|The White Birch|
|The Weight of Spring|
The White Birch — The Weight of Spring ⇑ ⇑ Earth, as it awakes. Warmth. „I was blind, now I can see“, „no more darkened doors“. And as it elapses. Pain. „As the morning dew fell as rain“. The White Birch became Ola Flottum. „A lot of freedom, not always so easy to cope with, since you have to argue with yourself.“
Location: Oslo, Norway
Album release: March 31, 2015
Record Label: Glitterhouse
01 New York 5:19
02 The Fall 5:27
03 Solid Dirt 4:38
04 Lamentation 4:02
05 Winter Bride 5:56
06 The Weight of Spring 6:03
07 The Hours 4:32
08 Lantern 5:11
09 Love, Lay Me Blind 3:06
10 Lay Me by the Shore 4:59
11 Mother 5:11
12 Spring 6:51
℗ 2015 Glitterhouse Records
♦ Susanna Karolina Wallumrød
♦ Ellen Dorrit Petersen
♦ In August 2006, Norwegian band The White Birch played what seemed at the time to be their final show, and broke up after ten years and four albums together. The band survived, though, in the heart and mind of Ola Fløttum, who refused to forsake the band. He began composing music for films, learning bit by bit how to accompany pictures with his music. He describes his time since the band’s break–up: “It has taken nine years, many songs have been thrown out the window before I eventually found my 12 chosen ones. During these years I’ve lost my mother, started a family, raised two kids, and bought a house in Oslo were I’ve recorded most of the album in the basement.”
♦ The resultant music takes the form of sometimes almost unnoticeable tones and soundscape.
♦ Besides that, Ola Fløttum started composing music for films, learned bit by bit how to accompany pictures with his music, and spent further on most of time by writing film scores. „It has taken 9 years, many songs have been thrown out the window before I eventually found my 12 chosen ones. During these years I've lost my mother, started a family, raised two kids, and bought a house in Oslo were I've recorded most of the album in the basement. “, he says. And so he turned all that what life gave and took from him into music, sometimes almost unnoticeable tones and soundscapes.
♦ The Weight Of Spring. The world as we see it. A long road. In the end Darkness will prevail. „Once I was just a boy with the urge to destroy. I did not read these newborn sparks through the wilting trees, I could only see the dark as it came.”
♦ Earth, as it awakes. Warmth. „I was blind, now I can see“, „no more darkened doors“. And as it elapses. Pain. „As the morning dew fell as rain“. The White Birch became Ola Fløttum. „A lot of freedom, not always so easy to cope with, since you have to argue with yourself.“
♦ Ola Fløttum recorded alongside the classically trained composer Ole Henrik Moe on violin, viola, and singing saw, with rhythm from Norwegian Academy of Music graduate Pal Hausken and Moren Barrikmo — both members of Susanna Karolina Wallumrød’s Magical Orchestra (Wallumrød herself contributes vocals on “The Hours”). The album also features Ingrid Olava, Ingar Hunskaar (Kings of Convenience, St. Thomas, Serena–Maneesh, Jaga Jazzist), and Flottum’s wife, the actress Ellen Dorrit Petersen. Grammy–winning mastering engineer Bob Katz put the final touches on The Weight of Spring.
♦ On Fløttums side appears the classic educated composer Ole–Henrik Moe playing the violine, the viola and the singing saw. Beside him there's Pal Hausken a Norwegian Academy of music graduate (rhythm section) and Moren Barrikmo who’s like Hausken a member of Susanna Karolina Wallumrød‘s (vocals on „The Hours“) Magical Orchestra. The next artists to participate in The Weight Of Spring are Ingrid Olava and actress and Ola Fløttums dear wife Ellen Dorrit Petersen as well as Ingar Hunskaar who's known for his work with artists like Kings Of Convenience, ST. Thomas, Serena Maneesh and Jaga Jagazzist fine. Last but not least Grammy winning mastering engineer Bob Katz, putting the final touches on „The Weight Of Spring“.
♦ Will we remember this album in the distant future? And if so how? Names? Instruments? Its origin? The places it took us to? The White Birch: The Weight of Spring: Love, as it awakes. “Love will never change the morning sun, love will never change the way the darkness runs.” :: http://www.forcedexposure.com/
♦ "Self~Portrayal" (1996, limited edition of 300 copies on vinyl)
♦ "Left Hand EP" (1997, a limited edition EP of 200 copies)
♦ "People Now Human Beings" (1998)
♦ "Star Is Just A Sun" (2002)
♦ "Come Up For Air" (2005)
♦ "The Weight Of Spring" (2015)
|The White Birch|
|The Weight of Spring|
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