In the summer of 2011, I went to a livingroom-concert in Berlin with my friend Ian. Since we arrived early, we had time to talk about my most recent album, Dead Man Waltz. I asked him what he thought of the recording of the song "Oh, Ulysses", which he had heard me perform solo often, but had appeared on the album with a band. He said, "Lasse, ‘Oh, Ulysses’ is a great song, but on this recording it sounds like a fucking christian band!" While laughing at Ian and his straight-forwardness, I asked him to tell me how he thought it should be recorded. He told me how he’d do it, I liked his idea, and so I said, "well, why don't we record the song together for my next album?". You’re holding this album in your hand right now, so I guess his answer is obvious.
Several months passed and Ian and I found ourselves at yet another livingroom-concert. This time it was in Copenhagen at my own apartment. Ian had invited this Icelandic songwriter named Halla. As soon as she opened her mouth to sing, Ian and I knew that her voice was exactly what the album needed.
Another several months passed and the three of us started rehearsing. I instantly began tailoring the songs I had previously written to fit this new trio. Conveniently, all the songs that I would write soon after our formation seemed to fit themselves to our constellation of three voices and guitars.
I had always thought about recording an album in a remote and isolated place. Though Berlin and Copenhagen were the first two logical options of places to record, the crazy thought soon occurred to me that we could go to my friend Anders’ cabin in Norway. Crazy enough, it happened!
In early March of 2012, somehow we all ended up in a little cabin on the southern coast of Norway. It was bitter cold and snowing, the harsh Nordic wind was whipping, and just beyond the trees you could hear the waves splashing against the rocky shore. What better place to record songs of winter, fall, ice, death and broken love?
Lasse Matthiessen, March 2013
released April 2, 2013
Lasse Matthiessen, vocals & guitar
Halla Nördfjörd, vocals, harp, glockenspiel
Ian Fisher, vocals, guitar, thumb piano
Produced by Lasse Matthiessen, Halla Nördfjörd and Ian Fisher
Mixed by Lasse Baunkilde, Ole Matthiessen and Lasse Matthiessen
Recorded by Rasmus Opsahl
Photos by Antje Taiga Jandrig
Artwork by Senshake - www.senshake.nl
This album was recorded thanks to the loving, cooking and caring Anders Gaarder Karterudseters in Norway in his family cabin in Kragerø at the sea while the snow was falling hard, the wind blowing strong and the ground was hard with the frost.
Lyrics and music by Lasse Matthiessen and by Halla Nördfjörd & Ian Fisher
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