Fredrikstad’s acclaimed post rocker Simon Walther, is back with new, avant-garde music. The album “Bye Brenner” is an emerging gem with an extremely exciting sound, with new details to discover every time you listen to it.
Together with his Swedish squire, Anders Eckeborn, who has been involved from the songwriting stage, the duo put a lot of energy on everything from making creative arrangements to the recording sessions.
It is noticeable that the music has got plenty of time to emerge, with neither musical framework and rules or any time pressure, which otherwise may stifle the creativity.
Unlike the debut album “Leave The Sinking Ship Behind” from 2012, all music has been recorded in a Stockholm studio with Swedish producer Ludwig Schöllin, who has given the music a fair production.
The songs are basically simpler and more structured than before, but still has a preserved playfulness, greater dynamism and a sound which arouses great curiosity.
Organs are replaced with synthesizers, Simon has transferred the guitar playing to Anders and plays banjo on all songs. But the biggest, most obvious difference is that Simon has chosen to sing entirely in Norwegian. He feels comfortable in his native language and the lyrics feels closer to heart, and more personal.
It feels like Simon Walther has found home.