Opening with track ‘You Could Be The One’, Petter channels a sound similar to his Scandinavian brethren Mew but there’s a beautiful melancholic edge to his voice, which elevates Petter’s sound beyond his peers. Even Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree is a fan, calling it ‘a classic’. ‘Never Leave Me’ is enchanting and dreamlike not unlike Sigur Rós but as the album progresses Petter reveals more hidden depths on tracks like ‘Wings’, where he creates lush, cinematic soundscapes as each track on the album is centred around the theme of love.
From Alta, far up north in Norway, Petter Carlsen continues to make his beautifully personal and atmospheric music, reflecting the cold, dark and wild surroundings of the north. His debut album ‘You Go Bird’ was released in 2009, with his second – ‘Clocks Don’t Count’ – following in 2011.
His third offering, Sirens, was produced by Wetle Holte (Eivind Aarset, Anja Garbarek, Wibutee) and mixed by Christer A. Cederberg (Anathema, Maria Mena).
Beautifully atmospheric, his music has been identified by progressive British rock outfit Anathema as something very special. Indeed, singer / guitarist Daniel Cavanagh states that ”once I heard Petter Carlsen’s incredible voice and beautiful songwriting, as well as his warm personality, I always felt that he would be connected to and part of the inner circle of Anathema for a long time to come. Quite apart from being a great friend, he is the most talented musician I have ever met in my life.” Quite an accolade for Mr. Carlsen.
Sirens will be released via Function Records on 24th November 2014.