Oddarrang

Agartha

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Cover photo by Niklas Sandström ; Graphic design by Matti Kunttu / TSTO

Album information

PerformerOddarrang
Released2016
Players
LabelEdition Records
Producer

Executive producer: Dave Stapleton
Recorded, mixed and mastered 3-5/2016 by Jyri Sariola at Mimix Studio
Produced by Olavi Louhivuori, 1 co-produced by Lasse Lindgren, 4 co-produced by Osmo Ikonen

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Biography

Agartha is the fourth studio album by Finnish quintet Oddarrang and their second for UK label Edition Records. Taking its name from the legendary world that is said to reside in the Earth's core, Agartha is raw, full of life and profound; beautiful, elevating and primal. 

Finnish quintet Oddarrang has established itself as a band with an undeniably unique sound – blending monumental riffs and dynamic builds with heart-wrenching, anthemic melodies that soar over a compelling and absorbing rhythmical drive. ‘Agartha’ pushes that emotion and potency to new levels with earworm melodies you’re sure you’ve heard before and driving rhythms sent pulsing through your veins. 

Led by eclectic musician and spiritual drummer, Olavi Louhivuori, Oddarrang has produced a bold and imposing statement that without doubt will take it to the brink of international exposure. 

Brave in conception and epic in execution, this music wells from the same melancholic Nordic spring that feeds the likes of Sigur Rós & Supersilent, adding the folky, post-rock influences of Mogwai and the electronic sound sculptures of Boards of Canada. 

As Olavi explains: ‘Agartha has taken on a new energy for us. The writing and recording process was so rewarding and inspiring for us all. We’re very happy with the new music. For the band, the music is special, it’s part of all of us and brings together our own personal tastes and vision for the music. Now, we can’t wait for ou fans and new fans to hear it’. 

Clocking in just shy of 40 minutes, the five-track album ‘Agartha’ takes its name from the legendary world that is said to reside in the Earth's core. With a unique blend of cello and trombone, soaring vocals and electronic soundscapes fusing with the magma intensity of guitar, bass and drums, this is music that achieves profound beauty: elevating and primal.
 

Olavi Louhivuori: drums, synths, voice 
Ilmari Pohjola: trombone, synths, voice 
Lasse Sakara:guitars, voice 
Lasse Lindgren: bass, synths, voice 
Osmo Ikonen: cello, synths, voice 

Aino Peltomaa: vocals on Aletheia 

Tracklist

  1. AletheiaLasse Lindgren
  2. Central SunOlavi Louhivuori
  3. Mass I-III Olavi Louhivuori
  4. Admiral Byrd’s FlightOsmo Ikonen
  5. Telos / Agartha Olavi Louhivuori