The Matriarch And The Wrong Kind Of Flowers

Posted By on August 22, 2012 in blablabla | 4 comments

 

My new solo album is now out!
It was recorded up in the amazing tomb of painter Emanuel Vigeland, and as the reviews are coming in these are of course exciting times. My solo recordings are made in solitude, and handing it over for mastering (to Helge Sten aka Deathprod) and the label, Rune Grammofon, is the first time anybody listens to the final result. From there on it becomes anybody’s music, and it certainly warms cold fingers when you know people are listening.

The Matriarch And The Wrong Kind Of Flowers is available on CD, LP (Blue vinyl (!!!) w/download code) and just plain digitally.
There are also 100 special edition red LP’s around. These are sold only from Rune Grammofon’s website, and from me at selected gigs.

 

Here are some links to some reviews

Norwegian

Adressa – 6/6
Side2 – 6/6
Dagbladet – 5/6

Update:
Dagsavisen – 6/6

 

English

Vital Weekly (US)
“STIAN WESTERHUS – THE MATRIARCH AND THE WRONG KIND OF FLOWERS (CD by Rune Grammofon)
(…) I did think for a short moment that Westerhus is about jazz, but this album tells me otherwise. Most of th

e material here was recorded at the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum, known for its 20 second natural reverb, and I assume this is where Westerhus taped his voice and guitar bits, but surely used some amount of processing somewhere else. This album, these nine pieces, don’t have anything to do with jazz indeed. Just what it is then, is a different thing. This is one of those albums with music that don’t fit any description. Perhaps improvisation played an important role in the creation of the music, yet it doesn’t sound like improvised music. The same could be said of the use of electronics in the music, but it doesn’t bring (automatically?) this into the land of say ‘drone’ music. Much more I think this is some form of modern classical music, but where the pieces have the length of ‘pop’ songs, each being very much its own entity. Partly using slow changing collage like sounds with abrupt changes, these are majestical movements in sound. Lots of (natural) reverb, such as in ‘Like Passing Rain Through 9 Lives’, with adds to the cerebral atmosphere of the music. I thought this was all great stuff.
Very innovative, very new and something ‘else’ for a change. Quite a pleasant surprise. (FdW)”

4 Comments

  1. jacob September 7, 2012

    very good work!Grats!

  2. Precision September 21, 2012

    great work! greetings from serbia.