Shares new single “Harajuku”
Self-Titled Debut Album February 5th 2021
Sturle Dagsland, the project of the acclaimed Norwegian experimental pop/Avant-rock singer, is now sharing the new single, “Harajuku” – listen here.
The new track comes off the back of last month’s “Kusanagi” release marking another exciting sound to be taken from the forthcoming self-titled debut album, out on February 5, 2021.
Together with his brother Sjur, Sturle seeks to create an expressive ever-changing soundscape that shifts from the ethereal and beautiful to the wild and abrasive; the upcoming record looks to demonstrate this through an array of instrumentation cut alongside Dagsland’s adventurous blend of different vocal techniques, primal screams and otherworldly, occasionally angelic, pop melodies.
This new single, “Harajuku” started to come together whilst the brothers were away in Tokyo. The song builds from the sounds of an Armenian duduk to paint an ethereal, somewhat dreamlike soundscape. Dagsland’s blissful vocal soars throughout, ebbing and flowing as tank drums and soft electric guitars build into an expressive finale.
Sturle Dagsland has created one of the most exhilarating and enthralling arrangement. The atmosphere of this release is such an expansive jam-packed exploration, layer upon layer intricately built and added to the flurry of the full soundscape. Each element introduced into the mix assists with the dynamic delivery and the hypnotizing harmony. The raw vocal delivery emerges and stops the audience in their tracks as the musician cuts the more-ish melody with a contrasting deep tone. This artist exudes creativity and their vision found in the compositions showcase the musicians’ contemporary outlook, infectious attitude, and ability to craft flawless and emotionally-driven immersive orchestrations.
Hailing from Stavanger, a city in Southwest Norway known for its fish, oil, and historic Viking battlegrounds, Sturle and his brother started working together in a creative format eight years ago, with the pair possessing a desire and aptitude to create a unique sort of music and to do this, use a vast assemblage of different instruments. The record, testament to its truly authentic sound, features everything from a guzheng (a Chinese plucked instrument) to a mbira (Zimbabwe finger harp), a custom-made Norwegian billy goat horn, Armenian duduk, autoharp, African kalimba, marxophone (fretless zither) and nyckelharpa (Swedish fiddle used on the track after the same name), this eclectic sonic platform is matched and pushed further with Sturle’s voice: a blistering, uncompromising whirlwind of sound which carries an intensity that ebbs and flows, shifting frequently in dynamic and what it tries to provide. The project’s distinctive sonic palette has found the band – which often incorporates up to five members onstage – perform not only at prestigious international festivals such as Tallinn Music Week, Iceland Airwaves, Sled Island and SXSW, but also alongside the likes of Big Thief – the project’s first US show was opening for them in Brooklyn – interspersed with performances at LGBTQ porn festivals in Berlin, sex parties in Brighton and grand, philharmonic halls in Russia.
Although mostly recorded in their hometown of Stavanger where the brothers have their own studio, they put together different segments across Europe absorbing the various landscapes to inspire the record too; these ranged from remote cabins in the Norwegian mountaintops to abandoned industrial estates in Russia, Soviet Navy ships in Eastern Europe and a remote lighthouse on a small island in the North Sea.
“Making music is a flexible multifaceted formula, and the way you cook it, and what ingredients you put in can differ from song to song,” explains Sturle when speaking about the record. “We are trying to be in a constant process of creating music, rather than waiting to absorb inspiration from somewhere else, but inspiration may come from anywhere, both from music, nature, dreams, art, life, and the subconscious.”
Wild, expressive, and truly idiosyncratic, the long-awaited debut album from one of Norway’s most innovative and experimental talents will be released on February 5, 2020. Pre-order the record here.