Jan 16 2020
These are videos that I like: Mats Eilertsen “Tundra”
One of my favorite albums of 2019 was Reveries & Revelations by Mats Eilertsen. It’s got plenty of tranquility for when I need something soothing late at night or first thing in the morning, but it’s got just the right amount of edge and liveliness to sit down with the album smack dab in the middle of the day. And it’s on one my favorite labels, Hubro Music, which specializes in the this kind of music, along with the kind of music that is so strange and yet so melodic and eludes any attempt to classify it with our better known genre tags.
This video is from the album track “Tundra,” put together courtesy of Jenny Berger Myhre.
You can expect to be reading more about this album as we ramp up for the Best of 2019 reveal (which, by the way, starts tomorrow night with the introduction!)
Listen to more of the music on the artist’s Soundcloud page.
If you don’t want to wait for my Best of 2019 list and just want to purchase the album right this instant (and you should), it’s available at: Bandcamp | Amazon
Jan 19 2020
Best of 2019 #66: Mats Eilertsen – “Reveries and Revelations”
Mats Eilertsen has been responsible for all kinds of fascinating music, so it’s no small thing to say that Reveries and Revelations is arguably his most compelling work to date. It’s a series of de facto duo sessions performed in isolation. The bassist recorded pieces in his own home studio, and then sent the music to a handful of collaborators to perform their own music along to it. In turn, they sent that music back to him, and thus began the final stage of putting it all together into something of a sonic collage. Eilertsen retains the minimalist aspect of the music, and never lets the recreation become something illogical or untraceable back to the solitary nature of this music. And yet, he generates a large presence with these pieces, something that transcends the first blush impression of introspection and peaceful tones. It is not unlike how sparse noises seem to roar out from the quiet black of night… almost as if silence is the best reflective surface for huge sounds to incubate. There’s also an intimacy to this music, and seems to belie the claim that the musicians were miles apart when making their contributions to the final product. All of it comes together for one of the most compelling works of 2019.
Your album personnel: Mats Eilertsen (double bass, electric bass, acoustic bass guitar, guitar, harmonium, keyboard), and guests: Geir Sundstøl (guitar, national guitar, banjo), Eivind Aarset (guitar), Thomas Strønen (drums, percussion, electronics), Per Oddvar Johansen (snare drum) and Arve Henriksen (trumpet).
Released on Hubro Music.
Music from Oslo, Norway.
I wrote about the album for The Bandcamp Daily.
Listen | Read more | Available at: Bandcamp – Amazon
By davesumner • Recap: Best of 2019 • 0 • Tags: Best Jazz of 2019, Geir Sundstol, Hubro Music, Mats Eilertsen, Oslo, Thomas Stronen