I can't begin to tell you exactly what Fort Bak Lyset, the latest Svart Records release from Oslo, Norway act Tusmörke, is all about, as the entire album is sung in their native tongue, but there's no denying the upbeat, fun nature of these 7 folky, proggy, and psychedelic tinged songs. With flutes, chimes, and acoustic guitars minstrel-ing (yeah, I know that's not a word) all around, much of Fort Bak Lyset is like a sunny meadow summit between Jethro Tull, Comus, Black Widow, and Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd. Some cool organ and other assorted vintage keyboards pop up on the engaging "Et Djevelsk Mareritt", and the playful psych and oddball space rock of "De Reiser Fra Oss" makes one wonder what a early '70s acid trip jam between Gong and Hawkwind would sound like. Swirling keyboards and soaring flute permeate the highly proggy "F¿rt Bak Lyset", and the two lengthy tracks that make up the back end of the album, "Nordmarka" and "Vinterblot", both try their best to remain catchy despite the obvious language barrier that many will experience. Again, plenty of enjoyable flute passages, bright acoustic guitars, and vintage keyboards abound on these tracks, as the band really tries to mix in classic sounds to their otherwise eclectic platter.
There's some really nice stuff to be discovered here on Fort Bak Lyset, though at times Tusmörke are a little all over the place, but you have to commend these Norwegian pixies for creating some unique sounds that also push plenty of those retro buttons that everyone seems to love these days.
02_Et Djevelsk Mareritt
03_De Reiser Fra Oss
04_F¿rt Bak Lyset