|Release summer 2020
Ivar Grydeland – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, banjo, electronics electronics
All music by Huntsville (TONO/NCB), Yuka Honda (Luminescent Invertebrates Music/BMI), Nels Cline (Nebsonic Music ASCAP/admin. BMG), Darin Gray (Gray Label Music/BMI, admin. BMG), Glenn Kotche (Pear Blossom Music BMI/admin. BMG)
Recorded at Wilco Loft, Chicago June 29, 2010 by Pat Burns
Produced by Ivar Grydeland
Release 5. March, 2015 (double vinyl/CD/download)
The trio’s previous release, “Past increasing, future receding”, was recorded in Tomba Emanuelle, a room with exceptional acoustics and a long-lasting echo. The dramatic setting led the band into a darker and more heart-stopping musical landscape than on previous albums. There are still traces of this darker landscape on their fifth album, “Pond”, although this album also showcases new sides of the band.
“Pond” is the result of a successful session in the Oslo studio AmperTone with sound engineer Johnny Skalleberg. Ivar Grydeland plays electric guitar, pedal steel and electronics this time. Ingar Zach has expanded his percussion set-up with timpani, and Tonny Kluften’s distinctive bass playing is given more freedom to stretch out than on the band’s previous albums.
Perhaps most striking this time is how clearly the musical personalities of the three different musicians are able to emerge. “Pond” has become a new career highlight from Huntsville. Through four long tracks we encounter a band that is true to its own sound and idiom, but never stands still.
|Past Increasing Future Receding (2013)
Release 20. September, 2013 (Vinyl/CD/download)
According to our label we – «The distinctive trio Huntsville continues to impress us on its fourth album, “Past increasing, future receding”. This is clearly the group’s most atmospheric and monumental release so far. The excursion into an ever-darker landscape that began with the critically acclaimed LP “For Flowers, Cars and Merry Wars” continues here.»
Buy the album, and make up your own opinion.
“Past increasing, future receding” was recorded in Emanuel Vigeland’s Mausoleum at Slemdal in Oslo: a dimly lit – almost entirely dark – barrel-vaulted room completely covered with frescos painted by Emanuel Vigeland (1875-1948). The artist himself erected the building in 1926, with a view to housing his sculptures and paintings there in the future. He later decided that the museum would also serve as his burial chamber. All the windows were bricked up, and his ashes were meant to rest in an urn above the door. Inspired by Italian influences, he named his building Tomba Emmanuelle. The impression made by the dimly lit frescos, portraying hundreds of naked figures, is heightened by exceptional acoustic properties and a long-lasting echo.
This unique room has gradually become a popular concert and recording venue for artists such as Stian Westerhus, Susanne Sundfør, Diamanda Galas and Nils Økland.
Even the most tentative sound evokes an enormous acoustic response in the Mausoleum. For the members of Huntsville, the overwhelming acoustics of the room became a sort of fourth member of the band while they were recording this new album. The music feels more hypnotic and visually evocative than on earlier albums, and demands the full attention of the listener.
The album was the result of three intense working days with sound technician Thomas Hukkelberg. This time, too, the band mixed the album at Propeller Studio together with Kåre Chr Vestrheim (Motorpsycho, Jaga Jazzist).
|For Flowers, Cars and Merry Wars (2011)
Huntsville’s third release is a pretty neat 12″ vinyl – which includes a CD version of the music, too! The Norwegian artist Hanne Hukkelberg is guest on voice on the near 19 minutes title track! The album is mixed in Propeller Music Division by Kåre Chr Vestrheim (Hanne Hukkelberg, Motorpsycho, Jaga Jazzist, Shining, Odd Nordstoga a.o.)
Hi-res downloads available as long as internet exists..
We hope that most of you choose Bugge Wesseltoft’s excellent site GUBEMUSIC for your Huntsville downloads. Why? Because they are using FLAC format – which means much better sound than most other download options. Same price as most other download sites! The album will be available from iTunes etc as well. More info here:
|Eco, arches & eras (2008)
Huntsville second release is a double disc comprising three special guests. Norwegian singer Sidsel Endresen appears as guest on the track «eco», while guitarist Nels Cline and drummer/percussionist Glenn Kotche appear on «eras» – a nearly one hour long piece captured live in 2007.
First half of this double delight disc was recorded and mixed in Propeller Music Division, Oslo by Mike Hartung and Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim, assisted by Hasse Rosbach. Edits and additional recordings by Ivar Grydeland. Second half was recorded live at Kongsberg Jazz Festival, 2007 by Thomas Hukkelberg, mixed by Giuseppe Ielasi. Both discs mastered by Bob Katz, Orlando, Florida, US.
|for the middle class (2006)
Huntsville’s debut CD For the Middle Class was
The music was recorded various places in Oslo during 2005 and 2006 by Thomas Hukkelberg, edited by Ivar Grydeland and produced by Huntsville. Final mix by Reidar Skår in Oslo and the mastering was done by the master guru Bob Katz in Florida, US. Cover design by Kim Hiorthøy.