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ARTIST
TITLE
Come Up For Air
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
RCD 2052CD RCD 2052CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/16/2006

This is the fourth full-length release from this Norwegian trio led by singer, guitarist and main songwriter Ola Fløttum. Come Up For Air shows a band growing with confidence and maturing as writers since their debut album Self-Portrayal ten years ago. First appearing as angry young men with lo-fi Sonic Youth-like riffing, then exploring industrial prog and more structured songwriting, they found their current sound with their previous record, Star Is Just A Sun (2002). Come Up For Air is once again produced by Helge Sten, the sonic magician of Deathprod and Supersilent fame. This time the songs are more focused, the melodies clearer and the atmosphere brighter. But this is still a highly melancholic set of dreamy rock that some will say has a "Nordic" feel to it, whatever that really means. Others have compared The White Birch to Sigur Rós, Talk Talk and A-Ha without any of those references hitting the spot. We say this is a collection of original and personal songs, some of which will grab you straight away, like the captivating "Seer Believer" and "June" (with Susanna Wallumrød from Susanna and the Magical Orchestra guesting on vocals) and others are certain to sneak under your skin after a few more rounds. Originally released in Europe in November 2005 by German label Glitterhouse, this Rune Grammofon CD issue has exclusive artwork by Kim Hiorthøy.