After a couple of years of extensive touring and establishing themselves as one of the most noteable acts in the Norwegian underground, KAROKH finally make their debut as recording artists with their self titled album Karokh. The result is an eclectic and extremely dynamic record consisting of eight tracks.
The album is set for release February 1st on Loyal Label, a Brooklyn based record company with a selective release policy. Recorded and mixed by Ulf Holand (Nils Petter Molvær, Motorpsycho), Greener Productions (Your Headlights Are On, Angelica’s Elegy) and Christoffer Brenna (Dråpe, Broen), Karokh features innovative orchestration and a unique sound – from sections of raging and erratic noise to parts of sheer minimalism and folkish melodies.
Karokh is an exploratory journey in sound and form – from the opening bars of the krautrock-ish ”Flowers Every Day” to the final haunting seconds of the spacey ballad and last track ”Into the Wild”, the band successfully evades the stereotypes of a specific genre while maintaining a clear and bold musical identity.
The band was formed in Oslo in 2010, and the members soon discovered their shared admiration for musicians that strive for unconventional solutions. While being a seven piece band is quite unconventional in itself, Karokh’s lineup includes two synth players and a trumpeter in addition to the vocals, bass, guitar and drums. Challenging the notion of what an experimental rock band can be, the band considers all of the instruments equal – the most striking result of this being that the vocals often are given more of an instrumental role than the typical lead singer role.
1. Flowers every day
3. Angry Crows
4. Surf Decadence (Ooh Ooh)
5. My Father Was a Fisherman
6. Once More No Bear
8. Into The Wild
Ina Sagstuen - Vocals
Thomas Husmo Litleskare - Trumpet
Christian Skaar Winther - Electric guitar
Jonas Cambien - Rhodes, keys, effects
Jan K Hovland - Rhodes, keys, effects
Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard - Bass
Jan Martin Gismervik - Drums
All music by Karokh
Recorded by Ulf Holand, Christoffer Brænna and Karl Gøsta Klaseie
Cover Design By Espen Friberg (Yokoland)
Photography By Michelle Arcila