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Kaipa: Offers 19 minutes epic song and new drummer!

Kaipa – Urskog

There are much Urskog (Prinmal Forest) around the world, but now there are an addition from Kaipa as their new album Urskog is about to be released. Legendary Swedish progressive folk-fusion-rock band Kaipa returns in April 2022 with their 14th studio album Urskog and a new drummer Darby Todd.

Urskog takes the listener on a breathtaking journey through the Swedish wilderness and the changing seasons. Hans Lundin’s six new compositions draw influences from the landscapes he witnesses during his solitary countryside biking treks as well as from a less known part of his own vast song catalogue. The track Urskog,

 HansLundin comments: «Most of the songs were written in 2018. At the time I was working on the 6-CD box “Hans Lundin: The Solo Years 1982-1989”, and revisiting my old solo albums informed my songwriting process for Urskog. Listening to these old compositions influenced my new compositions in a general way; there were also few instances where I took a nice chord structure or a melodic fragment of an old song and turned it into something entirely new. I also sampled some sounds from the 80’s that can be heard on the new album».

 The new album opens with The Frozen Dead Of The Night a 19 minute epic that takes us from the cold and bleak midwinter into the spring and its promise to start life anew. The album’s closing song The Bitter Setting Sun mirrors this theme as it’s time to say goodbye to the summer as we watch the leaves falling and recall memories from summer nights when the sun refused to set. The title track Urskog takes us deep into the heart of the Swedish primeval forest, evoking images of old folklore with its Swedish lyrics.

 While the rest of the band’s lineup remains intact, Urskog introduces new drummer Darby Todd from London, UK. Guitarist Per Nilsson explains: «When the time came around to start tracking drums, Morgan wasn’t available within any reasonable timeframe so on Morgan’s own suggestion, we decided to amicably part ways. Morgan’s fantastic and imaginative drumming has adorned the music of Kaipa for almost two decades and eight albums, but for what it’s worth, we felt that this could be an opportunity to bring some new grooves and new sounds into Kaipa».

«While Hans Lundin had a few ideas for the drummer position I only had one person in mind, someone whose creativity and chops rival those of Morgan’s but with more of a hard-hitting rock edge, and upon seeing a few videos of this guy bashing the skins Hans was convinced too. So, it brings us great joy to present to you mr Darby Todd as the new drummer for Kaipa! Darby has a resumé fitting a musician of his caliber, having played with Devin Townsend, The Darkness, Gary Moore, Martin Barre and many more, and while the guy is capable of expertly playing everything from death metal to soft jazz, he’s got a strong own voice on his instrument and it’s been exciting hearing him take these six new Kaipa tunes to the skies… and beyond! ».

 Lean back, relax and immerse yourself in the sonic forest of Urskog, or better yet use it as the soundtrack for your own wilderness excursion!

Line-up:

Hans Lundin – keyboards, vocals

Per Nilsson – guitars

Jonas Reingold – bass

Darby Todd – drums

Patrik Lundström – vocals

Aleena Gibson – vocals

Urskog

01 The Frozen Dead of the Night [18:52]

02 In a World of Pines [10:04]

03 Urskog [7:57]

04 Wilderness Excursion [8:57]

05 In the Wastelands of My Mind [6:13]

06 The Bitter Setting Sun [15:20]

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6703 Artikler)
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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