Bedehus & Hawaii

Trond Kallevag Hansen

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Jazz, Instrumental
July 5, 2019

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Cinematic C&N (Country & Northern) goes Pacific as West Norway chapel grooves encounter Polynesian-influenced steel and slide featuring the amazing Geir Sundstol on pedal steel.

On the guitarist and composer Trond Kallevag Hansen's inspired and inspiring Hubro debut, edgily ambient and cinematic atmospherics meet front-porch picking from a super-sensitive folk and jazz inspired ensemble given serious twang by the legendary Geir Sundstol on slide and pedal steel. Perfectly formed ear-worm melodies are stretched and bent into new improvised sapes as electric and acoustic instruments weave decorously in and out of each other's orbits, accompanied by startling solo preludes or intersecting excerpts of experimental field recordings or found sound. The spacious music wears its influences on its sleeve - there's Ry Cooder in there, Ennio Morricone, too, and an echo of Geir Sundstol's own recent solo masterwork, 'Brodlos', whose recording venue of Studio Intim (Sundstol's home-studio in Oslo) 'Bedehus & Hawaii' shared - but there's no straining for effect.

A particular blend of instruments and instrumentalists is partly what makes 'Bedehus and Hawaii' so distinctive, with Trond Kallevag Hansen choosing to use his familiar trio partners, Alexander Hoholm on double bass, and Ivar Myhrset Asheim on drums and percussion, alongside the virtuoso violinist Adrian Loseth Waade (Skadedyr). Adding Geir Sundstol supplied the magic touch. "Pedal steel guitar is probably the most beautiful sounding instrument I know, and to have Norway's most respected and in-demand guitarist playing on my album was surreal and amazing."

The remaining ingredient, and perhaps the reason why the album goes so far beyond the normal confines of a superior 'picking' set of instrumentals - whether jazz, country, or whatever - is Trond Kallevag Hansen's interest in film soundtracks, and his use of sound as sound, which adds a further level of intellectual engagement to the project. "I wanted the musicians to express themselves without feeling limited by the music, but I also wanted to tell stories and have a cinematic quality", he says. "That's also why I've been mixing electronics and a little field recording into the music, in order to bring certain moods and pictures to the mind of the listener, but without overdoing it."

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Key Value
Catalogue number HUBROCD2626
Barcode 7033662026265
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 70g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 145mm x 7mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Flanellograf -
2. Flukt -
3. Slektstreff -
4. Gatelys Og Sang -
5. Fartein Valen -
6. Dieselkjelleren -
7. Kappellet -
8. Bedehus Og Hawaii -
9. Halvvåkne Drømmer Fra Baksetet -