Building Instrument-Mangelen Min.

Label: Hubro Music 

Ten years ago, Building Instrument was formed in 2008, by Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Øyvind Hegg-Lunde and Åsmund Weltzien in Bergen, Norway, with a view to making electronic music. It wasn’t long before Building Instrument decided to change direction.

After a musical rethink, Building Instrument settled on a very different sound. This time, they decided to make acoustic music, which would allow Building Instrument to improvise and innovate. Having made the decision to change direction, Building Instrument began to practise, honing and shaping their new sound. Gradually, their own unique genre-melting sound began to take shape. 

It’s best described as genre-melting, with Building Instrument drawing inspiration from various musical genres and influences. Once they had honed their unique sound, Building Instrument began to play live

Each night Building Instrument took to the stage, they took the audience on a magical, musical, mystery tour. One minute Building Instrument’s music is understated, then the next it’s playful as  Building Instrument throw a curveball, and change direction. The next track is 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. Other times, glorious rhythms and melodic music assailed the audience, who were enthralled by veered between emotive and ethereal to compelling and dramatic. Other times, the music was adventurous, bold and always, innovative. However, that wasn’t surprising given Building Instrument’s multi-talented lineup.

Building Instrument’s vocalist is Mari Kvien Brunvoll, who also takes charge of an eclectic and interesting selection of instruments. This includes the zither, percussion, kazoo and sampler. Mari Kvien Brunvoll released her eponymous debut album in 2012. She has also worked with many artists during her carer. This includes her collaboration with Stein Urheim on their 2013 album Daydream Twin. It was nominated for a Spellemannprisen in the Open Category in 2013. However, Mari Kvien Brunvoll isn’t the only experienced musician in Building Instrument.

So is drummer and percussionist Øyvind Hegg-Lunde. He has been a member of several groups, i, including Crab Is Crap, the Erlend Apneseth Trio, Glow, Klangkameratane, Strings and Timpani and The Sweetest Trill. The final member of Building Instrument is Åsmund Weltzien, who plays synths, melodica and adds electronics and melodica. Together, the three multitalented members of Building Instrument proved a formidable force.

Having laboured long and hard to establish a reputation as a live band, Building Instrument was now familiar faces on Norway’s thriving and vibrant music scene. By then, Building Instrument’s concerts were receiving rave reviews. In the increasingly competitive Norwegian music scene, Building Instrument were regarded as rising stars. Their music was adventurous, inventive, innovative and totally unique. They had forged and honed their own style over the last few years. During this period, they’d worked away, quietly recording their eponymous debut albu

Building Instrument.

In March 2014, Building Instrument was released to critical acclaim. The music was beautiful, cinematic, ethereal, innovative and inventive album of genre-melting music, where Building Instrument push musical boundaries to their limits, and sometimes, beyond It was a captivating album, and one that sonically and stylistically, defied description.

Building Instrument combined elements of 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, was the ethereal beauty of Mari Kvien Brunvoll’s vocal. The result was an album where Building Instrument certainly fulfilled their potential, and in doing so, whetted the listener’s appetite for the followup.

Given it had taken Building Instrument six years to release their eponymous debut album, the question was how long would it take them to release their sophomore album? Building Instrument it turned out, took just over two years to record Kem Som Kan Å Leve, which by todays, standards, isn’t long. Kem Som Kan Å Leve is one of the most anticipated albums of 2016, and finds Building Instrument heading out on another magical musical mystery tour.

Kem Som Kan Å Leve.

Having released their eponymous debut album, Building Instrument’s thoughts turned to the followup. It took the best part of two years to complete what became Kem Som Kan Å Leve. The music was composed by Building Instrument, while vocalist Mari Kvien Brunvoll wrote the lyrics and is responsible for the melodies. However, the inspiration for some of Kem Som Kan Å Leve came from the artwork of Kurt Schwitters on yheoir .

Just like on their eponymous debut album, Building Instrument combine disparate musical genres. Elements of ambient, avant-garde, electronic, experimental, folk, indie pop, improv, industrial and jazz. It’s a captivating fusion of musical genres and influences. These influences include Kurt Schwitter a painter, but a collage artist, sound poet and installation artist.

