Jan 22 2020
There are so many different reasons a particular album will connect with me, and often, it’s more than one reason. It’s a joy to attempt to convey those emotions and thoughts in the written form, to bring the imagery in my head, heart, and soul to life on the page. But occasionally I encounter an album that is so damn beautiful in some ineffable way that all I want to do is simply type the words this is pure beauty over and over again. This is pure beauty this is pure beauty this is pure beauty this is pure beauty. Guitarist Trond Kallevåg Hansen has crafted an album that captures the Nordic countryside and the Pacific ocean shore, and he’s joined by musicians who have a talent at doing the same, especially fellow guitarist Geir Sundstøl, who, also, creates music of pure beauty and has left me equally captivated. 2019 has had its share of gorgeous recordings see the light of day, but perhaps none more oso than Bedehus & Hawaii. This is pure beauty. Sometimes that’s all that can be said, and really, there is nothing more that needs saying.
Your album personnel: Trond Kallevåg Hansen (guitar, electronics and field recordings), Ivar Myrset Asheim (drums and percussion), Alexander Hoholm (double bass), Geir Sundstøl (guitar, pedal steel, marxophone, optigan, xylophone) and Adrian Løseth Waade (violin).
Released on Hubro Music.
Music from Oslo, Norway.
I wrote about this album for The Bandcamp Daily.