JO BERGER MYHRE & ÓLAFUR BJÖRN ÓLAFSSON

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Norwegian bass player Jo Berger Myhre (Nils Petter Molvær, Splashgirl, Susanna, Mariam the Believer) and Icelandic drummer/keyboarist Ólafur Björn Ólafsson (Sigur Rós, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Skúli Sverrisson) teams up for time-stopping instrumental music.

 

Following on from the Norway/Iceland duo’s startlingly assured debut, ‘The Third Script’ (Hubro, 2017), Jo Berger Myhre and Ólafur Björn Ólafsson’s new album, ‘Lanzarote’, represents a quantum leap forward. By the end of the relatively modest but incident-packed 32-minute duration, the listener may require substantial time for reflection. As good as the debut recording is, ‘Lanzarote’ goes much, much deeper, with an emotional reach to the music that is immensely affecting.

 

Recorded once again between Reykjavik and Oslo, and mastered, like ’The Third Script’, by Helge Sten at Audio Virus, ‘Lanzarote’ builds upon the experimental, super-saturated sound and grainy resolution of the ambiently-inclined debut with fully-formed yet fragile ear-worm melodies played on piano and double bass, augmented on three tracks by melancholy brass fanfares from trumpeter Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson with Ingi Garðar Erlendsson on trombone and tuba. Otherwise, the two principals do everything themselves, with all seven tracks credited as ”written, performed and produced by Jo Berger Myhre and Ólafur Björn Ólafsson.” Myhre covers double bass and electronics/keyboards; Ólafsson, piano/organ/Moog and drums/percussion. “The album was recorded over a longer period than our first one, a year or so, with recordings made both in Oslo and Reykjavik throughout several sessions”, says Ólafsson. “As before, our songs are improvised and then sonically nurtured throughout the editing process, often with overdubs.”

 

Their first album titled «The Third Script» was released on Hubro in June 2017. Silently, it found it´s way to the hearts of critics, audiences and musical peers alike, resulting in wonderful reviews, an invitation to Nordur and Nidur festival curated by Sigur Rós, worldwide radio airplay and a nomination for the Norwegian Grammy Award.d of anyone else.

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