Release Date: 19 February 2016
Format: LP Vinyl
|Snøskred Empty House Limited Vinyl LP
Norwegian indie band Snøskred (pronounce the Ø as the «i» in bird) are back with their first album since 2012. «Empty House» is an elegant exploration of «bands with guitars in them» to quote Snøskred themselves.
After starting out as a shoegaze influenced act in 2012, Snøskred have reinvented themselves and the 2015 version sees them drop the cascadeing noise in favor of classic 90’s indie stylings. Referential, but not conservative, they mention bands like Pavement, Wilco, Talk Talk and Yo La Tengo as important influences on their new sound. Subtle, slow burning and introvert but still quite immediate and engaging. It feels like Snøskred have something truly timeless etched in the grooves.
Lead single «Puzzle» was released in september and got lots of positive reviews, among them kind words from The Guardian and Amazing Radio.
Singer Karl Klaseie: Puzzle is a simple song living in a complex world. The melody and lyrics are innocent, while guitars are tumbling and falling around them. It was the last song written and recorded for our upcoming record, and it came at a point where a lot of the elements that makes up this record already were there: Fripp guitars, echoing drum machines, the viola sound of an Arp Omni. Too easy.
Drummer Kyrre: I remember the sun beating on the excessively large storefront window of the studio making the control room hotter and hotter. I remember missing the sound of the fans we went out to buy for the studio when I heard the recordings at home. I remember listening to strange overdubs in a room with practically no oxygen in it. My head works differently in the summer and I think that the unusually warm summer of 2014 in Trondheim gave the music its own particular logic.
1. Motor City
4. Blurred Out Lights
6. Lexington Hotel