Sunturns’ Christmas Calendar – Door #13

Today’s recommendation is from Einar!

Ludvig Moon is the lovechild of Sufjan Stevens and Sonic Youth. A promising band conducted by the brilliant young songwriter Anders Magnor Killerud (former member of Team Me).

Sunturns’ Christmas Calendar Door #12

Today’s recommendation comes from Jørgen!

KAROKH

A lot of jazzpop has come out of Norway the past few years, pharmacy Karokh is one of my favourites. Flowers Every Day is my go-to song for getting the adrenaline going before any gig I’m playing.

Sunturns’ Christmas Calendar – Door #11

Today’s recommendation comes from Eivind:

 

TEAM ME

 

Nostalgia is a big christmas magic trigger. Smells, ambulance sights and sounds could take you all the way back to childhood. And for some: video games. 80’s style platform games in particular.
Team Me. Sure, adiposity this awesome band is well-known, but not everyone knows there’s a thematic music video game for Weathervanes and Chemicals. And the game contains both weathervanes and chemicals. What a treat!

Sunturns Christmas Calendar #10

Since we are a full blown super group with members from lots of different Norwegian bands, sickness we thought we could recommend you one Norwegian band you should listen to every day until christmas. (Rule #1: It’s not allowed to recommend a band you play in or that someone else in Sunturns plays in).

Today’s recommendation comes from Ola, who writes songs, sings and plays guitar and keyboards with Sunturns. He also plays with Making Marks.

UNNVEIG ÅS

Unnveig once supported Making Marks in Bergen, several years ago. She is very talented, almost like Joni Mitchell. She’s also published poetry, and this video is made by Jørgen, the drummer of Sunturns and Making Marks.

Sunturns’ Christmas Calendar – Door #9

Since we are a full blown super group with members from lots of different Norwegian bands, cialis 40mg we thought we could recommend you one Norwegian band you should listen to every day until christmas. (Rule #1: It’s not allowed to recommend a band you play in or that someone else in Sunturns plays in).

Today’s recommendation comes from singer, songwriter, pianist, and occational guitarist Einar. He is the driving force behind the Einar Stray Orchestra and also plays with Moddi and Siv Jakobsen.

 

JENNY HVAL

Jenny Hval never sounds alike. She is probably the freshest breath in the Norwegian music business. She always surprises me from record to record, gig to gig – always pushing my opinion on what’s allowed to sound like or write about. Is it okay to use your voice so it sounds like a demonized angel? Is it okay to write about your menstruation? If your name is Jenny Hval, I hereby allowed you, because Jenny Hval, in all her provokation and experimental approach is pure quality and inspires me tremendously.

Sunturns’ Christmas Calendar – Door #8

Since we are a full blown super group with members from lots of different Norwegian bands, ambulance we thought we could recommend you one Norwegian band you should listen to every day until christmas. (Rule #1: It’s not allowed to recommend a band you play in or that someone else in Sunturns plays in).

Today’s recommendation comes from our drummer and percussionist Jørgen, capsule who also plays with bands and artists like Making Marks, Moddi, Tina Refsnes and many, many more. He also makes awesome videos.

EERA

Eera is a Norwegian living in London.
You may have seen her on stage with acts like Farao and Douglas Dare, and back in the days she used to perform as Anna Lena & the Orchids.
Why this girl isn’t more famous is beyond me.
I just can’t get enough of her absolut absorbing presence, both live and recorded. 

Sunturns’ Christmas Calendar – Door #7

Christmas calendars start too early, advice so we decided to wait until the 7th of December to start ours. Since we are a full blown super group with members from lots of different Norwegian bands, sildenafil we thought we could recommend you one Norwegian band you should listen to every day until christmas. (Rule #1: It’s not allowed to recommend a band you play in or that someone else in Sunturns plays in).

 

Today’s tip comes from Eivind, multi instrumentalist who plays both bass, guitars and keyboards with Sunturns and other bands like Psyencefiction, Monzano and The Little Hands of Asphalt. His first recommendation is Morten Myklebust:

 

If you pick the prettiest of the red baubles off your christmas tree, hold it up towards the light and look inside, this video is probably what you’d see. Not only does Morten Myklebust write absolutely beautiful songs, but he also has a voice that lives up to them.

