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For The Country

by Einar Stray

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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) I've bought this EP mainly because of "Caressed", which is a great folk-rock song, but in the meantime, after some rounds, the more post-rock oriented "Teargas Plateglass" emerged as my favorite track, because of its highly mesmerizing quality. The other two tracks appear in more polished versions on the 2014 full-length album "Politricks", which I purchased at the same time, so I didn't need them strictly. However, I'm glad to have them, too. Favorite track: Teargas Plateglass.
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After the release of his debut album "Chiaroscuro" this January Einar Stray didn't take too much time. Nearly without any breaks the young Norwegian and his band were touring like homeless through world history. Thereby he gained an unusual outside view; and this outside view, which the awkward isolation of a long concert tour opens up, is certainly not unimportant for the character of this EP "For The Country".

The title song, the core: a barely lying, oppressive statement. In its radical reduction the completely a capella sung piece is almost a drastic antithesis to the usually bigger arranged, extensive and dreamy compositions of this Osloite. It's almost a retreat facing elusive violence and destruction on this planet, for which one can hardly find words, except for naming them unadorned.

"For The Country" was recorded in the Six Feet Over studios of Oslo art collective Spoon Train and produced by Sjur Lyseid, who was also responsible for the production of "Chiaroscuro". Next to the title track it includes two new songs, originating from the time on tour, and an edit of the mini hit "Caressed".


released October 12, 2012


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