You should buy this amazing album immediately. The sound is absolutely fantastic. Beautiful harmonies and hypnotizing grooves from great musicians that always focus on the greater whole and never show of. The soundtrack of the best 70s horror movie that was never made.
Favorite track: Auditory Hallucinations.
Ultrasound is the result of two individuals with a huge appetite for scandinavian progressive music. Jostein Haugen and Marius Leirånes began to work on the album in late may 2015, and one year later they began the recording of "Ultrasound". During the process the band reached out to Mattias Olsson (Necromonkey, ex Änglagård), and he joined mainly as their producer. He was also in charge of drums, overdubs and mixing. Johan Hals Jørgensen (organist) was later recruited as the bands new keyboard maestro. Jostein Haugen and Marius Leirånes goes way back and have played together in various projects since early 2008. The album is mastered in the united states by Christopher Cline, and the artwork is done by Henning Lindahl.
Ultrasound is a fully instrumental album and it consists of soaring leads and cinematic string sections. The album is an emotionally powerful set of atmospheric electronica and progressive rock that blends the past, the present and the future.
Jostein Haugen and Marius Leirånes plays the guitars/bass and keyboard sections alongside glockenspiels and other various instruments. Mattias Olsson provides uplifting and experimental drum-beats throughout the album, alongside the Mellotron M400 and other instruments. The album also features journeyman flutist Ketil Vestrum Einarsen, known best in Prog circles for his work with Weserbergland, Jaga Jazzist and White Willow.
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This Canterbury-infused record has a lot of the qualities that I love in prog rock: structured yet unpredictable songwriting; production that, unlike much new prog, does not sound like something recorded in an aseptic vacuum chamber; many different instruments that work together favouring empathic synergy over aimless technical noodling; different layers and moods seamlessly woven together; the rare capacity of not taking itself too seriously; and much more. A bold and inventive masterwork. muschiosauro