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Machine Birds NORWAY
Machine Birds NORWAY

For a decade or more, its been impossible to ignore the impact of digital technology on the primarily acoustic domain of jazz, nowhere more so than in Norway, where young musicians have embraced the liberating possibilities of electronica in the most organic way yet. Machine Birds bring it to a new level. Two friends that met at jazz school, they’ve yet to release a debut album but are already creating waves in Norway with singles like One Last Try. Its an ethereal soundworld that will be familiar to fans of 4AD bands like Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil, and Marte Eberson’s innovative manipulation of loops and effects creates a magical palette of colours and figures for the typically Nordic voice of Maria Skranes, which is direct and unaffected. You may find yourself wondering where Machine Birds fit in the ever shifting jazz definition wars, but you’ll find yourself listening to very attractive music.

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