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Action & Tension & Space: Tellus (Rune Grammofon)

With one foot in fusion-oriented improv and the other in psychedelic/prog rock, the 4th album from the Norwegian quartet of Per Steinar Lie on lapsteel & electric guitar, Oystein Braut on guitar, organ & Mellotron, Julius Lind on double bass and Orjan Haaland on drums are joined by keyboard wiz Sigbjorn Apeland and percussionist Stale Liavik Solberg.
 

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Per Steinar Lie-lapsteel, electric guitar

Oystein Braut-guitar, organ, Mellotron

Julius Lind-double bass

Orjan Haaland-drums

Sigbjorn Apeland-harmonium, Fender Rhodes

Stale Liavik Solberg-percussion


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UPC: 7033662022250

Label: Rune Grammofon
Catalog ID: RCD 2225CD
Squidco Product Code: 31681

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Norway
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Hauge Chess Club, in Torvastad, Norway, on November 1st and 2nd, 2019.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"The band describe themselves as a spaced-out, instrumental lounge rock outfit, with added vibes of folk music, jazzy surf, psychedelia, free improvised chill-out, jangly post-rock, and travelling bass. Not much to add here, apart from possibly a pinch of krautrock.

Tellus is the quartet's fourth album, and their debut on Rune Grammofon. Being something of an all-star team from the fertile psychedelic space drone scene in Haugesund on the west coast of Norway, the members also pay their dues in bands like Electric Eye, Lumen Drones (ECM), Undergrunnen, and The Low Frequency in Stereo, whose album Futuro was released by Rune Grammofon back in 2009.

On Tellus they are joined by Sigbjorn Apeland, a much-esteemed musician largely operating in a landscape of folk music, church music and improvisation. He is a member of Nils Okland Band (ECM and Hubro) and has collaborated with him for 30 years, also appearing on his two albums for Rune Grammofon; Straum and Bris.

Also appearing on Tellus is Stale Liavik Solberg, a central force on Oslo's thriving improvised music scene. He has performed worldwide with numerous Norwegian and international musicians and curates the excellent Blow Out! festival.

With Tellus, Action & Tension & Space heads into the Hardangervidda (the big plains connecting the eastern and western parts of southern Norway) terrain of wide-open spaces, spare vegetation and unruly weather conditions, especially during the winter. The album was recorded in a small studio in Haugesund during two days of heavy rain showers and stormy winds rumbling outside the windows."-Rune Grammofon


Artist Biographies

Per Steinar Lie, born 12.04.73 in Haugesund, is a Norwegian guitarist and bassist, known for the groups Action & Tension & Space, Lumen Drones, The Gin And Tonic Youth, The Low Frequency In Stereo, and Undergrünnen.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/752776-Per-Steinar-Lie)
2/16/2024

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Øystein Braut is a Norwegian guitarist, known for the groups Action & Tension & Space, Dig Deeper, Electric Eye (2), and The Alexandria Quartet.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/1160716-%C3%98ystein-Braut)
2/16/2024

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"Julius Lind (born 13 September 1977) is a Norwegian jazz and rock bassist.

Lind took his education at the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonsevatorium, and play within the bands "The Gin and tonic youth", "Ape club", "Action&Tension&Space" and "Blow".

Lind also played double bass within the Norwegian rockabilly band "Rex Rudi" (2000-08). He has also played within "Girl from Saskatoon", and in 2010 he appeared within his own Julius Lind Quartet on gigs at clubs like "Herr Nilsen"."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Lind)
2/16/2024

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Ørjan Haaland is a drummer, known for the groups Action & Tension & Space, Lumen Drones, The Gin And Tonic Youth, The Low Frequency In Stereo, and Undergrünnen.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/752775-%C3%98rjan-Haaland)
2/16/2024

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"Sigbjørn Apeland (born 10 May 1966 was raised in Sveio, Norway) is a musician (organ and Harmonium) and scientist, known from several recordings and for his work in the borderland between folk music, church music and improvisational music.

Apeland is a graduate in performing Church music at the Rogaland Musikkonservatorium (1988) and ethnomusicology from University of Bergen (1998), before he as fellow at Griegakademiet completed his Dr. art. with the thesis Kyrkjemusikkdiskursen: Musikklivet i Den norske kyrkja som diskursiv praksis (Church music discourse: The music scene in the Norwegian church as discursive practice, 2005).[1]

Apeland contributes on numerous album releases by Nils Økland (1995-), Reidun Horvei (1998), Ingeleiv Kvammen and Olav Kvammen (2000), Åsne Valland Nordli (2001), Marylands (2001), and Agnes Buen Garnås (2002). For the Vossajazz he released the album Fryd (1998), in collaboration with Berit Opheim (vocals), Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass), Einar Mjølsnes (Hardingfele) and Per Jørgensen (trumpet).[2] With Berit Opheim he released the album Den Blide Sol (2007).

Apeland often plays together with county musicians in Hordaland, he also collaborates with the fiddle player Synnøve S. Bjørset, and with Knut Hamre, Hildegun Riise and Benedicte Maurseth."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigbj%C3%B8rn_Apeland)
2/16/2024

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"Solberg holds a Masters degree in improvisation at the Norwegian Academy of Music and has since worked in the Norwegian and European improvisation scene, u. a. with Øystein Eldøy, Frode Gjerstad, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Eivind Lønning, Stine Janvin Motland, David Stackenäs, Joe Williamson and Per Zanussi in the formations Hot Four, Motsol, S / S Motsol and VCDC. He also played in a duo with John Russell and in a trio with Steve Beresford and Martin Kitchen, 2014 in trio with Alan Silva and Mette Rasmussen . With Paal Nilssen-Love, he organized the Blow Out! Festival in Oslo. [3] Solberg lives in Oslo."

-Wikipedia DE (translated) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stle_Liavik_Solberg)
2/16/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Chromosomes 6:16

2. Tellus 3:26

3. Trinity And The Holy Ghost 9:56

4. Schweppes And Koskenkorva 6:45

5. The Last Petrol Station Before Hardangervidda 14:09

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