Label: Nakama Records
大推薦！！あの仏教経典及び聖歌の資料に基づいて作曲した3CD大作[New Rituals]の発案者にしてNakama Recordsの中心人物であるノルウェーの音楽家Christian Meaas Svendsenのソロ名義作。本国の伝統的なSSWスタイルを型破りな方法で構築したとの解説通り、初期アメリカの現代音楽、北欧の即興、さまざまな種類の民謡からのインスピレーションが一緒くたとなった非常にユニークなアヴァンポップ&コンテンポラリージャズ集。このレーベルならではの実験&心地良いポップさが全開となった激オススメの一枚。
Avin is the solo project of musician Christian Meaas Svendsen. The album consists of Norwegian lyrics in a traditional singer/songwriter-style wrapped in a somewhat challenging and unconventional format. The music is arranged for an 8-piece band consisting of some of Norway’s finest musicians.
Avin is a Kurdish maiden name meaning love. Avin is also the name of Svendsen’s girlfriend. The central theme on the album is their unfinished love, and the texts and the music describe Svendsen’s feelings and reflections in the turbulent phases of the relationship. Loss, anger and despair are repeating themes, but amidst it all there is hope and a strange kind of underlying positivism. The music is inspired from early American contemporary music, modern nordic improvised music and different types folk songs. The result is a more meek version of the modern contemporary music, a slightly more strict version of improvised music and jazz, and a somewhat detached way of presenting conventional singer/songwriter material. It is creative music with some healthy resistance presented in an earnest, convincing and personal way.
Christian Meaas Svendsen is normally playing bass, leading his own projects or functioning as a sideman in countless other creative projects. But on this recording he is singing his own lyrics and playing the guitar himself.