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Mark Olson - Spokeswoman Of The Bright Sun

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Mark Olson
Spokeswoman Of The Bright Sun

Label Glitterhouse Records
Erstveröffentlichung 01.09.2017
Format CD
Lieferzeit 1 – 3 Werktage
Preis 15,75 € (inkl. 19% MwSt. zzgl. Versand)
Rezension

Es gibt nicht viele Musiker, die ein Genre so nachhaltig prägten, wie Mark Olson das des Alternative Country oder Americana. Gerade, als sich der kommerzielle Erfolg des amerikanischen Singer/Songwriters abzuzeichnen begann, entschloss er sich dem Musikbusiness den Rücken zuzukehren und in Joshua Tree, am Rande der Mojave Wüste niederzulassen, um unabhängig von allen kommerziellen Zwängen selbstbestimmt Musik zu machen. Olson, der in Minnesota aufwuchs, hat inzwischen mit der norwegischen Sängerin und Multi-Instrumentalistin Ingunn Ringvold eine neue kongeniale Partnerin für Leben und Musik gefunden und veröffentlichte 2014 zusammen mit ihr das laut Rolling Stone „perfekt unperfekt, romantisch und lebensverliebt“ klingende „Good-bye Lizelle“ via Glitterhouse Records. Jetzt folgt am 19. September endlich mit 'Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun' der lang ersehnte Nachfolger. Ein Album das in seiner Einfachheit und Ehrlichkeit zu Herzen geht. Einfühlsam, von einzigartiger Wärme und schlichtweg zeitlos!

”Our album was recorded during a Joshua Tree summer basically inside our home but sometimes outside on the porch“, sagt Mark, „it was warm and I was making a lot of strange ice teas, brewing recipes that came from an herb book I had bought at the local thrift store. We went right from writing, to rehearsal to recording in the May, June and July time period and I think that is the secret to making a unique album, keeping the momentum of the writing and part learning of the song as you move towards to final takes“ führt er aus. “Composing and arranging for Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun was one of the most joyful experiences of my recording career“ sagt Ingunn über die Aufnahmen. „Working with Marks original material and unpredictable chord progressions has been the highlight of my musical journey, it's like I'm standing in the desert holding a gemstone in my hand”.

Alle Songs auf Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun wurden von Mark und Ingunn mit ihrem Nagra Recorder aufgenommen und abschließend in John Schreiners (u.a. Hal Blaine) talentierten Hände gegeben, der sich für den Mix und das Mastering verantwortlich zeigt und einen entscheidenden Teil dazu beitrug, dass diese 10 poetischen Songs eine einzigartige Wärme verbreiten und ein bemerkenswertes Vintage-Feeling transportieren.
„The recording sessions with Danny Frankel (drums) took place in the morning before the Mojave heat was on. Danny lives near by and has developed his own language via his beat communiques (a type of tambourine Esperanto). We were able to go back over some of the grooves and try different approaches and some of the songs just worked on the first couple of takes. Later that summer we visited with Lewis Keller (bass) in his home in Colorado. We had a time and rather than show him charts and such we went on and on about the themes and significance of each song and how it relates to the recorded folk-rock legacy on certain albums stuck in time. The writing of the music for this album is the desert I long to return to, this valley of string sounds is where I really want to be and what takes up the most time in my heart. The remembering of how I was just a young teenager driving up Topanga Canyon with my Aunt to a bluegrass festival. The sounds of banjos in the Santa Monica Mountains and the beautiful outdoors. That is why now I write mostly outside, under an old Siberian Elm tree that is home to a colony of Bumble Bees. Wow! Look Out! They buzz me on occasion and also just float above my head, hovering in a curious way like some natural apis blimps sent out to observe my lonely work!” - Mark Olson

Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun erscheint am 01/09/2017 auf Glitterhouse Records und wird nicht nur Freunden von Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash oder Chris Hillman gefallen!

