‘Agartha’ is the fourth studio album by Finnish quintet Oddarrang and their second for UK label Edition Records. Taking its name from the legendary world that is said to reside in the Earth’s core, ‘Agartha’ is raw, full of life and profound; beautiful, elevating and primal.
Olavi Louhivuori drums, synths, voice
Ilmari Pohjola trombone, synths, voice
Lasse Sakara guitars, voice
Lasse Lindgren bass, synths, voice
Osmo Ikonen cello, synths, voice
26 Feb, Sunday – Berlin, Kantine am Berghain
1 Mar, Wednesday – Frankfurt, Das Bett
2 Mar, Thursday – Dortmund, Tyde
3 Mar, Friday – Freiburg, Jazzhaus
4 Mar, Saturday – Karlsruhe, Tempel
Finnish quintet Oddarrang has established itself as a band with an undeniably unique sound – blending monumental riffs and dynamic builds with heart-wrenching, anthemic melodies that soar over a compelling and absorbing rhythmical drive. ‘Agartha’ pushes that emotion and potency to new levels with earworm melodies you’re sure you’ve heard before and driving rhythms sent pulsing through your veins.
Led by eclectic musician and spiritual drummer, Olavi Louhivuori, Oddarrang has produced a bold and imposing statement that without doubt will take it to the brink of international exposure.
Brave in conception and epic in execution, this music wells from the same melancholic Nordic spring that feeds the likes of Sigur Rós & Supersilent, adding the folky, post-rock influences of Mogwai and the electronic sound sculptures of Boards of Canada.
As Olavi explains: ‘Agartha has taken on a new energy for us. The writing and recording process was so rewarding and inspiring for us all. We’re very happy with the new music. For the band, the music is special, it’s part of all of us and brings together our own personal tastes and vision for the music. Now, we can’t wait for ou fans and new fans to hear it’.
Clocking in just shy of 40 minutes, the five-track album ‘Agartha’ takes its name from the legendary world that is said to reside in the Earth’s core. With a unique blend of cello and trombone, soaring vocals and electronic soundscapes fusing with the magma intensity of guitar, bass and drums, this is music that achieves profound beauty: elevating and primal.
“This is an album that drifts along with a quiet grace, and preferring subtlety over sharp jabs or explosions of distortion the key to its impact lies in the band’s ability to ratchet up the emotional resonance of these pieces without relying on bombast.” MUSIC OMH (UK)
“Released on the ever-wonderful Edition Records, it’s the kind of album that restores a moribund set of ears into the the place of loving music and all it has to offer, once again. It really does have the potential to draw in fans of multiple genres around the love of one band. Oddarrang, I salute you.” DROWNED IN SOUND (UK)
“…Their fourth studio album, arriving on single vinyl on gatefold, is named after a folkloric city at the Earth’s core, and features cello, trombone and much else amongst impressive ensemble playing, building an album that takes the listener on a fanciful but tuneful journey…” THE ARTS DESK (UK)
“Finnish quintet Oddarrang have sounded like a small lineup with big dreams since their emergence over a decade ago….humming with diverse musicality…” THE GUARDIAN (UK)
“They are reminiscent of post-rock bands like Sigur Ros or Boards of Canada, where there is a gloomy basic mood, but Oddarang create a stately and classic atmosphere…The mixture of synth landscapes, and other instruments are very successful.” JAZZNYT (DK)
Aino Peltomaa: vocals on Aletheia
Recorded and mixed by Jyri Sariola at Mimix Studio May 2016
Mastered at MIMIX by Jyri Sariola May 2016