Gazpacho the reigning kings of atmospheric art rock return with new album Fireworker due for release on Kscope on 18th September and debut the album’s title track
Gazpacho have reigned as the kings of atmospheric and affective art rock, no small feat, as the subgenre is full of wonderfully moody, ornate, and emotional artists; yet, none of them manage to achieve the same level of exquisite baroque resonance and hypnotically introspective weight as this Norwegian sextet.
Gazpacho never fail to provide awe-inspiring examinations of the human condition, and their latest observation, Fireworker, the follow up to 2018’s album Soyuz, is no exception. It is undoubtedly among their greatest achievements, as well as one of the most profound pieces of music you’ll hear in 2020.
Conceptually, the album follows the band’s tradition of blending grand philosophical quandaries, stimulating literary leanings, and haunting personal turmoil. In a way, it acts as the culmination of the themes and techniques that has decorated earlier collections. Fireworker comes across like the overarching umbrella under which all of its predecessors occur. Total Time 50:23
Gazpacho states, «Gazpacho collectors, archivists, enthusiasts, librarians and curators of private collections of the most exquisite music, best enjoyed with a flashlight under the covers when the world thinks you’ve retired with a headache».
«The album is about someone who decides that his soul is a result of the interaction between his consciousness and the deeper ancient life force that is the animal part of his being. The part that has successfully reproduced and survived in an unbroken line all the way back to the origin of life».
«The part of him that, in order to survive all the billions of lives it has lived, must have done things too terrible to fathom. Can you be a good person if a deep part of you is a cold unfeeling survival machine?».
«So. He dives into the caves of his mind to try and find this entity to confront it and, spoiler alert, finds it and has a conversation with it which leads to a very dark conclusion».
Jan Henrik Ohme – Vocals
Thomas Alexander Andersen – Keyboards
Jon Arne Vilbo – Guitars
Mikael Krømer – Violin and Mandolin
Kristian “Fido” Torp – Bass
Lars Erik Asp – Drums and percussion