Review

This is music that will speak to you about things that have happened! An album that sounds like you are alone in the desert all by yourself. Remembering childhood experiences and musical instruments and all the joy that took place. We have forgotten because of terrible things that have happened. Is it the truthfulness that attracts you to this music? Listen out of time: Mark Olson & Ingunn Ringvold are singing 'Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun', the follow-up of the critically acclaimed Alternative Country/Americana masterpiece 'Good-bye Lizelle' (Glitterhouse Records, 2014).
”Our album was recorded during a Joshua Tree summer basically inside our cabin/home but sometimes outside on the porch“, says Mark, „it was warm and I was making a lot of strange ice teas, brewing recipes that came from an herb book I had bought at the local thrift store. We went right from writing, to rehearsal to recording in the May, June and July time period and I think that is the secret to making a unique album, keeping the momentum of the writing and part learning of the song as you move towards to final takes. The recording sessions with Danny Frankel (drums) took place in the morning before the Mojave heat was on. Danny lives near by and has developed his own language via his beat communiques (a type of tambourine Esperanto). We were able to go back over some of the grooves and try different approaches and some of the songs just worked on the first couple of takes. Later that summer we visited with Lewis Keller (bass) in his home in Colorado. We had a time and rather than show him charts and such we went on and on about the themes and significance of each song and how it relates to the recorded folk-rock legacy on certain albums stuck in time. The writing of the music for this album is the desert I long to return to, this valley of string sounds is where I really want to be and what takes up the most time in my heart. The remembering of how I was just a young teenager driving up Topanga Canyon with my Aunt to a bluegrass festival. The sounds of banjos in the Santa Monica Mountains and the beautiful outdoors. That is why now I write mostly outside, under an old Siberian Elm tree that is home to a colony of Bumble Bees. Wow! Look Out! They buzz me on occasion and also just float above my head, hovering in a curious way like some natural apis blimps sent out to observe my lonely work!”
Ingunn Ringvold - Marks wife and musical partner in life and music - comes from Norway, the home of Thor Heyerdahl, the explorer of Easter Island and Kon Tiki raft author. She has been singing in public since she was a very young person. Her voice is one of natural beauty. Ingunn is honest, trustworthy and strong. She hears music in her heart and writes emotionally dramatic and moving string arrangements. She plays the Armenian Qanon. She studied with Arax a very well established Qanon master from Vanadzor, Armenia. In Vanadzor she learned how to harness great strength in her performance style. Ingunn also plays the keyboards, djembe, guitar and dulcimer.
“Composing and arranging for Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun was one of the most joyful experiences of my recording career.“ Ingunn recalls, „I'd bought a Mellotron from Stockholm that I was very excited about, every different string arrangement was like a different color in an impressionistic painting, I was able to incorporate from my musical heritage, the hymns and the folk songs of my Grandmother, to my own style of minor and major walking hand in hand. Working with Marks original material and unpredictable chord progressions has been the highlight of my musical journey, it's like I'm standing in the desert holding a gemstone in my hand”.
All original track recordings were made with a Nagra field recorder. These tracks were delivered to John Schreiner for mixing and mastering. This is the moment a rainbow came into town. John has worked in some of the most important historically speaking and result speaking recording studios in Los Angeles. John worked with Hal Blaine in the past and in the present reinforced his studio sounds in San Clemente, CA with room sounds from studio 3 at Western Recorders. John mixes in groupings and the results are a new step forward in post modern folk-rock sound exploration. Enjoy the warmth and spaciousness of these outstanding musical mixes!
Mark Olson was born and raised in Minnesota by a family of mostly farmers and school teachers. He has been involved with musical instruments since the age of twelve and is self taught for the most part and uses alternate tunings and two part unison singing followed then by breaking off into harmony in his writing and live performances. He lives now in the California Desert with his wife Ingunn Ringvold. Mark and Ingunn tour off and on internationally almost every year.

Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun by Mark Olson will be released via Glitterhouse Records September 1st, 2017 followed by extensive touring.

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