Tusmørke – Underjordisk Tusmørke
2012 Termo Records
Taking a cue from British folk-rock of the late sixties/early seventies and elements of their own native Norway’s Scandinavian folk, Tusmørke recite the Jethro Tull & Fairport Convention stories with modern psychedelic romanticism. With this band comes the talking flute ala-Ian Anderson and rich, deep voiced harmonies, but not by any means an all out Tull clone, as their upbeat tunage endures with the fact the these guys are having fun, where the seriousness comes from a professional demeanor, as opposed to one of narcissism, where they throw the pretentiousness out the window.
As the vibe entails one of jumpy pop, never adhering to dreadful atmospheric overtures, the organic vibe is executed without the ‘safety net’ of a laptop computers that many bands fail to realize causes sonic sterility, yet the upbeat attitude throughout “Fimbul,” a more brood minded “A Young Man and His Woman,” and “Hostjevndogn,” for which the latter beholds the a fine alchemy of classic fold and modern prog, all behold a sense of originality and sensible organic jamming with sophisticated grip on the compositional approach. Three songs also find their way detached from the record’s initial six-tracks, following the same formulation, as the seventeen-minute plus, Mellotron driven “Ode on Dawn” serves as fodder to entice the conceptual appetite with the depth of musical emotion expressed.
Something different, but not completely off the wall, Underjordisk Tusmørke delivers with classy momentum and various characteristics that rear their head as the right moods apply when needed.