– Boundless trio combines forces with creative and characteristic guitarists
Tone Åse – Vocals/electronics
Ståle Storløkken – synths
Tor Haugerud – Drums
Stian Westerhus – guitar
Hans Magnus Ryan – guitar
BOL has always been a melting pot of different expressions and ideas, where the longtime collaborating improvisers bring a wealth of musical possibilities and personal character.
Tone Åse with a span from the electronic voice to the subtle song, Ståle Storløkken deep down or far out in his personal scenery of sound, and Tor Haugerud with his blend of original grooves and exploratory use of sound and timbre.
When BOL in addition invites two extremely creative guitarists to join the group, guitarists with quite different starting points and expressions, the improvisational energy of the moment is combined with subtle and energetic noisemaking and traditional (and nontraditional) rock aesthetics. The guitarists, Hans Magnus “Snah” Ryan (Motorpsycho) and Stian Westerhus (Puma, Nils Petter Molvær etc) complement each other in a unique way when interacting with the trio, and this happy meeting, which started as a festival project in 2010, has now culminated in a recording. On Numb, number, the compositions range from slowly evolving, flowing sounds to throbbing powerplants. The lyrics are central to the musical expressions; poems by EE Cummings, as well as English translations of Rolf Jacobsen and Olav H.Hauge.
«Meeting of masters
The boundless trio BOL has been visited by the equally boundless guitarists Stian Westerhus and Hans Magnus «Snah» Ryan.
For over 10 years the collective BOL has existed, and every meeting thus far has told us that drummer Tor Haugerud, synth magician Ståle Storløkken and vocalist and electronicist Tone Åse always are on the look-out for new sceneries. Now that they´ve combined forces with guitarists Stian Westerhus, which in the last couple of years has broken more boundaries than most of us, and Motorpsycho´s Hans Magnus «Snah» Ryan, it´s pretty self-evident that the probability for «Numb, number» turning in to something of it´s own are present – in heaps.
The starting point of this special collaboration was a festival project in Trondheim in 2010. Evidently everone thought the result so interesting that they wanted to continue the process in the studio. For that, all of us that weren´t there – and those who were – should be very grateful.
The lyrics are borrowed from, amongst others, E.E. Cummings and english translations of the norwegian poets Olav H. Hauge and Rolf Jacobsen. No matter where it derives from, Åse delivers a personal and warm rendition – with and without electronics and with and without help from the gentlemen on guitars. The songs range from gentle and open variants til pretty rocked and rough landscapes, and everyone of the five persons involved masters everything perfectly – which comes as no surprise.
Separately and together we´re dealing with some of Norway´s furthermost creative and searching musicians – musicians that couldn´t care less about genres and labels. That´s probably why most of the music they make turns out unique, exiting and cool.»
– Tor Hammerø, Side 2
« When the guitarists Hans Magnus «Snah» and Stian Westerhus meet up with Bol-band Tone Åse, Ståle Storløkken og Tor Haugerud, what happens?
«Numb, Number» is the result where Tone Åse as the trendsetting voice in the norwegian vocal-landscape uses lyrics by E.E Cummings, Rolf Jacobsen and Olav H.Hauge. All in english translations and in a context they themselves never got to experience on this plane, but most certainly would have appreciated.
Ståle Storløkken is known in the Motorpshycho-ways of Snah, Stian Westerhus appears both with Nils Petter Molvær and everywhere else where music challenges it´s own boundaries, and exiting hullabaloo is created when they all meet. This isn´t irony, but expressions to express music adequatly in writing aren´t to be taken lightly. It´s easier to recommend this meeting in our galaxy highly.
– Roald Helgheim, Dagsavisen