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Animal Magnetism

Animal Magnetism
So finally, some new music from us. Our fans have learnt to expect the unexpected from us, but this is unusual even by our standards, so I thought I'd give some background on this single.

First of all, let me welcome our new singer, the absolutely fantastic Venke Knutson. Some of you know her from the last The Opium Cartel album. Norwegians know her from the radio waves where her hits have been in rotation for a decade. We are extremely pleased and thankful to have her onboard.

Then the tune: Those of you who've read Bryan Reesman's liner notes to our Storm Season reissue know that Scorpions were a major inspiration behind that album. I absolutely love the Scorps, and especially their late 70s/early 80s phase. They had - and have - something really unique. So I decided to cover "Animal Magnetism", which is probably my favorite Scorpions tune. But I wanted to do it in our own way, by paying tribute to Scorpions' kraut roots. Although they have become known for a very "international" sound, an expansive, radio and arena friendly hard rock that goes down just as well in the US as in Europe, they started out with some fairly experimental and decidedly krauty records not a million miles removed from early Eloy, for example. So I decided to introduce some Tangerine Dream style electronics to reinforce that kraut connection. Lars of course provided the synthesizer magic.

Once the arrangement started taking shape, with a nice, gloomy, electronic kraut sound, doomy motorik drums from Mattias and Venke's cool, Nordic vocals on top I thought that I really needed a contrast to all that icy, Northern stuff. What would be a starkly human element that I could inject? The absolutely most human sound I know of apart from the human voice is the klezmer clarinet - it embodies all the ecstasy and agony of the human condition. The fact that "Animal Magnetism" already has a Middle Eastern tonality to it made the idea perfect in my mind. And the best klezmer clarinetist in the world is David Krakauer, so I contacted him and asked if he was interested - and he was! And that's how this whole, crazy thing came together. Scorpions, modular moogs, clarinets and a gorgeous soothing voice.

It's not prog in the traditional sense, I'll grant you that, but it certainly feels like an interesting step forward all the same. When the two full-length albums are released there'll be more of the stuff you expect - mellotrons, fluttering flutes and 15/8. But for now I want you to open your mind to this weirdness.

Credits for the single - since metadata is hard to come by:
Song written by Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Herman Rarebell

Venke Knutson - vocals
Jacob Holm-Lupo - guitars, bass guitar, synth
Lars Fredrik Frøislie - synthesizers
Mattias Olsson - drums
David Krakauer - clarinet

Produced, recorded and mixed by Jacob Holm-Lupo at Dude Ranch Studio
Additional recordings by Mattias Olsson (Roth Händle Studio, Stockholm), Lars Fredrik Frøislie (LFF Studio, Oslo) and Scott Jacoby (Eusonia Studios, New York)
Mastered by Chris Sansom at Propeller Mastering, Oslo

Special thanks to David Krakauer, Scott Jacoby and David Saporta

Cover design by Jacob Holm-Lupo

Links: iTunes and Spotify


Storm Season reissue OUT!

Storm Season
On Friday the 5th of December we are re-relasing our album Storm Season, originally released in 2004. At the time it was our label The Laser's Edge's bestselling album. But more importantly it is an album that we know is very close to a lot of fans' hearts, and since it's been out of print for a long time we figure it's about time we made it available again. As per our usual reissue policy this is being released on Termo Records, is remastered (all analog remastering), features bonus tracks, and this edition even has liner notes by legendary rock writer Bryan Reesman, known for his liner notes for bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and AC/DC. He also happens to be a White Willow fan.

You can get the album directly from Termo Records, or get it from any quality vendor. It will also be available digitally from iTunes, Spotify etc. Here's the teaser for the album...

In other news we are still hard at work on new music. As a matter of fact we hope to release a single around New Year's time - stay tuned! There will also be some important news updates soon.