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OPSVIK & JENNINGS - Commuter Anthems

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Rune Grammofon RCD2062
Release Year: 2007
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" 'Commuter Anthems' ist das zweite Album von EIVIND OPSVIK und AARON JENNINGS; aber ihr erstes fr Rune Grammofon. EIVIND OPSVIK stammt ursprnglich aus Oslo, lebt aber seit 1998 in New York. Er fing an, Schlagzeug zu spielen, als er noch sehr klein war, legte sich im Teenagealter auf den Bass fest und experimentierte mit einem Vierspur-Aufnahmegert. AARON JENNINGS aus Tulsa, Oklahoma, ist mit Leib und Seele Gitarrist und Liebhaber von allerlei Computersoftware. Er zog nach Beendigung des Colleges nach New York, um dort in einer Vielzahl Musikprojekte mitzuwirken. Im Laufe seiner Karriere hat sich Aaron immer mehr auf Free Jazz und Electronica gestrzt, dieser Tage jedoch kennt man ihn mehr als einen Musiker, der sich im Reich der experimentellen Popmusik bestens auskennt. Wie mit vielen Rune Grammofon Releases ist es auch schwierig, ein passendes Genre-Etikett auf 'Commuter Anthems' zu kleben. Beide Musiker stammen aus einem Jazz-Background, aber das ist nur ein kleiner Teil des Gesamtkunstwerkes. Einflsse aus Folk und Country machen ,Commuter Anthems" zu einem sehr relaxten Album, whrend Gitarren, Standbass, Concertina, Orgel, Steelgitarre, Banjo und verschiedenen Aufnahmetechniken und Softwarespielereien eine cineastische Geschichte erzhlen, die von einem vertrumten experimentellen Pop-Orchester umgesetzt wird." [label info]



"With "Commuter Anthems" Eivind Opsvik and Aaron Jennings present their second album. Their first one, "Floyel Files" (NCM East) dates from 2005. Mister Opsvik comes from Oslo, living in the States since 1998, and playing bass in too many groups and projects to mention here. To put it simply, he is deeply involved in the New York Downtown scene. Jennings is a guitarplayer who has his roots in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But who is also living nowadays in New York. To give a first hint for what they are up to on their new album, we can say it fits perfectly within the well-defined aesthetics of the Rune Grammophon label. "Commuter Anthems" is an interesting melting pot of a great many influences: easy listening, film music, muzak, jazz, pop, Bill Frisell, postrock, etc. It is evident that Jennings and Opvsik take their inspiration from almost everywhere. But nowhere the music sounds meaninglessly eclectic. No, they succeed from their various inspirations and experiences to create a very original musical universe, that result in a very satisfying musical experience. Opsvik plays double bass, electric bass, drums, percussion, piano, organ, theremin, vocals and software. Jennings: electric and acoustic guitars, lap steel, banjo, concertina, vocals, software and electronics. In some tracks they helped out by Ben Gernstein (trombone), Rich Johnson (trumpet) and Peter Opsvik (flute). So you understand this a real studio-product. But the music is very open and sounds loosely constructed, sometimes even in a collage-like way. The music they create is very accessible on the hand, and may pass by without noticing it like some ambient music, when listening superficially. The reward comes from listening with more concentration. As said above they use a great diversity of sounds and instruments, and they paint very colorful pieces with good feeling for style and a great sense for detail and finesse. Also their music is very well constructed in an inventive and original way, far from any clich. Funny to find this sense for musical adventure within this friendly and comforting music. A great album. [DM / Vital Weekly]


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