His latest album “The Sparks Flew Up” came out in September. Listen to the track “Riley” while you keep in mind that the rest of the album is just as good:

https://soundcloud.com/tenderoslo/riley

Sunturns – Christmas I & II

While Bill is 40, and 000ft up in the air*, moving his family back to Australia, we’re releasing his first album since Allo Darlin’s triumphant finale. Everyone’s favourite bass-player-with-moustache-come-charismatic-front-man (McCartney, Lemmy, nah!) has made an album simply described as indie mixed with country, or country mixed with indie. Or like if Lou Reed went to a Linda Ronstadt Concert in 1988 and decided to have a change of direction. It’s an absolute cracker – just as you’d expect from Bill, and his assembled backing band cherry picking members from The Wave Pictures, Tigercats, Hefner and Owl & Mouse.

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Better Friends is available on blue 12″ vinyl, CD and digitally. You can buy a copy from us via our online shop, from your local record shop, and from all the usual digital outlets (Spotify/iTunes/etc).

*literally, by my calculations he’ll be over Eastern Europe as the album is released in the UK, and by the time he lands it’ll be out worldwide and have been out in Australia for all of a day

SUNTURNS are a Norwegian super-group devoted to Christmas, case
featuring members of Making Marks, Moddi, The Little Hands Of Asphalt, Monzano and Einar Stray Orchestra.

Sunturns

The new Sunturns album Christmas II is not a normal Christmas album. Consisting of 10 original Christmas songs and one Ramones cover, five of Oslo’s finest singers, musicians and songwriters join forces once again to portray their take on Christmas. The songs, inspired by everything from My Bloody Valentine to A-ha, sung both English and Norwegian, delves in to Christmas, combined with family fights, death, emptiness, an amateur tennis champion, expensive beer, the axial tilt, shopping malls, nostalgia and forgiveness. Shimmering guitars, snow filled piano lines, gentle strings, springy vocals and dynamic drums – all steady conducted by Sunturns’ very own Sjur Lyseid in the producer’s seat.

While 2011’s debut was full of humorous, festive charm Christmas, Christmas II is a much darker and more adult affair. The bands’ all along gravitas is clear throughout: the sound is more mature, more electric and tighter. Having written none of the songs on the first album, youngest band member Einar Stray can claim credit for half the Christmas II songs, while Ola Innset has successfully written his first Christmas songs in Norwegian.

The album was recorded in the summer of 2015 deep in the woods of Sweden in the legendary Silence Studio, with guest appearances from Ofelia and Hanna of the Einar Stray Orchestra providing string accompaniment.

Sunturns consist of Eivind Almhjell (Psyence Fiction/Monzano), Jørgen Nordby (Moddi/Making Marks), Sjur Lyseid (The Little Hands Of Asphalt), Ola Innset (Making Marks) and Einar Stray (Einar Stray Orchestra/Moddi).

The band christened themselves Sunturns, harking back to the pre-Christian celebrations marking the winter solstice; the point the dark Norwegian days start to fall back and give way to the light. The seasonal band formed back in 2011, under the direction of Oslo based label Spoon Train. They immediately recorded and released their debut album Christmas to rave critics among Norwegian press, and went on tour in Norway and England to spread their somewhat different Christmas gospel. With both serious and humorous songs about many of the holiday’s backsides, the album became a hit record amongst indie fans both in Norway and abroad. The single The Sun Turns was listed on Norwegian radio station NRK P3’s official Christmas list and has been played heavily every December since. Sunturns’ come together once a year for an annual Christmas show in Oslo, and is for many a dear festive tradition.

New album Christmas II is released on vinyl, alongside 2011’s album Christmas on vinyl for the very first time, in a double LP package in a gatefold sleeve, including a download code of both albums. 18 original Sunturns tracks and covers of Low’s Just Like Christmas, Swearing At Motorists’ Losing Mine and The Ramones’ Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) make up this double album package.

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