Sivert Høyem - Innovations ( Long Slow Distance, 2011)





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Published on Mar 13, 2012

The 4th studio release from Sivert Høyem is titled" Long Slow Distance". The album, scheduled for release on 16th September, is the most experimental body of work from Høyem to date.

- This album is probably more representative of me as a person than anything I've ever done before.

Long Slow Distance marks a new chapter in the musical evolution of Sivert Høyem.
- My solo material has previously been more inspired by folk music and Americana, whereas the Madrugada sound was bigger and more melodramatic. This time I wanted to stake out a new direction for myself, and this album is the most experimental work I've done to date, Høyem explains.

Sivert and his long time guitarist Cato Salsa -- who have been working together closely from start to finish on the new album -- have been inspired by several new directions, such as 90's black metal, industrial noise, krautrock and French pop. The presence of synths on nearly all of the tracks is also something new.

- Cato has been approaching my musical universe, while expanding it and contributing with elements from his side as well. The new material reflects those experiences we have acquired on the road, and the music we have been enjoying the most to play whilst being out there. In hindsight, I see that it's darker, more dynamic and dramatic. My next move always seems to be a reaction of what I've done previously, Høyem says.

Long Slow Distance may be described as a Norwegian album in all senses, and Høyem likes to think of it as an "Oslo-album". In addition to his band (Cato Salsa, Christer Knutsen, Rune Nikolaisen, Børge Fjordheim), the album also features contributions from co-producer Bjarne Stensli, Anne Lise Frøkedal (Harrys Gym) and Ådne Meisfjord (120 Days).

- First of all, the entire album has been done in Norway, and I've mostly been working at Harrys Gym's studio in Oslo. Even though I sing in English on the album, I do feel that the album has a Norwegian identity. Secondly, I perceive the album to have a desolate, arctic vibe in addition to a mood that might be described as both urban and nature-mystic at the same time. In other words, I find it to be music that suits pulsating cities and timeless country sides evenly. , Further, the album has a rich and powerful expression, Høyem further explains.

The only non-Norwegian contributor on Long Slow Distance is an artist that Høyem regards highly personally -- Renate Knaup from the legendary German rock band Amon Düül II.

- Having Renate on the album means a lot to me. There aren't many guests on this album, however those who have contributed plays an important and integral part of the puzzle.


I was waiting for somebody
I thought that she could not be you
But something was talking to me
Turned me onto something new

I give my heart to Lady Midnight
Soon enough I'm in her sway
But the world is cold and lonely
It needs each of us
It grabs hold of us

No, no, waiting by the roadside, no
No, no, waiting by the roadside, no
No, no, waiting by the roadside, no
Sure is not the only way to go

But all those wretched cold inventions
Brought about by mindless men
Mindless men with false intentions
I hope that I'm not one of them

We make our way into the light
Where something has us in it's sway
(Innovations on the way)
For the world is cold and lonely
(Innovations on the way)
It needs each of us
It grabs hold of us

The modern age is just a rumor
Please do not lose your sense of humor
It will carry us, it will carry us

Sivert: Vocals, Spanish guitar, backing vocals.
Cato: Synthesizer.
Børge: Drums, glockenspiel, backing vocals.
Rudi: Bass guitar.
Christer: Piano



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