Amgala Temple is the sound of three musical forces combined. The result is an overwhelming clash of spontaneity and control, improvisation and clairvoyance - all meshed together in a quest to make something radiant.
The mix of Lars Horntveth, Amund Maarud and Gard Nilssen is a wish come true for music fans, as they each have made great impact as bandleaders, solo artists and musicians in an array of projects - be it with Jaga Jazzist, Susanne Sundfør, Todd Terje, Morudes, Bushman’s Revenge, a-ha or Gard Nilssen’s Acoustic Unity.
But Amgala Temple sounds little like the above. These musicians’ profound interest in old and new sounds, and their deep respect for each other, was essential in creating this space where they could create more freely - venturing into new sonic landscapes - letting whatever happens happen.
Lars Horntveth´s multi-instrumentalism - playing bass, synthesizers and more, Amund Maarud´s wild guitar abilities and Gard Nilssen’s impeccable freeform drumming makes for a breathtaking sound.
Their debut album was recorded at Oslo Konserthus and Amper Tone Studios, and was recorded in only a few days. As a document of their natural sound, the recordings remain untampered, resulting in a very honest display of their core sound.
This album is the first of a series of records that will be offered by Amgala Temple through Pekula Records, a record label set to document bold sounding, experimental and imaginative music from in and outside of Norway.
Amgala Temple is one of the most exciting musical projects to come out of this country in a long time, and we cannot wait to follow their rapid evolution as a band in the coming years.