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We regard Splashgirl as one of the most exciting young instrumental bands to come out of Norway in the past few years. With "Pressure", its third album (due for release in August), the band is taking yet another giant stepforward. Here the musicians are opening the doors to several new musicalrooms to the dark, dank cellar as well as to the attic where all theirforgotten memories are stored away.
Splashgirls second album, Arbor, was Hubro's very first release in 2009.
The groups course of development from its 2007 debut, Doors. Keys (AIM), inwhich the inspiration it derived from Paul Bleys jazz piano recordings wasobvious, to the more genre-defying, low-key band collective on Arbor, was enormous.
The band's foundation remains acoustic: piano Andreas Stensland Løwe
(Thelma & Clyde, Lama, Jæ), double bass Jo Berger Myhre (Ingrid Olava, Solveig Slettahjell) and drums Andreas Lønmo Knudsrød (Sacred Harp, Lama).But as on Arbor, the members of the trio also work with some simple analogue electronics.
The musical dynamics of Splashgirl have a broad scope. Modest and lyrical.
Ranging from gloomy prophecies of doom that flow onwards like hot tar to the ethereal, minimalist-inspired compositions. The opening track on their new album would have been perfect as film music for a Western filmed in theAntarctic. In any case, what is most striking about SPlashgirl is the
enormous sense of concentration and the impressive focus on subtle details that are an integral part of their music.
The album was recorded by Alex Kloster-Jensen at Malabar Studio in Oslo, and was mixed by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Jesse Sykes) at Aleph Studios, Seattle.
-The slightest gradation speaks with great profundity. (John Kelman, All
-Subtleness gets a completely new meaning.( Benjamin Vis, Nieuwe Geluiden)
- Splashgirl was an exciting discovery and one of Punkt 08's best shows,
ranking as the surprise of the year‹ and not just at the festival (...)
Splashgirl is a group that deserves a wider audience and, if it can get some proper exposure, no doubt will. (Allaboutjazz.com)
Check out 'The Other Side" from the newly released album "PRESSURE"
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