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Agartha

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AUTUMN 2016:
25.9 - Turku, Flame Jazz Cruise (Finland)
26.10 - Leuven, 30 CC (Belgium)
27.10 - Roeselare, De Spil (Belgium)
28.10 - Hasselt, CC Hasselt (Belgium)
02.11. - Hamburg, Häkken (Germany)
03.11. - Berlin, Jazzfest (Germany)
04.11. - Munich, Unterfahrt (Germany)
16.11 - Bristol, Rise (UK)
17.11 - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach (UK)
18.11 - Rich Mix, London Jazz Festival (UK)
22.11 - Jyväskylä, Vakiopaine (Finland)
23.11 - Hämeenlinna, Suistoklubi (Finland)
24.11 - Pori, Validia Karkia Klubi (Finland)
10.12 - Helsinki, Wejazz -festival (Finland)

‘Agartha’ is the fourth studio album by Finnish quintet Oddarrang and their second for UK label Edition Records. Taking its name from the legendary world that is said to reside in the Earth's core, ‘Agartha’ is raw, full of life and profound; beautiful, elevating and primal.

Olavi Louhivuori: drums, synths, voice
Ilmari Pohjola: trombone, synths, voice
Lasse Sakara:guitars, voice
Lasse Lindgren: bass, synths, voice
Osmo Ikonen: cello, synths, voice

Finnish quintet Oddarrang has established itself as a band with an undeniably unique sound – blending monumental riffs and dynamic builds with heart-wrenching, anthemic melodies that soar over a compelling and absorbing rhythmical drive. ‘Agartha’ pushes that emotion and potency to new levels with earworm melodies you’re sure you’ve heard before and driving rhythms sent pulsing through your veins.

Led by eclectic musician and spiritual drummer, Olavi Louhivuori, Oddarrang has produced a bold and imposing statement that without doubt will take it to the brink of international exposure.

Brave in conception and epic in execution, this music wells from the same melancholic Nordic spring that feeds the likes of Sigur Rós & Supersilent, adding the folky, post-rock influences of Mogwai and the electronic sound sculptures of Boards of Canada.

As Olavi explains: ‘Agartha has taken on a new energy for us. The writing and recording process was so rewarding and inspiring for us all. We’re very happy with the new music. For the band, the music is special, it’s part of all of us and brings together our own personal tastes and vision for the music. Now, we can’t wait for ou fans and new fans to hear it’.

Clocking in just shy of 40 minutes, the five-track album ‘Agartha’ takes its name from the legendary world that is said to reside in the Earth's core. With a unique blend of cello and trombone, soaring vocals and electronic soundscapes fusing with the magma intensity of guitar, bass and drums, this is music that achieves profound beauty: elevating and primal.

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released September 23, 2016

Aino Peltomaa: vocals on Aletheia

Recorded and mixed by Jyri Sariola at Mimix Studio May 2016
Mastered at MIMIX by Jyri Sariola May 2016

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Oddarrang Helsinki, Finland

Experimental Finnish band Oddarrang make a genre-defying sound. They have been compared to the cool but moving expression of Icelanders like Björk and Sigur Rós – a mesmerising and spiritual sonic soundscape. Oddarrang’s fascinating mix of musical moods, traditions and their unusual instrumentation (trombone, cello, guitar, acoustic bass and drums) are gaining them more fans at every performance. ... more

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