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Invisible Airships

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Smekermann
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Smekermann Amgala Temple sits at a transcendent crossroad between psych rock and Norwegian jazz, with an abundance of krautberry bushes on either side of the fork. The most prominent example of the krautrock influence is on the stunning The Eccentric, which features really cool off-kilter rhythms, and a vintage keyboard sound Kraftwerk would be proud of. On the psych rockier sound of things, there’s the absolutely infectious Avenue Amgala, which melds gorgeous Nordic guitar tones with 60s psych. Favorite track: Avenue Amgala.
Crinklechips
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Crinklechips This band seem to embody everything I love in music right now. Heavy riffs, melting psychedelia and jazz.

Really, an amazing band. Tight when they need to be and completely free the next. Wicked!

One of three albums I’ve just bought featuring the absolutely peerless drumming of Gard Nilssen. This guy is my drummer of the moment! Favorite track: Bosphorus.
psygenz
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psygenz Una atmósfera increíble. Atrapa como pocos. Un sonido muy peculiar. No me canso de escucharlo. Todas las piezas son magníficas.

Deseando que saquen otro LP Favorite track: Moon Palace.
Nick Gang
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Nick Gang For fans of Jaga Jazzist on a prog rock kick, it really doesn't get any better than this. Favorite track: Avenue Amgala.
Jeff Kortsch
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Jeff Kortsch This album has been on regular rotation in my car and at home. There is something soothing about it - it pushes all the right buttons for me. From its quiet passages to its stomping parts, the three musicians of Amgala Temple have moments of psych, space rock and jazz - all in the same song! There is something going on in Norway and I wish I was there to see the scene but at least I can enjoy the music from afar. Favorite track: Bosphorus.
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Amgala Temple is the sound of three musical forces combined. The result is an overwhelming clash of spontaneity and control, improvisation and clairvoyance - all meshed together in a quest to make something radiant.

The mix of Lars Horntveth, Amund Maarud and Gard Nilssen is a wish come true for music fans, as they each have made great impact as bandleaders, solo artists and musicians in an array of projects - be it with Jaga Jazzist, Susanne Sundfør, Todd Terje, Morudes, Bushman’s Revenge, a-ha or Gard Nilssen’s Acoustic Unity.

But Amgala Temple sounds little like the above. These musicians’ profound interest in old and new sounds, and their deep respect for each other, was essential in creating this space where they could create more freely - venturing into new sonic landscapes - letting whatever happens happen.

Lars Horntveth´s multi-instrumentalism - playing bass, synthesizers and more, Amund Maarud´s wild guitar abilities and Gard Nilssen’s impeccable freeform drumming makes for a breathtaking sound.

Their debut album was recorded at Oslo Konserthus and Amper Tone Studios, and was recorded in only a few days. As a document of their natural sound, the recordings remain untampered, resulting in a very honest display of their core sound.

This album is the first of a series of records that will be offered by Amgala Temple through Pekula Records, a record label set to document bold sounding, experimental and imaginative music from in and outside of Norway.

Amgala Temple is one of the most exciting musical projects to come out of this country in a long time, and we cannot wait to follow their rapid evolution as a band in the coming years.

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released November 2, 2018

Performers: Lars Horntveth, Amund Maarud, Gard Nilssen
Produced by: Amgala Temple

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Amgala Temple Oslo, Norway

An overwhelming clash of spontaneity and control - all meshed together in a quest to make something radiant.

The mix of Lars Horntveth, Amund Maarud and Gard Nilssen is a wish come true for music fans, as they each have made great impact in an array of projects - be it with Jaga Jazzist, Susanne Sundfør, Todd Terje, Morudes, Bushman’s Revenge, a-ha or Gard Nilssen’s Acoustic Unity.
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