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Det Skandaløse Orkester: No Har De Laget Skandale!

Det Skandaløse Orkester (The Scandalous Orchestra) is a new band to me. They are, "A satirical music group from Bergen, Norway. Since 2011 they have garnered a reputation for being an exceptional live band with a lot of energy, humour and antics. "

When they say orchestra they really mean it as can be evidenced by the list of musicians involved in the making of the record: Mats Erik Mikkelsen: main vocals (1-8 + 10-11) Monotron (1, 9, 10),Sondre Jørgensen: Fender Rhodes (1-7 + 10, 11) Wurlitzer (9), Hammond B3 (5, 6, 11), Akustisk piano (8), Monotron (9), backing vocals(1-11), Øystein Bech-Eriksen: El-guitar (1-11) backing vocals(1, 3, 5-7, 10, 11), Sivert Karlsen: Drums (1-11), Bård S. Larsen: El-bass (6, 10), Andreas Tangen: El-bass (1-5+9, 11), Alexander Lund: Upright bass (2, 7, 8), El bass (7), crying (8), Endre Tufteland: Marimba (1-3, 5 ,7-11), Olav Dale: Flute (3, 4, 8, 11) Clarinett (8), Morten Norheim: Tenor Sax (7, 10, 11), Alt Sax(7), Hallvard Lyssand: Trumpet (7, 10, 11), Birte Sofi Thomassen: Trombone (10, 11),Arne-Henning Markhus: Trombone (7), Annlaug Børsheim: Violin (2), Pia Nilsen: Backing vokals (10), Helen Indrevær: Backing vocals (10), Julia Jin: Scream (7), Einar Gelius: Preacher(6), Aleksander Haugland: Sampling and sound effects (01) and finally, Sven Tommy Renholm: Recorder (4),Poetry and wisdom (1, 3, 4, 11.) Phew! There's only five people on their publicity picture though!

The key influence/touchstone here is Frank Zappa as in turns the album dips into jazz, driving rock, prog – you name it it's here including music from the fun fair. Tracks like the wonderful "Hull i Buksen" have a lovely lightness of touch about them whilst remaining remarkably danceable at the same time. An unexpected pleasure of an album.

Track Listing:
1. Det Skandaløse Orkester - Kjenningsmelodien 2.35
(A: Pipekonsert, B: Episode 1: Nakenbad)
2. Skandale Instrumentale 1 5.21
3. Det Skandaløse Orkester - Kjenningsmelodien (Episode 2: Hysteri) 0.55
4. Hull i Buksen 6.59
5. Det Skandaløse Orkester - Kjenningsmelodien (Episode 3: Drapstrusler) 0.59
6. En Prest og en Plage 4.44
7. Superonanisten 1.44
8. Mannen med det hårete fødselsmerket på den ene skulderen 4.27
9. Skandale Instrumentale 2 2.28
10. Blotterne Blomstrer i Varmen 8:29 11. Skandale Finale 5.42

Added: October 2nd 2014
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 1829
Language: english

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