Norway - Full Moon 179 - 04/18/11
For Flowers, Cars And Merry Wars
Hubro / Musikkoperatørene
Huntsville's For Flowers, Cars And Merry Wars is demanding
stuff. And this is music quite difficult to bag. Huntsville is Ivar
Grydeland (guitars, banjo, pedal
steel guitar and various instruments), Tonny Kluften (electric bass,
double bass, bass pedals and various instruments) and Ingar Zach
(percussion, tabla machine, sarangi
box, sruti box, drone commander and various instruments) - an
improv-trio heading in many directions. They're sort of a perfect band
for British magazine The Wire.
For Flowers, Cars And Merry Wars, which is Huntsville's third
album (their first for Hubro; 2006's For The Middle Class and
2008's Eco, Arches & Eras
were released by the acclaimed Norwegian label Rune Grammofon), and
their vinyl debut, shows a playful improv-jazz outfit check out a more
rock-flavoured field. Instrumental
rock like 'post-rock', like Tortoise, or Paul Newman, that is.
Huntsville has toured Europe and the USA several times, has
collaborated/played with Norwegian jazz-singer
Sidsel Endresen, as well as Wilco's Nels Cline and Glenn Kotche (at the
Kongsberg jazz festival) and with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth (a
concert in Spain recently).
For Flowers, Cars And Merry Wars is an album holding 4 tracks,
opening with the monumental title track, which is spreading for almost
19 minutes! This is a
repetitive, staccato, hypnotic trip of, well, flowers, cars and merry
wars. There's even a brief vocal guest appearance by artist Hanne
Hukkelberg (check some of her
brilliant records; Little Things of 2005/2008 and
Rykestraße 68 of 2008). The track is quite an energy blast.
A small tabla-intermission (26 seconds)
called "For The Working Class" follows, before another mastodon,
"Ear/Eye Connector" (time: 12:40) plugs in. This is a really
spooky-sounding one, I can assure you.
The closing "Star Spangled Pillow" is the only normal track in length
and structure. It's also more down to earth, even though it's got a
quite mystic and cosmic touch.
Plus adding some moments of unpleasantness, as well. Yet, it's a very
cool track, and a perfect end to quite an album both exciting and
disturbing. Is this the sound of
rocket science? As one of the quotes on Huntsville's home site goes:
"...armed with a banjo, a
double bass, a pedal steel, a
bizarre tabla machine, shruti boxes and a fondness for freeing folk from
its folk songs - from Santa Fe to Bombay." (Boston Weekly)
For Flowers, Cars And Merry Wars was released in Norway on
March 2011. Limited edition LP on white vinyl with a printed inner
sleeve. Free CD version included.
International release is due June 2011. Distributors: Proper Note (UK);
Forced Exposure (USA & Canada); Socadisc (France); Challenge Records Int
(BeNeLux); Bomba Records
Copyright © 2011 Håvard Oppøyen