Tusmörke are a Norwegian progressive/classic/folk rock band, and Riset Bak Speilet is their second album, out now on Svart Records. This is pretty wonderful stuff, with 5 lengthy tracks that harken back to not only the glorious '70s, but also the booming neo-prog scene of the early '90s. Flutes, acoustic guitars, chimes, keyboards, percussion, and layers of lush vocals adorn these wispy, engaging pieces. Most of the songs are sung in their native tongue, with "Black Swift" and "All is Lost" in English, but the results are stellar either way. Imagine a cross between Jethro Tull, Comus, The Incredible String Band, and It's a Beautiful Day, for an idea of what to expect with this exciting band. Gotta love the haunting Mellotron & synths of the psych/prog track "Black Swift", while "All is Lost" and "Offerpresten" both contain some intricate, weaving passages of guitars, flute & keyboards that should appeal to fans of the Swedish act Anglagard. The closing 14-minute epic title track throws in quirky vocal melodies, haunting electric piano, flute, muscular bass, organ, and sizzling lead guitar for an extended prog adventure that will thrill any genre fan.
This was quite a surprise. If you haven't heard of this band previously, make sure you check this one out.
2) Gamle Aker Kirke
3) Black Swift
4) All is Lost
5) Riset bak Speilet