BUILDING INSTRUMENT-BUILDING INSTRUMENT.

BUILDING INSTRUMENT-BUILDING INSTRUMENT.

Although Building Instrument formed in 2008, it’s taken them six years to release their eponymous debut album. Building Instrument, which was recently released on Hubro Music was recorded over a period of several years. During that time, Building Instrument’s trademark sound evolved. 

Originally, when Building Instrument formed, they decided to make electronic music. That was their raison d’être…briefly. Before long, Building Instrument, turned their back on electronic music. They settled on a sound that was acoustic, and allowed Building Instrument to improvise and innovate. It’s a sound that’s best described as genre defying and uniquely Building Instrument. No wonder.

Much of Building Instrument’s music is improvised. Building Instrument, you see, aren’t averse to throwing a curveball. One minute the music is understated, then the next it’s playful. The next track can be totally different, with Building Instrument losing their earlier self restraint, becoming bold as they kick out the jams. As a result, Building Instrument’s music is always innovative, inventive and interesting. That’s not all.

Building Instrument take you on a magical, musical mystery tour on their eponymous debut album.  During Building Instrument’s seven tracks, glorious rhythms assail you. Other times, the music is melodic, before becoming adventurous and innovative, as Building Instrument improvise. Genres melt into one, on music that emotive, dramatic, ethereal and compelling. That’s not surprising, given the Building Instrument’s lineup.

Adventurous, bold, innovative and talented describes the three members of Building Instrument. Mari Kvien Brunvoll is the vocalist and takes charge of an eclectic and interesting selection of instruments. This includes the zither, percussion, kazoo and sampler. Øyvind Hegg-Lunde plays drums and percussion. He plays in two other bands that has recently released albums with the Big Almost and Crab is Crap, which features Ståle Storløkken. The final member of Building Instrument is Åsmund Weltzien, who takes charge of synths, electronics and melodica. Åsmund Weltzien plays with Thea Næss. The three members of Building Instrument recorded their eponymous debut album over a period of years, whilst juggling their other musical commitments.

In vocalist Mari Kvien Brunvoll’s case, this includes releasing two albums. She released her eponymous debut album in 2012. It was released on the Jazzland label, and was nominated for a Spellemannspris, which is a Norwegian Grammy, in the open category. So was Mari’s collaboration with Stein Urheim.

Mari’s next album, was  Daydream Twin, a collaboration with  Stein Urheim. It was released on 2013, on Hubro Music. Just like her debut album, Daydream Twin was released to widespread critical acclaim. Daydream Twin was also nominated for a Spellemannspris, in the open category. Meanwhile, Mari was being hailed as one of the rising stars of the Nordic music scene. So were Building Instrument.

Whilst Building Instrument had yet to release an album, they were receiving rave reviews. In the increasingly vibrant Norwegian music scene, Building Instrument were establishing a name for a an adventurous, inventive and innovative group. They’d forged and honed their own style over the last few years. During this period, they’d worked away at their eponymous debut album. 

On Building Instrument. Mari Kvien Brunvoll sings the vocals in Norwegian, using the local Molde dialect. She also plays zither, percussion, kazoo and sampler. Øyvind Hegg-Lunde plays drums and percussion and Åsmund Weltzien synths, electronics and melodica. This disparate and eclectic selection of instruments played their part in Building Instrument’s long awaited eponymous debut album.

Eventually, Building Instrument’s eponymous debut album was ready to be released on Hubro Music. It featured seven songs which the band had written. Mari, Øyvind and Åsmun had worked hard on Building Instrument. Over a period of years, Building Instrument had honed what was their own unique sound. It’s best described as genre defying, and is showcased on Building Instrument, their eponymous debut album, which I’ll tell you about.

Historia opens Building Instrument. The arrangement bursts into life, with genres melting into one. Avant-garde, electronica, folk, jazz and rock combine. As a melodica plays, drums provide the heartbeat. Scrabbling  percussion gallop along, giving way to the tender, ethereal beauty of Mari’s scatted vocal. When her vocal drops out, a disparate selection of instruments enter. There’s a zither, melodica and percussion. Then when Mari’s vocal returns, the zither and melodica accompany her tender scat. They all play their part in this beautiful, ethereal track.

Washes of synths and bells give Alt E Bra a dreamy, ambient sound. Mari adds cooing, ethereal vocals. Her vocal has a similar dreamy quality. In the distance, a drum beats. It pulsates, while Building Instrument become like a modern day Penguin Cafe Orchestra. An eclectic selection of instruments ensure the arrangement floats along. Sometimes, there’s a nod to sixties French film soundtracks. Later, Mari’s vocal grows in power, cascading above the captivating, dreamy, genre-melting arrangement.

