Late March sees Stavanger’s finest, the oil-barrel pounding bizarro collective Kaizers Orchestra hitting European roads with their critically acclaimed new album ‘Maskineri’ in the bag.
Kaizers Orchestra is beyond question the band singing in Norwegian with the greatest international success. For their substantial fan base across Europe they are no less than an institution. And their breed of balkanized, absinthian gypsy folk rock – with that characteristic flare of pre-modern existential zeal - juxtaposes perfectly, it seems, with the Norwegian accent with which singer Janove Ottosen relates the tales that form the spine of the songs. Because Kaizers’ songs are always narratives, told in the fusion of musical emotion and spoken words, and it seems that exactly because a story is being told the meaning of the words somehow breaks through the barriers of language. It is as if the music; the special energy and the unique vibe, works as a Babel fish: people grasp the point even tough they don’t, strictly speaking, understand a single word. -And perhaps it is better this way, perhaps a universal language, English, would only have taken away the somewhat enigmatic essence of the expression.
-“Maskineri” is not the fourth of the old albums, but the first of the new ones, says front man Janove “The Jackal” Ottosen to the Norwegian newspaper Adresseavisen. -We’ve left behind many of our ways and standard solutions, and are really eager to demonstrate how creative and innovative we are as a band, also in the studio. In a way we view it as our first proper album, for now we have the experience to make the album we really want to make, and the chance to choose people and places that are really right.
The album is recorded in Berlin and Los Angeles, and their regular producer has been substituted with Mark Howard, a Canadian who has worked with Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, U2 and REM.
Kaizers Orchestra’s current European tour, which kicked off earlier this week, takes the band to Denmark, Germany, The Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Sweden and Finland.
Stated Kaizers’ Rune Mink earlier to the band’s official web-site earlier this week: (On the current tour) ‘Morale is great! It´s always fun to do release tours. We enjoy doing new material, and when we got a new album out we get to play new stuff alongside the old stuff. This is a tight and well set up tour, including some new places, like Helsinki, Prague and Budapest, so we´re looking forward to it!’
Watch Kaizers Orchestra’s video for their single Enden av November:
‘Maskineri’ sees its European release on the 4th of April
Listen to Kaizers tracks on their MySpace site