Our sixth album was released on march 16th! Stream it where you prefer to stream things or get the real deal here: http://hubromusic.com/splashgirl-sixth-sense-cdlp/
Splashgirl returns to the UK in march! See the live section for venues and dates - we are very much looking forward to play some of the material we composed for the Four Susans project in 2017, as well as music from our coming album; Sixth Sense (Hubro 2018).
Splashgirls sixth album will be ready for release on Hubro, march 16th. Get it where you buy your vinyls/CDs/digital files/streaming! Tune in, turn up!
While you wait, here´s a heads-up from our promo department:
Immersive electro-acoustic trio Splashgirl (Andreas Stensland Lowe, keyboards; Jo Berger Myhre, bass/guitar/electronics; Andreas Lonmo Knudsrod, drums/percussion) was the first act to sign to the Hubro label, with the group's second album as a unit, 'Arbor', marking the label’s debut in 2009. Since then, each subsequent release has deepened and strengthened the developing Splashgirl sound, from 'Pressure' (2011) and ‘'Field Day Rituals’ (2013) to ‘Hibernation’ (2015).
With the arrival of a sixth album, which continues the band’s relationship with the inspirational engineer/musician Randall Dunn, famed for his work with Earth and Sunn O))), it’s evident that Splashgirl has reached the end of one span of creativity and begun to enter another, ascending to a whole new level. For ’Sixth Sense' is a breakthrough project characterized by a radical freedom of approach to composition and performance. At times, the results can seem closer to the sculptural manipulation of pure sound than to the workaday norms of more conventional music-making. The wonderfully immanent, in-your-face sonic density of the album’s mile-wide dynamic range also represents a remarkably successful attempt to capture the extremes of the audio spectrum. In short, ‘Sixth Sense’ sounds immense.
But if Splashgirl’s journey from piano, bass and drums post-jazz trio to out-there experimentalists might seem all but complete, the delicate interplay of acoustic instruments continues to perform a vital role. It’s an interplay that opens and closes ’Sixth Sense’, whose circular structure departs from, and returns to, a predominantly acoustic sound-world. Minimalistic plinky-plonk piano, thrumming double bass and splashy drums and cymbals become the jumping-off points for further sonic adventures to be explored through both live improvisation and post-production treatments, with any musical statement remaining essentially provisional until finally fixed - caught in the net - by the editing process. These signature sounds and their electronic manipulations are also to be heard alongside a myriad of musical influences, from musique concrete and leftfield post-rock to cinematic echoes of all sorts of things: 'Blade Runner'-like retro-futurism, say; the pre-digital electric-fusion of 'Black Market'-era Weather Report; synth-driven Tangerine Dream-style Krautrock. The result is a thrilling suite of seven separate pieces that can be listened to either incrementally or as one long-form work where the sheer density of sound and gradual accretion of meaning seems to deepen the longer it goes on, achieving by the end a kind of hard-won epic grandeur that is very impressive, moving even. The range of Splashgirl’s influences and reference points, and the tastefulness with which they have been chosen and employed, also serve to reinforce the sense that there’s a real creative intelligence at work here, and that the listener can relax with confidence into whatever new journey they are being taken on. There might be no clear destination in view. But it will definitely be interesting.
‘Sixth Sense’ was partly recorded in Iceland by Randall Dunn, at the same 2015 sessions that produced ‘Hibernation’, and partly by Splashgirl at the trio’s self-built Kennel Collective studio in Oslo, in March, 2017. The album was mixed by Johnny Skalleberg at Amper Tone, Oslo, and mastered by Espen Hoydalsvik at Tinnitus Mastering, Oslo.
Splashgirl will play an intimate show in the small house in Oslo where the bands first album on Hubro was recorded (Arbor - 2009). We are very much looking forward to revisit this beautiful place that sparked so much creativity all those years ago! Check the facebook event here
In december, Splashgirl will play a handful of shows in Norway. So far, Nasjonal Jazzscene in Oslo and Grenland Jazzforum will be visited, more shows to be confirmed shortly! Check the live page for further info!
We´re happy to announce three upcoming live dates in Latvia and Estonia in september, in Riga, Ventspils and Tallinn! Check the Live page for details and links to venues.
Other shows for the fall will be announced shortly!
The new Splashgirl album is called Hibernation, and was recorded in Iceland in january 2015, our second album produced by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Marissa Nadler).
Available on all digital platforms january 2016, but please find a way to purchase the vinyl, like any lover of good music would. Stop by our label Hubro for more info.
We will be playing a release concert in the wonderful room of Tøyen Kirke thursday november 12th - with guest musician Nils Martin Larsen (Psyence Fiction, Apothek) and Sigurd Ytre-Arne on visuals.
Get your tickets here: https://act.ticketco.no/splashgirl