tusmørke Bydyra (digipak CD, £14.25)
Tusmørke is a psychedelic, progressive folk rock band from Skien, Norway. “Bydyra” (“Urban Wildlife”) is their 5th full length album, and also their first album for (and with) children. Comprising two original mini musicals written for a local children’s school in Oslo, “Bydyra” manages to blend their unique take on prog rock with humour and relatively grown-up topics like urban wildlife, the skyrocketing prices of housing in Oslo, the financial crisis, social issues, global warming, and good and bad magic. Although it’s meant for children, this album is just as enjoyable for prog-loving adults. Tusmørke is: Benediktator - vocals, bass, acoustic guitars, Glockenspiel, jew harp, assorted percussion and loads of handclaps, Krizla - vocals, flute and electronics, HlewagastiR - drums and percussion, Dauinghorn av Jordsjø - electric guitar, and The Phenomenon Marxo Solina s- Steinway & Sons grand piano, MiniMoog model D, Solina Strings Ensemble, Mellotron M400, SCI Prophet-5, Arp Axxe, Arp Pro Soloist and Lindholm Spinet.
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