Release date: 27 September 2019
Credits and About
Olavi Louhivuori Drums, synths
Osmo Ikonen Cello, synths
Ilmari Pohjola Trombone, synths
Lasse Sakara Guitar
Lasse Lindgren Bass, synths
Recorded by Tuukka Tervo at Finnvox studios, Helsinki, December 2018
Mixed by Tuukka Tervo, April 2019
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck / Chartmakers
The album is rooted by bold hooks and melodies, and moulded with raw, emotive themes; the title references the Greek word meaning ‘beyond measure’, which perfectly reflects the band’s ambition and vision. Closer in style to In Cinema (2013) and Cathedral (2009) than to the previous album Agartha (2016) Hypermetros is arguably Odderang’s most compelling album to date – warm, rich and uplifting!
Hypermetros is the emotionally profound and moving fifth album from Finnish sound sculptors and creators of atmospheric epics, Oddarrang. For the past three years the five piece, at their base in Helsinki, have been refining their sound, with mutual trust and a common purpose at the centre of their collective endeavour. The result is majestic and beautiful, an album that glows with a sense of hopefulness and momentum, moulded by raw, emotive and uplifting themes.
Hypermetros is a deeply emotive and intimate representation of five unique personalities bound together by shared respect, the love of playing together and by the music. It’s unequivocally an album for the most loyal Oddarrang fans but also a great place to start for new listeners. It embodies a natural flow and organic dimension that transcends boundaries and transports listeners into new worlds that extend across barriers from Jazz to Classical, Post-Rock and ambient to cinematic soundscapes.
Masterminded by drummer Olavi Louhivuori, Oddarrang has a long history as a band built on friendship and trust and a total openness regarding shared musical ideas. As Olavi recollects: “We’ve been together over 15 years. It’s a group where musicianship and friendship are deeply intertwined, the strength comes from individuals from very different backgrounds (music and life) and each having a unique musical approach. This is a genuine melting pot, where different ingredients create a whole that is more than its parts sum – it’s intuitive, it’s natural, it’s very rare to experience this something we experience together when we sit down with our instruments.”
Those familiar with the band’s absorbing back catalogue will find this album sits closer to the earlier albums In Cinema (2013) and Cathedral (2009), than their previous Agartha (2016), but for new fans, this is a great place to start.
"On Hypermetros, they are at the heart of a more melancholic and meditative "post-rock". The whole seems more crystallized and concentrated than before. One circle closes and opens, as on the cover."
"...a musical product as beautiful, as it is new."