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MIMEDYR consists of bassist and vocalist Kjetil Lund, guitarist Espen Christiansen, keyboardist Gunnar Myhre (me) and drummer Brynjar Nilsen Lid. In the Agder region of Southern Norway, there was a thriving music scene around 2009, with young people forming interesting bands. Espen and Gunnar were playing in one such band, Digression, when they met Kjetil, who at the time played bass and sung in a band called Echo of Silence. The three of them started to meet and improvise together often, and around 2011 they were recording two of Kjetil's songs, both 10+ minutes prog/prog metal songs in a professional studio (they were not released).

In 2012 Kjetil met Brynjar, and that's when we started to make real plans for making an album. The 26 minutes long title track on Mínym was largely composed in this period from 2012-14, and was recorded in summer 2014. There's also a demo with many themes from Mínym named Høstcollage, published on Soundcloud ( The A-side of the album was composed during the next year, and in summer 2015 we recorded it. All these recordings were made in the studio of our mutual friend Eirik Sten Syrdalen in Grimstad. Eirik also has his own project Frukt, in which several members of Mimedyr is involved.

The group's songs are often developed for years before they are recorded. In this way, themes or riffs are developed that make recurrent appearance in improvisations or as changing leitmotifs in the finished music. This also means that categories of themes or compositions form long before they are developed for recording, and thus many future projects may be made from this material. Their next album Lokarsteg is in the final stage of recording, having been started in 2016.

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Mimedyr Eclectic Prog

Review by Tapfret
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5 stars Be forewarned, this is an album on which I am about to slather with an awkward amount of praise. I will however not be giving any regard for the bands skill at self-promotion. To be fair, in today's age where artists/bands are more and more required to do-it-yourself on virtually all aspects of album release, many lack the art of marketing. It is unclear whether that it is the product of hubris, apathy, or lack of experience and foresight. What is clear is that some of the best progressive music in the world is virtually invisible until months, or even years after its release. In the age of communication it seems inexcusable. And so it is with Mimedyr's debut album, Mínym; released in January of 2019, it remained unmentioned around progarchives until the year was almost over. Remarkable and unfortunate considering this turned out to be one of the true gems of the year that deserved considerably more exposure in the prog world than it received. The work and considerable time that went into the album should be duly compensated.
Enough scolding
Mimedyr, is a young quartet from the southern Norway county of Agder consisting of Kjetil Lund on bass and guitar, Espen Christiansen on guitar, Gunnar Myhre on keyboards, and Brynjar Nilsen Lid on drums. Lund and Myhre split vocal duties, although which provides lead is not entirely clear at the time of this writing. Another aspect that is not entirely clear is the actual release date as it appears the recording for Mínym took place in 2015, four years prior to the release. The music behind Mínym has apparently been written and perfected over many years, in particular the basis for the 26 minute epic title track going back as far as 2012. The attention to detail shows in the layers of passages that are delivered with both clarity and the swagger of familiarity by the performers. It is music that is well produced, but not over produced. At 53:28, Mínym is digestible and complete
The first of the album's four tracks starts with a very soft intro (aptly named Intro) of aerie arpeggios that blends into the 2nd track with a spacey ambient section using the familiar ring Rhodes and background atonal soundscapes. As the album progresses it is evident that the band as willing to veer into these avant-garde a realms. Those sensitive to such things should not despair, Mimedyr are masters of resolution and will never leave you hanging. There are many passages in the album that have a feeling of familiarity but never completely derivative. Ela, the album's second track has a distorted bass passage that has the sinews of Wetton-era King Crimson. The main chord sequence of what is in my mind the finest track on the album, Mindlemjar, builds on immediate intensity of a rivers raging rapids, heavy, but not metal; that empty into a gentle pool acoustic guitar and flute. Transitions like this permeate the album seamlessly in a way that leads the listener on a journey that is interesting and diverse, without creating any confusion about where you are in the composition. All of the songs outside of the intro are circular and complete. Prog in the spirit of the long-epic roots with none of the floundering. And the compositions are well complimented by the vocals. As one who very frequently steers toward instrumental artists due being turned off by the current conventions in modern prog vocals, it is so pleasant to be surprised by such an outstanding performance that lives in the mix and conveys themes without being an unnecessarily cliché distraction (yes, I'm looking at you growlers and wailers). It is truly indicative of how truly tasteful the overall instrumental mix is, considering how dynamic the compositions are.
Mínym has a little bit of something for everybody and is one of the true gems of 21st century prog. A highly recommended listen that encompasses a plethora of sub-styles in the progressive rock paradigm. 5 stars and hopes for a second album (with a little more marketing, at least start a mailing list) in the near future.

Thanks to nogbad_the_bad for the artist addition.

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