The participants describe their project as a psychedelic drone band, but its stylistic reach is broad and evocative and will trigger many musical associations. Specific influences include The Doors, Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground, Durutti Column and "the jazz of the Dave Pike Set", but the Lumen Drones also rove through modal, ambient, multi-folk, minimal and noise zones, making exciting music all the way...
The roots of the band go back to 2008, when Nils was invited to play on a track ("Solar System") on The Low Frequency In Stereo's album 'Futuro'. Later, in February 2010, they played a collaborative set in a benefit concert for victims of the earthquake in Haiti and soon after formed Lumen Drones.
The band's influences might confound listeners who know Nils Økland only from his earlier ECM recordings - like the beautiful Ole Bull tribute 'Lysøen', or the reflective solo album 'Monograph', or his contributions to the idiosyncratic chamber music of the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble. Yet rock has also been part of Nils's life story; in the 1980s he played with Norwegian new wave band Løver & Tigre. Per Steinar Lie and Ørjan Haaland additionally are members of rock trio The Jackman/Lee/Haaland Set, with whom Økland has also jammed on occasion.
Personnel: Nils Økland (fiddles), Per Steinar Lie (guitars), Ørjan Haaland (drums)
- Dark Sea
- Ira Furore
- Echo Plexus
- Lux dedicated to Alf Lie
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