Making the Revirstredet album
Kosmoratik played our latest gig 13th of September 2013. This was at the time of the “Bridges and boats” release. In the beginnning of the acoustic set, my digital piano had by mysterious ways, as if by its own will, decided on a slightly out of pitch condition. Something we didn’t notice until we were on stage and which took us, as well as some of the audience, somewhat by surprise. Anyway, the gig turned out to be a success. But I remember taking the bus home that night feeling exited and also tired. I felt I had been banging my head against a wall for some time, and was running out of steam to push forward. The album got excellent reviews, but didn’t find an audience.
During the autumn of 2013 I booked a session demoing new songs I had written that summer. It was during this session I was introduced to the brilliant guitar player Helge Hovland. Apart from this, I really didn’t do anything musical for the rest of the year. But something happened during Christmas. I sat down at the piano, and the first verse of “Everywhere you find me” appeared almost fully formed. That was when this project started. Many of the new songs were composed at the piano. I’m a terrible player, but I like its intuitive way of working out chords, harmonies and melodic progressions. During Easter “Wood anemones” was written after days of walking through the woods, witnessing nature coming back to life after the winter. By this time I was in the flow, writing songs for the album.
I had known Jacob since just before we started to work on the “Bridges and boats” album. When I got the possibility to work with Jacob on this project, it was an unique opportunity. Jacobs invaluable help as co-producer, musician, and mixing the album has been of great importance, and making it such a pleasant experience. Recordings started October 2014 at the Dude Ranch Studio. The drums were recorded at Ole Tom Torjussens studio in Oslo, another great musician I'm very happy to work with.
I had some ambitions I wanted to explore. The songs should be short, precise and based on strong melodic content. The arrangements and instrumentation was not to follow any preset thinking, mode or genre.
I’m lucky to know the musicians that play on the album, and getting their creative input on the songs.
Thank you all