Geir Sundstøl – Våg (single)
Wizard of Strings Geir Sundstøl is back with his fourth solo album, St.Hanshaugen Steel. The title is an homage to the long gone steel factory located on his own stomping ground, and also a reference to Sundstøl’s reputable broad spectrum-treatment of the pedal steel guitar.
As a first taste the opening track “Våg” will be released August, 20. as a single. It features Arve Henriksen leaving his personal mark, a unique voice, yet new to this particular universe.
«I had admired Arve’s lyrical expression for years, and finally I mustered up the confidence to ask him to participate.» Initially, the trumpeter was asked to play on the outro of Våg, but he «got carried away, and added 10 tracks of trumpet and horn. We recorded Våg, thinking half-speed pedal steel, upright bass and 80’s Simmons Drums would be the core of the song. It came out a little more than that.” – Geir Sundstøl
St.Hanshaugen Steel offers a springboard to a dreamlike venture through soundscapes of “unusual” instruments, angelic guest-appereances, fairground attractions and 60’s sci-fi. It takes us deeper into the sonic textures with each incremental play.
Sundstøl’s sound is cinematic, but genreless, experimental and at the same time refreshingly open to any listener. The organic subtlety is now mixed with a new palette of synthetic paint.
Like Sundstøl’s earlier Hubro solo-releases, St.Hanshaugen Steel is mixed by Bård Ingebrigtsen and mastered by Helge Sten.
Once again, Sundstøl is calling upon some of his favourite musical brothers in arms; drummer and percussionist Erland Dahlen, bass players Mats Eilertsen and Jo Berger Myhre, and pianist/keyboardist David Wallumrød. St.Hanshaugen Steel also brings forth the beloved boys’ choir Sølvguttene, and the lyrical Arve Henriksen on the opening track “Våg”.
Erland Dahlen: drums, drum machine, steel drum, log drum, marching toms, xylophone, dulcimer, musical saw, Schulmerich handbells, waterphone, electric insects, blossom bells and triangle.
David Wallumrød: Minimoog, Prophet 5, Arp Pro Soloist, Hohner clavinet and Juno 6.
Mats Eilertsen: acoustic bass and organ.
Jo Berger Myhre: acoustic and electric bass.
Arve Henriksen: trumpet and vocals.
Sølvguttene: boys’ choir vocals.
Geir Sundstøl: pedal steel, National duolian, Shankar guitar, six string bass, Yamaha CS-20, optigan, harmonica, bass harmonica, cümbüs, guitar banjo, mandolin, Prime Time loops, Yamaha DX7, Logan String Melody, melodica, tabla and drum machines, Michelsonne toy piano, marxophone, guitarophone, Simmons SDS8, concert harp, Juno 6, cither, and Roland SVC 350 vocoder.