Rogaland By Teloch
The Konsortium formed in 2004, and has released two critically acclaimed albums ‘The Konsortium’ and ‘Rogaland’. The lineup has been changing over the years, as the band itself functions as a sort of consortium.
The music was written over a period of seven years, and the album itself was recorded over a 12 month period. It was tedious, but a rewarding process I still feel drained from it, but it was worth it, of course. What I enjoyed most, and always do, is witnessing the pieces come together – you know, the fulfilment of one’s vision. When the other musicians make small tweaks and changes, drop in their ideas, so that everything is elevated to something even better than you imagined, that´s great. They all did that this time around, from Teloch´s crazy whistling to Dirge Rep´s drum improvisations and the guitarists subtle, yet very effective deviations. Great stuff. Apart from that, we did a lot of the recordings outside, in forests, mountains, by the sea. It was a very special feeling, doing vocals in the woods at night, or on an early morning in the mountains. It felt strange but right. In some of the raw recordings, you can hear sounds in the background, the flow of water, rustling of leaves. etc.
it is hard to mention something specific when it comes inspirations. Beyond any doubt: there are music, literature and art that has affected me as a person, and which in turn has resulted in my style of songwriting, personal preferences, etc. But which artists have left their biggest marks? Impossible to say. Both the lyrical themes and conceptual style is kind not too far from writers as Arne Garborh or Knut Hamsun, though. Not that I compare myself to these giants in any form whatsoever, but their way of writing, their art has probably made quite an impression over the years, and this, in turn, may have contributed to the style and direction of the album.