STEIN URHEIM - DOWNHILL UPLIFT [LP]
Cat. no: HUBROLP3614
Release Date: 6th November 2020
Cult guitarist and all-star band mix environmental theme with West Coast vibe.
For his sixth Hubro album, the Norwegian composer, bandleader and virtuoso guitarist Stein Urheim presents a new set of compositions for a specially formed group featuring three of his favourite musicians: bassist Ole Morten Vagan and percussionists/multi-instrumentalists Hans Hulbaekmo and Kare Opheim.
Characterised by a relaxed, loose-limbed pulse, rippling with cross-rhythms, with a widescreen feel that can suggest the open vistas of the American west, the seven tracks function together as a kind of informal suite. Their strongly defined melodies and carefully layered textures evoke a luminously coloured acoustic world where bucolic, country-rock tinged soundscapes meet worldjazz improvisations and a little of what might be termed pop-Americana.
Tracks: Downhill Uplift / Brave New World Revisited Again / Amalfitano / Sound / Free To Go / Lamp / Poor Moon