Steamdome fires up
Originally a commission work for Jazzfest in Trondheim, Steamdome established itself as a new house/prog/dance/jazz powerhouse outlet in 2016. Their self-titled album debut sent the group thundering through the sound barrier in late 2017, and praise showered down from press and audiences. Sold-out concerts, several prestigious awards and a top 10 position on the list of Norway's best-selling vinyl records later, Ola Kvernberg was well into the process of making the sequel.
As one of Norway's most versatile musicians and composers, encountering club music ultimately
ignited the spark Ola needed to start the Steamdome train back in 2016. With several of Norway's most influential musicians on board, the ball began to roll in earnest. The album quickly developed into the band Steamdome, and one of the most remarkable commercial breakthroughs for a Norwegian jazz musician became a matter of fact. Steamdome today consists of Ola Kvernberg, co-producer, drummer/ percussionist and long-time collaborator Erik Nylander (Monoswezi, Liarbird, Mechanical Fair), drummer Olaf Olsen (Bigbang, Fra Det Onde), percussionist Martin Windstad (Kurt Nilsen, Todd Terje), bassist and guitarist Nikolai Hængsle (Band of Gold, Bigbang, Møster), Øyvind Blomstrøm (Orions Belte, Odd Nordstoga) and Daniel Buner Formo (Trondheim Jazzorkester, Kobert.) Former Steamdome members include drummers extraordinaire Børge Fjordheim and Hans Hulbækmo.
Steamdome II: The Hypogean
Finally, the sequel is here. Where the debut album's dogma was pure-cultivated, organic, percussive music, The Hypogean delivers synths, drum machines, prepared piano, arps, pump organ and vocals. With a jazz musician's impatient DNA and a film composer's flair for concept and drama, recycling his work is never an option for Ola Kvernberg. On The Hypogean, musicians step out of their usual roles. On occasion, Ola replaces his fiddle with a drum machine and synth bass, bassist Nikolai Hængsle picks up the guitar and Daniel Formo leaves his Hammond organ to set the soundscape aflame with homemade noise machines.
«Steamdome II: The Hypogean» was recorded by Dag Erik Johansen and Kai Andersen in the legendary Athletic Studio, mixed in Duper Studio by Jørgen Træen and mastered by Morten Stendahl in Trondheim. Double 180g gatefold vinyl release by T-Time Vinyl Plant. Additional contributions: Kirsti Huke (vocals on "Diamondiferous") and Cenk Erdoğan (bonus track, exlusively available on vinyl and CD edition.)
The Hypogean is a subterranean journey with musical nods to Gustav Mahler, Fela Kuti, John
Williams, Luke Vibert, Kraftwerk, Caetano Veloso, yMusic, Billie Eilish and Squarepusher.