up as a combination of different recorded multi-layers and there are integrated within the mix an extensive array of influences ranging from progressive rock, electronc simulated sounds, modern jazz and classical music genres and which are all scattered around and incorporated either as main themes or infused simply to add interest as separate individual flourishes. For me I see a great deal of similarity with the German Kraut Rock Band “Djam Karet” but below my review here, suitably referenced as such, I have added an interesting and quite technical evaluation which I found on “Weserbergland’s” website.
Summary: A wonderful album full of imagination, interest and satisfying music.
Cover Art: Unlike the album the CD insert is drab, uninteresting and lacking information.
Ketil Vestrum Einarsen - flutes, clarinet, keyboards, guitars.
Gaute Storsve - guitars, basses.
Jacob Holm-Lupo - guitars and basses
Mattias Olsson - Drums, and percussion.
An additional informative insight with all such credits going to the writer of the following interesting passage lifted from the bands website :-
Sear Kosmisch Ganz Progisch” by Weserbergland is an homage to the seventies krautrock scene seen through the eyes of Ketil Vestrum Einarsen. Ketil is a veteran flutist of the Norwegian Progrock scene, having been a part of White Willow for almost 20 years. He has also been a member of Jaga Jazzist and played on more than fifty albums, with bands like Motorpsycho and Geir Lysnes Listening Ensemble. As a composer, he has written music for 10 documentaries and one TV series (all of this together with Lars Fredrik Frøislie( Wobbler, White Willow etc) “Sehr Kosmisch Ganz Progisch” is Ketil debut as a band leader. He has been a kraut rock enthusiast since he discovered the music through the record collection of his friend´s hippie father in the early 90s, so to take this musical turn was a very natural thing him. And it´s quite easy to hear the inspiration of bands like Tangerine Dream, Can, Cluster, Harmonia et cetera. But it´s not a retro sounding album, the sound is also influenced by Ketils former band, Jaga Jazzist and similar bands. The result is a very unique and demanding album. The simplicity of krautrock is juxtaposed or mixed with a complete sensory overload of multitracking, heavy use of effects and compositional techniques from contemporary or classical music.
Ketil plays the flute, clarinet, guitar, keyboards and provides programming. Mattias Olsson of Änglagård fame provides a remimagined approach to the motoric beat thoughout the album, and Gaute Storsve and Jacob Holm-Lupo (white willow) shares duties on bass and guitar. The album also features guest musicians from Jaga Jazzist, Wobbler, Henry Fool et cetera. The album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo.