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Commuter Anthems

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This is the second full-length release from Eivind Opsvik (bass, drums, percussion, piano, organ, Theremin, vocals, software) and Aaron Jennings (guitars, lap steel, banjo, concertina, vocals, software), and their first on Rune Grammofon. Opsvik is from Oslo, Norway, but has lived in New York since 1998. He started out playing the drums at a very early age, but gradually switched to bass in his teens while also spending time experimenting with a 4-track tape recorder. In New York he now has his own band Eivind Opsvik Overseas and plays with a number of other experimental groups. Jennings is a guitarist and software enthusiast from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who moved to New York after college, where he began working in a variety of musical projects. Over the course of his career, Aaron has concentrated on free jazz and electronica, but these days he's mostly considered a musician that works somewhere in the realm of experimental pop music. As with much of the incomparable Rune Grammofon catalog, Commuter Anthems is difficult to categorize. Both players come from a jazz background, but that's only a small part of the picture. Folk and country influences provide the album with a rural, almost relaxed feeling as guitars, double bass, concertina, pump organ, lap steel, banjo, and various recording techniques and software manipulations create a filmatic musical story being played by a dreamy experimental pop orchestra.