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by Shamblemaths

A blatant and unabashed throwback to the golden days of 70s prog, "Shamblemaths" will enthuse the connoisseur of complexity, and drive most others to outrage or silent sobs. Part humorous, part serious, all wonky, self-important and rampantly anglophile!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Conglomeration (Or: The Grand Pathetic Suite)
26:54 album only
2. A Failing Ember
9:27 album only
3. Stalker
19:52 album only
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Album Notes
“Album of the year? At least in the retroprog genre!”* T. Kohlruss, BabyBlaue (14/15)
“One of the most stunning albums I have come across in some time" O.M. Bjørnsen, (6+/6)
“Without question a contender for Album of the Year” J. Davie aka Mellotron Storm, ProgArchives
“At once sounding like everything and nothing else (...) brilliantly bonkers music” G. Moon, PROG Magazine
“A pristine distillation of the best that prog has to offer” M. Matheson,
“Shamblemaths leave no choice but to integrate their music into your brain, soul, body and mind.”* M. Haifl, (9/10)
“One of the most intriguing albums I have heard all year.” J. Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility (3.5/4)
“The great discovery of 2016 for me so far!”* N. Brückner, BabyBlaue (14/15)
“One of the highlights of the year so far!”* J. Meurer, BetreutesProggen (13/15)
“A coherent creative expression that works superbly on a number of levels.” O. Davis, DPRP (8/10)

(NOTE: This is the digital version. For the physical CD: )

Years and years in the making, "Shamblemaths" finally sees the light of day, and the light of day runs screaming!

56 minutes of music and only three tracks? Yes, it's probably prog. Yet don't expect any overlong wishy-washy; each minute is filled to bursting with musical ideas. Analysis of all the bits and bobs that went into this album is certain to form the basis of many a thesis in generations to come.

The music combines elements of rock (some of it heavy, all of it quirky), jazz and the neo-classical, with lots for the brain and some for the heart, too. Thundering bass grooves over odd chops support fiddly guitar work and saxophones, with some vocals thrown in for good measure with lyrics worth savouring. That's a viable description of Shamblemath's music, yet the opposite probably is as well.

Opening track «Conglomeration» is, as the title indicates, comprised of a number of parts. But listen carefully, and you will discover recurring themes and motifs throughout its 28 minute duration. Rampant anglophilia is evident in the quirky lyrics which, perhaps ill-advisedly, are not above a pun or two.

Second cut «A Failing Ember» is with its mere 9-and-a-bit minutes of positively pop-esque duration, yet is guaranteed to evade all and every hit chart the world over. Thematically more serious, «Ember» is still pompous, self-important and dissonant enough to repel the masses, leaving room for the few (if any) remaining listeners to let the arms flail (should they wish to do such a thing).

«Stalker» is the 19 minute finale whose composition has been ongoing for more than a decade. Themes weave in and out in a composition perhaps slightly less frantic than the previous two, carrying and conveying a teeth gnashing story of guilt trips and unrequited obsession. The persevering listener can finally enjoy some much desired silence as the album ebbs out to the sound Stalker's own anticlimax and fade-out.

Fans of Shamblemaths are so numerous they couldn't all fit comfortably in the same phone booth, and yet this new album is virtually guaranteed to swell that number to one whose counting will require every single finger you've got on at least one hand.

1 – Conglomeration (or: The Grand Pathetic Suite) (26:54)
[00:00] a) Bloody Racket
[03:36] b) Your Silly Stare
[05:00] c) A Mockery in the Making
[06:59] d) The Different Tastes of Sick
[08:19] e) A Mockery Well Made
[12:28] f) Life Is Tough (When You're Me)
[14:52] g) Saucy Tiara Woman!
[19:10] h) Another Pear of Ice
[22:11] i) Con-girl Omen Ratio 1
[24:46] j) Overture

2 – A Failing Ember (9:27)
[00:00] a) Never Innocent Again
[03:17] b) The Winding Stair
[04:46] c) Three Flowers
[07:25] d) Deus Caritatis

3 – Stalker (19:55)
[00:00] a) Stalker begins
[01:10] b) Bad Conscience Underneath Your Gown
[05:44] c) Stalker: Persistance
[11:49] d) Stalker’s Lullaby
[15:23] e) Stalker: The Harrowing
[16:13] f) Stalker: Inevitable Anticlimax and Fade-Out

Simen Ådnøy ELLINGSEN: Electric, acoustic and Spanish guitar, alto, soprano and baritone* saxophones, vocals, zither, jaw harp, percussion, occasional keyboards, sundry implements.
Eirik Mathias HUSUM: Bass guitar

Eirik Øverland DISCHLER: Keyboards
Jon Even SCHÄRER: Drums
Halvor LUND: Hammond organ
Colin HOWARTH: Tenor sax solo on 3c & 3d.
Karl Yngve LERVÅG & Helene Hesselberg RENDAL: Choir on 1a (and 1j).
Marit Høye ÅDNØY: Vocals on 3a.
Jan RØE: guitar parts on 3b (member of TiaC)
Eivor Ådnøy ELLINGSEN: Baby vocals on 2e.

"Saucy Tiara Woman" contains musical quotes from a song by I. Anderson of a curiously similar name.

Produced by Simen Å. Ellingsen. Recorded in Eigenstudio October 2011 to October 2015. Bass recorded in the Room of Mystery and Magic. Drums recorded in Røffsound Studio, Oslo, engineered by Vegard Liverød. Tenor sax recorded at Colin’s place, Raufoss. Mixed by SÅE. Additional mixing and mastering by Stein Bratland at Skansen Lydstudio.

All tracks written by SÅE, except 1f & 2b by SÅE and E. Ø. Dischler. 3c originally by TiaC (SÅE, J. Røe, EMH, S. Gjelten Bakken, M. Tvedt), re-worked by SÅE with EØD and EMH. Lyrics by SÅE except 2d by H. Ibsen, translated by SÅE.

Cover design by SÅE. Front photo by SÅE or possibly Machteld Geuskens (can’t recall). Band photo by Dalila Valenzuela.

TiaC was active between 2002 and 2005. “Stalker” was part of the live set, but was never recorded. The song changed for every performance with only parts b-d settled. 3b & 3d are faithful to the original, whereas part 3c was given a brush-up. 3e & 3f were written anew, loosely based on vague recollections.

Recorded with support from Trondheim Kommune.

[*: translated from original language. See original reviews at]



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