Kanskje has an understated sound. Just a subtle drum and melodica accompany Mari’s tender, whispery vocal. Space is left within the cinematic arrangement, allowing it to breath. It meanders hypnotically along. Gradually however, the drama builds and wistful, thoughtful, cinematic sound unfolds. This takes over seven minutes, where Building Instrument provide the soundtrack to a film that’s yet to be made.

Bli Med is another lengthy track, lasting nearly eight minutes. This is no bad thing. It allows Building Instrument to stretch their legs, and take the music in unexpected directions. Drums drive the arrangement along, before washes of organ add an atmospheric hue. They’re the perfect accompaniment to Mari’s vocal. It’s delivered with a mixture of urgency and emotion. Her vocal rises and fall, reverberating into the distance. As she scats, drums and an organ play. Mari also adds subtle harmonies. They flit in and out, making a brief and welcome appearance. Dramatic, ethereal, haunting and moody, it’s a captivating soundscape which showcases Building Instrument at their inventive best.

Washes of jagged, ethereal synths accompany Mari on Klokka Sju. She delivers a heartfelt, urgent vocal. It soars above the arrangement as Mari improvises. By then, a myriad of percussion and drums provide the backdrop to Mari’s vocal. Her urgent, scatted vocal takes the song on a series of twists and turns. The rest of Building Instrument take their lead from Mari, improvising. A bobbing Hammond organ and rhythm section combine as Mari delivers a vocal that’s reminiscent of a jazz-tinged Kate Bush. She embarks upon a dramatic, scatted vamp accompanied by an orchestral wash of innovative music.

Thoughtfully, and pensively, washes of wistful music play as Mellomtida decides to share its beauty and secrets. Each note is played with the utmost care. However, there’s an inherent sadness and beauty to the music. That’s not all. Pensive, thoughtful and reflective also describes Mellomtida. It’s all these things and more.

Språk closes the long awaited eponymous debut from Building Instrument. Drums pound ominously and mesmerically. Meanwhile, a sprinkling of percussion provides a subtle accompaniment. Soon, a zither plays, providing another contrast. It adds a sense of melancholia. Then out of nowhere, the arrangement changes, becoming upbeat, joyous and melodic. Hooks haven’t been spared, as Building Instrument sweep you along. The finishing touch is Mari’s ethereal, scatted vocal. It sits above the arrangement as the rest of Building Instrument drive the arrangement along, ensuring Building Instrument ends on a glorious high.

Building Instrument, Building Instrument’s eponymous debut album, which was recently released on Hubro Music has been well worth the wait. It’s taken several years to record. No wonder. During that period, Building Instrument have been finding and honing their sound. This takes time, time and patience. However, Building Instrument’s patience has been rewarded.

During the last six years, Building Instrument’s music has evolved and taken shape. They’ve come a long way from their early days, when they decided to make electronic music. That was their raison d’être…briefly. Then, Building Instrument, turned their back on electronic music. They settled on a sound that was acoustic, and allowed Building Instrument to improvise and innovate. It’s a sound that’s best described as genre defying and uniquely Building Instrument. No wonder.

Much of Building Instrument’s music is improvised. Building Instrument, you see, aren’t averse to throwing a curveball. One minute the music is understated, then the next it’s playful. The next track can be totally different, with Building Instrument losing their earlier self restraint, becoming bold as they kick loose. As a result, Building Instrument’s music is always innovative, inventive and interesting.

On Building Instrument, Building Instrument’s sound is best described as genre-melting. It defies description. Everything from ambient, avant-garde, electronica, experimental, folk, free jazz, pop, and rock. There’s even a nod to sixties soundtracks and jazz. At the heart of Building Instrument’s sound, is the ethereal beauty of Mari Kvien Brunvoll’s vocal. However, Building Instrument isn’t a one woman band.

Far from it. Øyvind Hegg-Lunde and Åsmund Weltzien play important parts in Building Instrument’s sound and success. This sound has evolved,and taken shape over the last six years. During that period, Building Instrument’s reputation has been in the ascendancy. Great things have been forecast of Building Instrument. Now Building Instrument’s potential has been fulfilled on their eponymous debut album which has been a long time coming. 

At last, the wait is over. Hubro Music recently released Building Instrument’s eponymous debut album. They’ve fulfilled their potential. Their eponymous debut album was released to widespread critical acclaim. That’s not all. Building Instrument is best described as a beautiful, cinematic, ethereal, innovative and inventive album of genre-melting music, where Building Instrument push musical boundaries to their limits, and sometimes, beyond.

BUILDING INSTRUMENT-BUILDING INSTRUMENT.

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