"Enchanting simplicity...I really believe him when he sings" - Acoustic Magazine
"One of the few albums which warrants the listener to hanging onto the artist's every single word..without exception i found every song totally engrossing...Viesselman is an incisive writer who uses dazzling imagery...there are so many highlights it almost seems unfair to spotlight just one" - Maverick Magazine
"A minimalistic soul-folk masterpiece" - Klassekampen
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KREG VIESSELMAN - TO THE MOUNTAIN
"Just bring whatever notebook you've been carrying lately, and your guitar. I am sure that will do."
So said producer Bjarne Stensli on the telephone six months after Kreg Viesselman released If You Lose Your Light (COLUMBIA/SONY 2012). When Viesselman arrived at the studio a few days later and claimed that he didn't know what he had to record, Stensli replied, "Just sit down, open your note book, and start playing.”
Within the first hour of that first session, Kreg had four songs that became the nucleus of his next full album, TO THE MOUNTAIN. These songs - "Crazy Horse", "David", "Garland," and "The Inefficiency Waltz" - formed the demos that would bring on board legendary Norwegian musician/producer Kjartan Kristiansen (Dum Dum Boys, Jonas Alaska, Stein Torleif Bjella) to finalize the collection over the next three years.
TO THE MOUNTAIN is more varied than Viesselman’s previous albums. The instrumentation and idiom is much broader, and for the first time in his career, Kreg can be heard on piano. This collection of music is far more upbeat and up-tempo than his earlier records. Yet it maintains an ethereal atmosphere throughout, bearing witness to the influence of the Scandinavian and British landscapes where the songs were created. The first full rough draft of the record was created in the summer of 2013. Viesselman invited his band out to spend a week at his cabin in the forest in Norway, where they sketched out the album. The songs were fine-tuned live as the band toured England in late 2014.
TO THE MOUNTAIN features musical contributions from Anne Lise Frøkedal, Sondre Meisfjord, Øystein Hvamen Rasmussen, Ingrid Berge (all members of Kreg's live band), as well as producers Bård Ingbrightsen and Kjartan Kristiansen. Mari Person plays the string arrangement on the title track, while Hot House Flowers' Peter O Toole Bouzouki's bouzouki is featured on "Our Sun Rose."
2016 will be an exciting year fans as Kreg kicks off his world tour in Italy in January 2016.
After the release of his critically acclaimed album "The Pull", Kreg retreated from touring and recording for four years, during that time relocating permanently in Europe. Then in 2012 his latest record, "If You Lose Your Light" was released by Columbia/Sony Norway.
As before, it is his tremendous voice that first commands the listener's attention, with his new material and backing band helping to showcase a greater focus on more colorful melodies and a warmer delivery.
To experience his live show is to take in not only a master of delivery at work, but to be invited into an intimate and brightly lit space where you are constantly surprised by the subtle detail in his work, painted in earthen tones, but revealing great contrasts.
It's nakedness yet striking completeness have you transfixed from the moment he opens his mouth - "a soul-deep session of primal therapy", as Mike Butler of "Dyverse Music" described it.
It has been called "soul" and "folk", for want of better terms, but "spirit music indeed", as the aforementioned journalist described it, perhaps hits nearer the mark. But whatever one calls it, hearing Kreg Viesselman sing is an intense experience. He deals with humanity in its basic and most instinctive forms, in a style that belies a deep human intelligence and wry wit. His is a narrative voice, at once both brutal and touching, which deserves its place in the canon of great American songwriters.
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