I totally fell in love with these guys' work so I had to grab the rest of the back catalogue as well as the new one. As always, infectious melodious, intriguing mix of styles, calmer moods and raucuous workouts. Great!
Favorite track: Akrobad, part 2.
Some of the material that ended up on Akrobakkus had been played live during the tours in 2004-05 and in January 2006 we started intensive rehearsals for the recording with new material. The rehearsals ended with a nearly sold out concert at Copenhagen Jazzhouse in Febrary, where some new tunes was presented live for the first time: Akrobad part I & part II, Kantate Mutagenia, Andante Mobile and Østrogenmanipuleret Basilisk.
The basic tracks was recorded by John Fomsgaard in Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, a big and ambient studio perfect for the ambient acoustic sound we wanted. After one week of recording we continued in John’s studio at Vibevej. Here the epic parts by the gypsy cimbalon-virtuoso George Mihalache and cult-actor Zlatko Buric were made, as well as the horn quartet and some additional mandolins, violins and the choir parts with lyrics by the finnish poet Timo Haapaniemi – a dystopic multilinguistic delirium.
The album features a microcosmic and spacy hidden track which was made with a tapemachine on one of the last days before mastering. The artwork was made by Jakob Bendix, who also was the creative force behind the fantastic acrobatic pictures on the front and inside the cover. Akrobakkus was released April 16th 2006 on a great party at Musikcaféen, Copenhagen. At this party it was announced that Andrzej will stop in the band and the famous guitarplayer Aske Jacoby will take over the bass. As this was the last concert with Afenginn, Andrzej got a 20 liter bottle of Jägermeister to keep warm on.
Akrobakkus was nominated for a Danish Music Award in the categories “Album of the year” and “Artist of the year - contemporary” and also reached the World Music Charts in 2006
released April 12, 2006
Kim Nyberg: mandolin, mandocello, harmonium, trash, choir
Rasmus Krøyer: clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, choir
Niels Skovmand: violin, viola, choir
Andrzej Krejniuk: bass
Rune Kofoed: drums, trash, choir
Zlatko Buric: voice
John Fomsgaard: vocal aaah’s
George Mihalache: cimbalon
Stig Mærsk: cornet, choir
Ole Reimer Algreen: flugelhorn, trumpet, choir
Jakob Munch: tenor horn, choir
Øjvind Slaatto: tuba, choir
Aske Jacoby: kontraslide
All music written by: Kim Nyberg
Timo Haapaniemi: lyrics
One of the leading voices of Scandinavian neo-folk, known for his ambitious orchestrated works. What defines this artist are
his seemingly mercurial creative impulses, as each of the 6 full-length albums have been clear departures from the last. For the same reasons that Radiohead is sometimes labeled as prog, Afenginn can also be put into this camp for the way the emotional arc is designed...more