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Auric Gloom - Afterthoughts

Trond Flaata says, «We started this band as a hobby project when studying musicology at university, or main goal was to just make songs and get them recorded and after a while we had made our first album. But while we recorded our first album we still had band practice where we still made new music so when we released our first album we basically had another album ready to be recorded which we did the following summer. Most of the recording was done by ourselves in the studio belonging to the musicology department at our university. The album name kind of comes from this since the songs we made there could be said to be ideas we came up after we had finished writing the first album and for a long time most of our focus was on the first album while the songs you hear on the other albums were just made to keep going with regular band practices».

«I think most of the inspirations just came from having a band with skilled and creative musicians playing together. I can think of any bands we took direct inspirations from but the three genres: Prog rock, post rock and pop rock is probably the genres we took most ideas and moods from. As the main songwriter I had a lot of ideas that were taken from these genres and I didn’t care if there was songs that was very different, all from almost a pure pop rock song to songs with long ambient parts on the same album. This was my only band at that time and I wanted to put out all kind of ideas into this band instead of creating several band where one is a pure prog project and another is only pop songs etc».

Afterthoughts tracklist:

1. Koi (9:07)

2. Micawber (7:29)

3. Nubivagant (7:42)

4. Intermission (5:47)

5. Grown Apart (11:07)

6. Day Turns To Night (5:43)

Total Time 46:55


Trond Flaata – Keys

Jon Olav Alstad – Guitar

Einar Indergård – Guitar

Jonas Kjeldsen – Bass

Martin Bitar – Drums

Øystein Gundersen – Guitar

Ada Odegard Risberg – Vocals

«There was no overarching ide for this album, it was purely to put out ideas we came up with not in time to get on our first album. All the songs are their own thing in some sense».

«The first song Koi is taking lyric inspiration from Easter Asian mythology/religion, there is not much more to say about them. There is a very ambient/experimental opening with some violin recordings and lots of experimentation with guitar effects. Then we go into a couple of verses, all the verses are mostly in 9/8 with a 8/8 on the end of every round. Then in the middle we go to another part that are moving back towards more ambient/post rock style in 3/4. The song has a small prog inspired instrumental part after that, going more toward being a bit experimental with rhythm and new parts before a break where there are still some intricate rhythms going on. This break lead into the last verse».

«Micawber is the name of a character from Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield. The song is mostly about trying to stay positive even in bad times. This song is more prog. The first verse is more open with some solo voice then the next verses follows a rhythm more strongly, all these verses works around this little chord progression that maybe can be seen as a riff. The chorus is more traditional chorus, some more power than in the verses and hopefully a bit more catchy. In this song we have a longer instrumental part in the middle. You could say this is directly inspired by a lot of prog greats. It starts with a keyboard and drum part where we play with rhythms then the rest of the band comes in on the same idea. We have a little bit of guitar arpeggios before ending up in a more laidback guitar solo that halfway change inspiration from a standard rock solo into a solo with more classical inspirations. We ended up a whole tone above where we wanted to be so when the riff/chord progression from the beginning comes back after the solo we were able to transpose the song back there into a chorus in the same key as earlier».

«Nubivagant is in a weird way about accepting death, it sound a bit dramatic when written like that but as the songwriter i guess its kind of written with envy of those that can easily accept that either because of religion or other reasons. The chorus is focusing more towards how everything you do in your life is kind of your own and how the meaning of things and stories fades away with you meaning nothing to most people. The song is fairly simle, it starts with a main riff, then goes into a verse that works on the same chord progression. Then the pre-chorus comes in, might last for a long time to be a pre-chorus but it is a part we liked a lot. The chorus is a typical rock chorus, a lot of power and hopefully catchy. It’s just all this again but after a long ambient/post rock inspired part where a bass solo’ appears».

«Intermission is just an ambient little break in the album based on some jams we did as a band, there are some ideas here i would have wanted to write a song around but there was no time for that. I don’t think there are to much interesting to say about this song mainly because i cant really remember when most of the ideas were created and what my initial plans for them was».

«Grown Apart is about just that, growing apart. There is no specific situation or people involved, just the feeling of losing touch with someone you used to know very well and not being close to a person you share a lot of memories with. The song has a long kind of prog but also kind of post rock intro. The verses in going more towards pop rock, there is no choruses in this song but between the verses there is a break with some violin and synths. The song has a long ambient break in the middle leading into a guitar and keys solo before a long very intense outro building on the earlier break idea».

Day turns to night is kind of similar to Grown Apart but more from the perspective of a potential relationship that didn’t go where it could. This song is the most pop inspired song on the album but we put some more complex ideas into the song as well, the intro, 1st verse, chorus and repetition of the intro (could be called the main riff part or something maybe). Is very simple. But in the second verse we got some polyrhythm in the guitars to the right and ‘a lot of notes’ in the guitar and piano to the left. Then another chorus, a bridge/break and outro. Very inspired by a more traditional pop rock form.

Auric Gloom, music news, Norway, Trond Flaata, Jon Olav Alstad, Einar Indergård, Jonas Kjeldsen, Martin Bitar, Øystein Gundersen, Ada Odegard Risberg,


About Ulf Backstrøm (7413 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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