Spidergawd  IV

If you are a rock fan this album will get you excited. Spidergawd is the top rock act in Norway at the moment, alongside Kvelertak who through Erlend Hjelvik are collaborating on the last song of this album, “Stranglehold.” 

Fortunately for fans, Spidergawd are very productive. “IV” is their fourth album in as many years and confirms that the band is in great shape. 

Psychedelic, groovy and full of references to the glory years of rock, this band is definitely one to check out if you haven’t already. 

They are touring Europe this spring and I recommend that you go see their very energetic live act. See tour dates on their website.

Rolling Stone gave the album a 4 out of 5. Check it out on Spotify below (vinyl available on Crispin Glover Records)!

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Best of Trondheim Calling: Pom Poko

I attended Trondheim Calling this weekend and saw some very exciting acts. My favourite was Pom Poko. Energetic and playful, with a charismatic lead singer and catching tunes. They are also nominated for the final of Urørt, a music competition for new artists and bands which is hosted by NRK. You’ll probably get the chance to see this band in Norway during the festival summer. 

You should definitely check out Rohey as well. They are a quartet assembled around the extremely talented lead singer Rohey Taalah and will release their first album this year. 

Rohey played a great gig at Olavshallen during Trondheim Calling and I am looking forward to hearing more music from this funky and soulful ensemble. 

If you are in to visual effects, take a note of Drøm. 

They use video art as a backdrop for their electronica act and I found it to be a great time. You are invited in to a landscape where sound and video makes the time stop.

Other honourable mentions from the gigs I saw: Emma & The Diamond Hearts and Amanda Tenfjord are both young and exciting talents I look forward to hearing more from. 

My top songs in 2016

Spotify keeps track of which songs is played the most on your account during the year. That gave me the chance to look back on the music year and join the “best of” discussion.

Data doesn’t lie, so at least these are my subconscious votes for the top songs of 2016.

My list contains a lot of music from Norway. If you are from somewhere outside this country, maybe you will find a new Nordic favorite in there.

Highasakite, Motorpsycho, Spidergawd, Aurora, Snøskred and Johndoe released great albums last year and have my warmest recommendations.

There’s a good mix of international artists in there as well, including Radiohead, Låpsley, PJ Harvey, Mogwai, Explosions in the sky and many more.

This year, I am looking forward to hearing new releases from San Fermin, LCD Soundsystem and Spidergawd, amongst many others. You should also be on the lookout for the upcoming release from Rohey, a very talented singer who has been touring with Jarle Bernhoft lately.

Anyway, here is my list of 2016. Besides a few party bloopers (The Muppet Show Theme was for a wedding, I swear!), there’s mostly great music in it. Enjoy!

Pstereo Festival 2016

The Pstereo Festival celebrated their 10th anniversary on August 18-20 2016. As usual one stops to relish the beautiful surroundings of the festival area, and also get to see great music acts. Sigur Rós, Highasakite, Veronica Maggio, Deafhaven, Beach Slang, Snøskred, Bendik and Dumdum Boys were among the highlights.

These were moments I chose to memorize from this year’s festival – shot with my compact camera. Click on the images if you want to enlarge them.

Panorama of Pstereo Festival

It’s time for the annual Pstereo Festival in Trondheim, this year with Sigur Rós, Veronica Maggio, Highasakite and Dumdum Boys as headliners. Here’s a post on last years favourites. 

Among the reasons why you should check out this festival is its beautiful surroundings. Located at Marinen, between Nidarosdomen and Nidelven, you have an amazing view of Trondheim.

I tried to catch a couple of panorama views yesterday.

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Highasakite thriving as live act

On June 3 I had the chance to see Highasakite play a magnificent concert at Studentersamfundet in Trondheim.

If you are one of the lucky ones to attend Glastonbury,Roskilde, Hurricane Festival or any of the other gigs on their busy summer schedule, you really have something to look forward to. I’ve seen them regularly since their debut and have never seen them perform this well before, both musically and in terms of the stage performance.

Ingrid Helene Håvik is really flourishing as a front figure for the band, and seems to really enjoy singing the new material from the record “Camp Echo” which I think has some great songs, “Golden Ticket” being my personal favorite.

Fortunately I had my Sony DSC-RX100 Mark III with me, so I caught some snapshots during their concert here in Trondheim.

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