GEIR SUNDSTØL — The Studio Intim Sessions vol. 1

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EP · 2022

Tracklist

1 Gem 6:15
2 Dogg 3:29
3 Snik 3:24
4 Jekk 4:59
5 C’est vide en ville 9:18
6 Whole 3:50

Total Runtime 31:15

Line-up/Musicians

Banjo – Bashir Rydhem
Bass Guitar – Audun Erlien
Dholak – Sofi Jonas
Drums – Hans Hulbækmo
Harmonium, Vocals – Gulzar Butt, Chimta Raja Abdul
Drums, Percussion, Bells [Blossom Bells] – Erland Dahlen
Guitar [National Tri-Cone, Shankar Guitar, Arch Top Guitar], Lap Steel Guitar [Lap Steel], Bass Guitar, Dulcimer, Cümbüş [Cümbüs], Drone [Radel Drones], Pedal Steel Guitar [Pedal Steel], Drum Machine [Korg Minipops 7, Korg Rythm55, Behringer RD-08],Harmonica, Synthesizer [Minimoog, Roland Juno 6, Arp DGX Pro, Prophet 5, Logan String Melody], Marxophone, Mandolin, Celesta [Celeste], Cümbüş [Cümbüs], Percussion, Organ, Harp [Concert Harp], Keyboards [Optigan, Hohner Pianet], Guitar Banjo [Gitar Banjo],Vibraphone [Bowed Vibraphone] – Geir Sundstøl
Keyboards [Optigan], Bass Guitar – Nikolai Hængsle
Mandola – Kjell Pop
Synthesizer [Prophet 5, Roland Paraphonic 505], Mellotron, Vibraphone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone – Lars Horntveth
Viola – Håkon Brunborg
Vocals – Maria Due, Jarle Bernhoft

About this release

HUBRO LP3653 / 362744 (Norway)

Recorded, mixed and produced by Geir Sundstøl at Studio Intim, Oslo.
Daniel was recorded by Kjetil Carolis Jore at KC lydstudio, Valle.

Thanks to snobb for the addition and js for the updates

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Every now and then you come across an album on which every note is so perfectly placed that it sparkles like a rare gem. Such is the case with Geir Sandstol’s “The Studio Sessions Volume 1”. Geiris is a very popular session musicians who specializes in a variety of string instruments such as guitar, dobro, pedal steel, banjo and the Indian Shankar guitar. He occasionally releases solo albums which are usually sparse ambient affairs that reflect the wide open spaces of Norway, but his new album reveals something entirely different, dub reggae from Jamaica. The Nordic guitar work is still there, but everything is backed with very well played dub riddims.

This music is attractively somber and melancholic, often reminding one of early Bill Laswell albums such as “Hear No Evil” and “Hallucination Engine”, and also Ry Cooder’s sparse slide guitar work for the “Paris Texas” soundtrack. This is music for reflection that reaches deep into your soul. Every track is thoughtful and essential, there are no wasted moments on here. Album opener, “Gem”, features the purest dub, while other tracks are closer to dub fusion similar to the work of Laswell again, and Jah Wobble. The Indian Shankar guitar blends with the pedal steel guitar providing nice tone colors on “Dogg”. On “Snik”, Geir plays the stringed harp producing an exotica styled melody. Sampled choir gives album closer, “Whole” a spiritual impact. The top track though may be “C’est Vide en Ville”, on which Middle eastern melodies alternate with a folk melody sung in French. Throughout the entire album the expected dub style ambient breaks and psychedelic effects add to the soundscapes.

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