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“Unheimlich suggests the intuition that something is rather out of place, on the verge of going wrong even. Familiar but unrelatable, or the other way around! This is the feeling I wanted to channel with this music … Chiaroscuro”Jo Berger Myhre
Jo Berger Myhre
Photo © Jenny Berger Myhre
Aviary (Official Video)
(Directed by Jenny Berger Myhre)
Norwegian bassist, composer and producer Jo Berger Myhre has long thrived on collaboration, bringing his distinctive voice to a wide variety of adventurous projects. He is best known as one-third of the exploratory electro-acoustic trio Splashgirl and a member for the last seven years of the Nils Petter Molvær Quartet, with whom he’s recorded and co-produced two albums: 2016’s Buoyancy and this summer’s Stitches.
He’s also a frequent duo partner of multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Björn Ólafsson and has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Mariam the Believer, Jenny Hval & Susanna, Geir Sundstøl and Finland, the improvising alt-rock quartet of Pål Hausken, Morten Qvenild, Ivar Grydeland and Myhre.
Now, Myhre makes his solo debut with the release of the captivating and mysterious Unheimlich Manoeuvre. The title is an obvious play on the life-saving technique, though whether the added negation makes the threatening or simply subverted remains ambiguous. More to the point, the English translation of unheimlich is “uncanny” or “eerie” – an apt descriptor for the sounds that Myhre creates. To borrow a phrase from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, Myhre conjures aural landscapes that suggest “a place both wonderful and strange,” stunning in their beauty with something alluringly unsettling lurking just underneath.
Release Date: September 24th, 2021
Jo Berger Myhre – 1930´s German double bass, 1964 Gretsch 6071 bass guitar, Music Man HD150 amplifier, Simmons SDS8 drum machine, Moog Minitaur, Grendel Drone Commander and various analogue electronics.
Kaveh Mahmudiyan – tombak (#2, 4, 5, 7)
Jo David Meyer Lysne – acoustic guitar (#2, 3, 6)
Jana Anisimova – upright piano (#2, 3)
Morten Qvenild – synth (#3, 5)
Ólafur Björn Ólafsson – organ (#5)
Vivian Wang – narration (#5)
1. Everything effacing
2. Smallest things, part 1
5. Smallest things, part 2
6. Gate opens
9. Inner relations
Composed, performed, recorded, mixed and produced at Kennel Collective by Jo Berger Myhre
Co-produced by Morten Qvenild
Mastered by Espen Høydalsvik at Oslo Fuzz
Lyrics excerpted from “I Could See the Smallest Things” from WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE by Raymond Carver. Copyright © 1981, Raymond Carver; Copyright renewed © 1989, Tess Gallagher, used by permission of Tess Gallagher.
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