EXIT NORTH

BOOK OF ROMANCE AND DUST (EXIT NORTH RECORDS)

EXIT NORTH - BOOK OF ROMANCE AND DUST 128951
Format:
1 CD
Release:
19.10.2018
Label:
EXIT NORTH RECORDS
Kat.-Nr.:
128951
Barcode:
0692264690266
New quartet featuring Japan co-founder Steve Jansen, Thomas Feiner, Ulf Jansson, and Charlie Storm traces the edges of darkness and hope across a nuanced, provocative song cycle.

An uncompromising and unconventional debut album that explores the collective psyches and diverse influences of its renowned members.

Over a 4-year collaborative timeline, Steve Jansen, Charlie Storm and Thomas Feiner have contributed in multiinstrumentalist capacities and Ulf Jansson has focused on piano and keyboards.

All the instruments one associates with the world of rock are involved, but employed within an eclectic mindset.

The recording also features trumpet, harmonium and a string quintet. Legendary jazz bassist Lars Danielsson contributes upright bass.

Feiner's deep, rich vocals are vivid and emotional. They pair perfectly with the recording's spectral qualities, incorporating the ambient and orchestral.

Full of layers and complex lyrical turns of phrase, the record requires an investment to absorb.

It also includes an instrumental in "North" that finds Jansson conveying melodic intrigue in the absence of a voice.

A co-writing partnership first formed when Feiner worked with Jansen on his 2007 solo album Slope.

Feiner was already partnering with Jansson on other projects and brought him into the fold.

Feiner then invited renowned Swedish producer and engineer Charles Storm to join. Everyone felt a sense of trust, shared experiences and camaraderie that informed their sessions.

"The creative process for us is successful because we can communicate progress in composition and structure without being too precious about personal choices," said Jansen.

"The tracks have been through a number of changes and this process of raising the bar was only achieved by never resting on our laurels or believing one person's own way is the best way.

It's truly a collaborative band in that sense. " Exit North is truly about generating an aural gravity that pulls the best out of its participants.

Those who admire Jansen's instrumental, experimental solo output, as well as his song-based work with Japan and Rain Tree Crow, will find much to enjoy on Book of Romance and Dust.

Similarly, the audience Feiner has cultivated with his group Anywhen and its acclaimed recording The Opiates, will encounter a related, spacious aesthetic.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. BESTED BONES
  • 1.2. SHORT OF ONE DIMENSION
  • 1.3. SEVER ME
  • 1.4. PASSENGER'S WAKE
  • 1.5. NORTH
  • 1.6. LESSONS IN DOUBT
  • 1.7. SPIDER
  • 1.8. LOSING
  • 1.9. ANOTHER CHANCE