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Whiteout [In the Country]

  • 1. From the Shore
    2. Kungen
    3. Doves Dance
    4. Ursa Major
    5. Dead Water
    6. W.A.R.M.
    7. Mother
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2086

  • Credits
    ProducerAndreas Mjos; Andreas Mjos; In The Country
    EngineerJanne Hansson; Andreas Mjos; Morten Qvenild

    In The Country: Morten Qvenild (piano); Roger Arntzen (bass); Pal Hausken (drums).
    In the Country: Morten Qvenild (vocals, grand piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, programming); Roger Arntzen (vocals, double bass, bass guitar); Pl Hausken (vocals, drums, percussion).
    Personnel: Andreas Mjos (guitar, guitars, violin, vibraphone, marimba, percussion, programming).
    Audio Mixers: Janne Jansson; Janne Hansson; Andreas Mjos; Morten Qvenild.
    Recording information: Atlantis Studio.
    Arrangers: Rune Grammofon ; Andreas Mjos.
    In the Country are a Norweigian rock-influenced piano trio similiar to the alt-jazz Bad Plus. While their third album, 2009's WHITEOUT, begins with "From The Shore," a dark piano piece that resembles Berg's Opus One piano sonata, as the album progresses, the trio moves much closer to Weather Report-like fusion stylings or even Emerson, Lake & Palmer extended prog rock. The production features a rich sonic palette throughout, with vibraphone (or its synth equivalent) bubbling inside the mix, but pianist and leader Morten Qvenild never lets things get too out of hand during its seven lengthy tracks (the shortest of which, "Kungen," is just under seven minutes). And for all his Euro avant-garde credentials (a member of Susanna and the Magical Orchestra), Qvenild can sound like a pop jazz instrumentalist such as Vince Guaraldi or even Nashville sessionman Floyd Kramer, albeit without the hooks. Mostly however, he plays like a self-controlled Keith Jarrett with a rock band (a good thing). For all its goth trappings--see the prettified skull on the cover--and ECM-like ambience, WHITEOUT is an extroverted if tasteful jazz-rock outing coming out of an increasingly fertile European scene.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.54) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The seven meditative pieces here unfold very slowly, each pretty phrase transmuting in minimalistic increments....Another bold step by In The Country toward a sound that's both instinctual and beautiful..."
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