03. Isen på Bukta
Music and geography are closely related. Places have their sounds, and sounds have their
spaces. A lot has been said about the "Nordic sound", whether it be jazz, progressive rock,
electronica or extreme metal. We tend to think of isolation, melancholy, a certain kind of
light, coldness, vast stretches of ice and rock.
Few have pinpointed their Nordic sound more precisely than Marius Leirånes, known from
the Norwegian prog band Pixie Ninja. For his first solo project, he has chosen to tell -
through music - the stories of his ancestral homestead, a small farm by the name of
The music on this record describes events and landscapes from the farm and its immediate
environment, the wild, near-Arctic landscape of Rana in Mo I Rana. This area is pretty much
smack on the Polar Circle, plunged into eternal darkness for half the year, while the midnight
sun illuminates the summer months 24/7.
In his history, as well as in this landscape, there is drama, darkness, beauty and light in
equal measures. Combining elements of electronica, progressive rock, ambient and
post-rock, Langtidsperspektiv takes you on a journey that ranges from the serene to the
stormy, and from the tragic to the triumphant.
To paint these aural pictures, Marius enlisted the help of musical friends from the upper
echelons of the Norwegian prog rock scene. Flautist Ketil V. Einarsen, known from Wobbler,
White Willow, Weserbergland and Motorpsycho. Guitarists Gaute Storsve of Weserbergland
and Thomas Meidell of The Samuel Jackson Five. Drummer/percussionist Trond Gjellum of
Panzerpappa and Suburban Savages. White Willow/The Opium Cartel's Jacob Holm-Lupo is
co-producer and mixer, and contributes various instrumentation. Marius himself has written
the material and plays keyboards, modular synths and other various instruments.