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KIRUNA is a Norwegian trio consisting of Kåre Chr. Vestrheim (Rhodes, organ), Erland Dahlen (drums, percussion) and Thomas Tofte (bass, micromoog).

In 2003 these three accomplished musicians met up in a barn deep in the woods near Sarpsborg, and recorded a vast amount of free improvisational material. They decided to isse the best parts as an album, named Iruna.

Their particular brand of improvisational music; with references to artists as diverse as Black Sabbath, Miles Davis, John Cage and Stockhausen; was and still is hard to categorize; but the innovative approach saw to it that they were noticed after this initial production.

Four years would go before a sophomore effort saw the light of day. The three musicians were kept busy with other projects after 2003, but managed to take the time to hook up in recording studios from time to time; and when it was time to put together a new album they had lots of material to choose from; this time around also with the participation of guest musicians like Rolf Yngve Uggen (Gluecifer), Hallvard Wennersberg Hagen and Jens Petter Nilsen (Xploding Plastix).

The end result was issued as Tarasarus in 2007; a diverse production covering a plethora of rather different musical directions, more or less within the same musical framework as their debut album.

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 Irun by KIRUNA album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.09 | 3 ratings

Kiruna Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

3 stars I remember when I bought this CD back in 2005. I was in a cheap record shop and I saw it for around $3. I saw the cover, saw only 7 songs and thought to myself: Prog. So I bought it.

It turned out that Kiruna was a band from Norway and Irun (2003) was their first album released 2 years earlier.

I got home and put it to play and it turned out that the album wasn't quite what I expected. This is instrumental Space Rock kind of Prog with many improvisations (in a Jazz Fusion fashion) and without any guitars. Their music is based on the keyboards and the tight bass/drums duo. I can`t say it`s a bad album, cause it isn`t, but this is the kind of music that never found a home in me. And I`m pretty sure it`ll never find anyway.

The band is still active releasing albums each 4/5 years, but it`s quite impossible to find any decent amount of info about them (vide the low ratings and reviews about the band here).

Anyway, if you like this kind of music and find them around, go for it!

 Tarasarus by KIRUNA album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.10 | 2 ratings

Kiruna Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

3 stars Irritating and fascinating! This is the second album of this Norwegian band - really hard to catch ... It is said Thomas Tofte, Erland Dahlen and Kåre Vestrheim went into the studio without any set plan and developed the musical ideas through free improvisation. With the help of some guests 'Tarasarus' holds instrumental jamming sounds like coming from another planet. The studio line-up is presenting a gloomy avantgarde styled bouquet with spacey, industrial krautrock, fusion and heavy crushing elements. Lush and playful electronics are substituting electric guitars. The sound mix has turned out in a luxuriant manner.

The opener Preglow appears like a warmup - a mixture of electronic sounds with a spacey background. KIRUNA is gliding into April 19 then - a song which reminds me of Terje Rypdal first, escalating more and more with drums, organ and bass inspiring each other. Belonging to my favourites Black Widow follows with a fusion inspired groove and wonderful Rhodes add-ons. On Raldo's Autostrada the band is supported by guest guitarist Rolf Yngve Uggen (ex Gluecifer). Dynamic pure and my highlight. This song has reached for a comfortable place in my best of song collection in the meanwhile - what a powerful heavy psychedelic presence! The 'Bitches Brew' and Soft Machine inspired The Underworld shows the three basic instruments soloing and swirling around each other lead by a special dramaturgy - wow! The vinyl only bonus track San Francisco Car Chase finally attracts my attention because made up like a Weather Report inspired fusion piece.

KIRUNA defines an unique environment with the songs. As for a conclusion my feelings are so so - I like those already mentioned tracks very much - they are more catchy I would say. But with the others I'm not able to make friends (at least yet) because they are crossing an imaginary line - too weird and free-formed noisy. Anyhow - 'Tarasarus' will appeal to fans of an avantgarde experimental approach for sure - 3.5 stars.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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