When You Cut Into the Present


"When you cut into the present the future leaks out." --William Burroughs

On their third album in as many years, following 2013's Edvard Lygre Møster (HUBRO 2527CD/3527LP) and 2014's Inner Earth (HUBRO 2548CD/3548LP), saxophonist Kjetil Møster's band Møster! take another leap forward and appear even closer, more unified, and better synchronized than ever. This album was recorded during a break in an extensive tour on a shared bill with the Norwegian-American band The Young Mothers. On Inner Earth, the band took a step in the direction of prog rock, and slowly and very patiently built up to an enormous climax. On When You Cut Into the Present, this gradual build-up has been replaced with a more direct and confrontationally effective style. Prog rock, psychedelia, and John Coltrane's jazz are obviously still sources of inspiration for the band, but this time they share space with everyone from King Crimson in their Red period to Alice Coltrane and Can. The music has also incorporated references from the originators of the Nordic jazz sound of the 1960s and '70s such as Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen, and Jon Christensen. From the very beginning, the musicians hit the floor running, propelling themselves toward ecstasy with constant sonic excesses and grooving with marathon-like stamina. The result is a catchy, addictive, and consistently creative eruption. Saxophonist Kjetil Møster is apparently everywhere all the time. He plays in a number of jazz and improvisational bands, but also performs regularly with Röyksopp & Robyn, Datarock, King Midas, and Lars Vaular. Since recording Inner Earth he has also released an album with the Hungarian trio and launched a concert collaboration with Chicago musicians Jeff Parker and John Herndon (Tortoise) and Joshua Abrams (Natural Information Society). In addition to Kjetil Møster himself, Møster! consists of the same musicians as on the previous album: the legendary Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan, guitarist and vocalist in Motorpsycho; Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen, bass player in Elephant9 and BigBang; and the ubiquitous drummer Kenneth Kapstad, also from Motorpsycho and Monolithic. When You Cut Into the Present was recorded at Øra Studio in Trondheim with technician Jo Ranheim. It was mixed by Christian Engfelt, Kjetil Møster, and Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen at Engfelt & Forsgren Studio in Oslo, and mastered by Jørgen Træen at Grotten in the Bergen Kjøtt building.