On Kem Som Kan Å Leve, Building Instrument followed in the footsteps of Kurt Schwitter. Building Instrument: “go further in the direction of expanding or erasing the meaning of language, just as Schwitters did with his sound poetry.” This was an ambitious project, but the results were fascinating and captivating and features sonic explorers Building Instrument at their inventive and innovative best. Kem Som Kan Å Leve was Building Instrument’s musical Magnus Opus, and was an ambitious and adventurous, but also beautiful, dreamy, ethereal, hypnotic and melodic. This set the bar high for their third album Mangelen Min which will soon be released by Hubro Music.

Mangelen Min.

Having released two critically acclaimed albums, critics, cultural commentators and a coterie of music fans with a discerning musical taste wondered what direction Building Instrument’s music would head in? The answer was Mangelen Min, an album of truly groundbreaking music that is way ahead of the musical curve. 

The three members of Building Instrument have spent ten years improvising and experimenting together as they pushed musical boundaries to the limit and sometimes beyond Building Instrument are also well aware of the current trends and taste in modern music. Despite their interest in contemporary music, Building Instrument’s appeal ranges from  serious music fans to those who preference is for popular music. Both types of listener are drawn to, and strikes a chord with the new and innovative music that Building Instrument have been making for ten years. This includes on their new album Mangelen Min.

This time around, Building Instrument were joined by sound engineer and musician Anders Bjelland of Great News, Electric Eye, Jørgen Træen of The National Bank, Susanne Sundfør, Jaga Jazzist and Lars Horntveth. They all play their part in what’s an exquisite fusion of musical and influences.

Listen carefully to Mangelen Min and there’s elements Balkan music, classical baroque, electronica and Mari Kvien Brunvoll’s vocals which range from ethereal and celestial to assured and powerful. Add to the mix drums that have a melodic sound and deep spacey synth sounds. They sound as if they belong on the soundtrack to a feature film by Nicolas Winding Refn. All this is part of a truly captivating albums full of subtleties, and surprises and also nuances and changes  aplenty. Mangelen Min finds Building Instrument lock down the groove on a very danceable album with an intriguing title.

For those wondering what the album title Mangelen Min means, singer, co-composer and lyricist Mari Kvien Brunvoll explains that it translates into English as: “the thing missing in my life” or “my lack” Essentially Mangelen Min is the presence of something that is missing or no longer there, and is a akin to a body of sorrow that follows someone around. It’s also a bit like a companion creature that is made up of all the longing inside a person. Those separated by distance and lovers-in-waiting will understand this feeling of longing. Mari Kvien Brunvoll describes  Mangelen Min as: “your alien-like shadow friend.” It watched on as  Building Instrument recorded their third album.

Mangelen Min found Building Instrument embark upon a musical adventure, but one where there wasn’t a pre-defined destination in sight. Øyvind Hegg-Lunde remembers: “We were starting to get confident about what we’ve created as a band, and during the ten years we’ve been working together we’ve become close friends.“ his time, we went into the studio knowing that we had a team of talented people around us, who would all be working on the creative chaos together. Plus we were surrounded by a lot of equipment and a pretty big set-up.”

Despite Building Instrument’s expanded lineup,  they stick to the same successful formula that worked so well on their first two albums. This means fusing real-time playing on an eclectic selection of instruments, live sampling and electronic processing. All this is combined and becomes part of a musical mosaic that has been painstaking put together by Building Instrument. Mangelen Min is an ambitious and imaginative album made by groundbreaking musicians who create music that is innovative and inventive. In doing so, sonic explorers Building Instrument combine the past and present on Mangelen Min.

While many bands prefer to work in the digital domain, Building Instrument used analogue technology more than digital on Mangelen Min. It’s a combination of Man Machine. There’s also  DIY ethos on parts of Mangelen Min, although state of the art technology is used elsewhere on an album where layer upon layer of instruments are combined and intertwine. Mari Kvien Brunvoll remembers:  “We employed everything from Hardanger fiddle samples, vibraphone, sampled wind instruments and whistles in addition to our customary resources of song, drums and synthesisers.” The final piece of the jigsaw was Mari Kvien Brunvoll’s versatile vocal which spans several octavse. It’s part of a genre-melting album from sonic explorers Building Instrument who return with a fitting followup to Kem Som Kan Å Leve. 

Mangelen Min is another ambitious project from Building Instrument, and the results are both fascinating and captivating. The Norwegian sonic explorers are at their inventive and innovative best on Mangelen Min as they push musical boundaries to their limit and sometimes beyond. This resulted in Mangelen Min, an album of truly groundbreaking music that is way ahead of the musical curve, which is what critics and cultural commentators have come to expect of Building Instrument during the last ten years.

Building Instrument-Mangelen Min.

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