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ARTIST
TITLE
Building Instrument
FORMAT
LP+CD

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CATALOG #
HUBRO 3541LP HUBRO 3541LP
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RELEASE DATE
5/27/2014

LP version. 180 gram vinyl with CD. On the eponymous debut album by Building Instrument we encounter a band that has taken plenty of time to distil its essence into a distinctive mode of expression. This is a rare quality in our modern day, whose underlying mantra is that everything must happen NOW. The concerts they have presented have made a lasting impression on many audience members. After one concert, the Irish Times wrote: "[I]t's a pleasure to discover their creativity and cheerfully aggressive attitude to music ... It's exciting to watch, very accessible and highly emotive." The members of the trio Building Instrument are Mari Kvien Brunvoll (vocals, sampler, zither, percussion, kazoo), Øyvind Hegg-Lunde (drums and percussion) and Åsmund Weltzien (synthesizer, electronics, melodica). Drummer Øyvind Hegg-Lunde plays in the Big Almost and Crab Is Crap, with Ståle Storløkken, and is currently on a world tour with José Gonzalez and his band, Junip. Åsmund Weltzien plays with Thea Næss. Vocalist Mari Kvien Brunvoll sings in Norwegian for the first time on this album, and is even using her local Molde dialect. She has been described as "an exceptional talent" by pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, who released her first solo album on his Jazzland label. The trio began to play together in Bergen in 2008, and their original idea was to explore electronic music. This project was quickly abandoned in favor of a more acoustic and home-grown focus. The members of the trio have now found their own self-defined niche within a genre that could be described as a no-man's-land. Their material is largely improvised and playfully invented as an ensemble. One of the trio's most striking features is their mastery of the art of both self-restraint and boldly letting everything loose. The musical leaps taken by the trio seem to be entirely seamless -- from catchy rhythms through freely-improvised sections to emotionally-charged melodies.