This is hybrid jazz improvisation, dipping into countless musical pools, creating wholly new sounds. However, leaving aside the inventiveness and will to explore unusual combinations, the album demonstrates how such experimentation can be a melodic adventure for the listener as well as the players. "I try to find a vibe, an atmosphere or a feeling. To me music is about feelings, energy, and connection between musicians and audience," says Harald Lassen. The players themselves deliver performances that accentuate and enhance the compositional journey perfectly.
Harald Lassen's saxophone can croon smoothly or bark and squeal, turn on a thread between nostalgic longing and driving futurism. The backline of Bram De Looze (keys), Stian A. E. Andersen: (bass), and Tore Flatjord (drums, percussion) do not seem like a backline at all, instead forming a unified musical organism with Lassen. They push the music forward; they change the moods and textures, taking each track to new soundscapes (particularly on the track "Ekstase").
"The idea of a band as a collective is extremely important to me", says Lassen. "I don't like the music to sound composed in a regimental fashion. It needs to be organic, to feel as easy and natural as breathing. We are human beings making music for human beings. Humans are curious and like to be surprised or taken to unexpected places. To be vulnerable and to take risks is also very human. I allow for that in my compositions, leaving space for the musicians to add own character and imagination."
Harald Lassen has worked in numerous groups, including "indie jazz" band Pixel, quintet Mopti (who have also experimented with hip-hop as part of their jazz vision, releasing two albums on Jazzland Rec), and a plethora of other side projects he has participated in (Dr. Kay and His Interstellar Tone Scientists, Matonas Afdhal Group, Duplex, etc). In 2016, he released an album under his own name featuring the Belgian Lab Trio (Bram De Looze (piano), Anneleen Boheme (bass), Lander Gyselinck(drums)). He retained Bram De Looze as part of the band Lassen. Harald says of Bram: "Bram is a treasure. An enormous talent and a great storyteller. His ability to take us all out on a longer musical adventure is amazing."
Stian A. E. Andersen (bass) has played as part of Holum Trio, Matona Afdhal Group, and Mongrel, while Tore Flatjord (Drums) has played as part of Mongrel, Jordsjø and Moksha (who released the ir debut album "The Beauty of an Arbitrary Moment" on Jazzland Rec). "Tore and Stian are very grounded musicians and they like to flirt with 70s aesthetics - which I love. They're also real characters on stage. That's very important to me. And you can hear their personalities and character when they play."