Who would’ve thought a man all the way from Horten, Norway could single-handedly flip our perceptions of how traditional folk music is consumed. Enter Metaspion, a bass head with a glam rock past who was recently caught fiddling around with a marimba for the first time on his Facebook. He also plays the violin and a smattering of other instrumentals.
That’s him above practicing to “Psycho Dope,” a juicy track off his new album that dropped this month, Folktronika Schmolkfonika. For any EDM fans who love their fill of genre crossovers and bands who truly reinvent the wheel, Schmolkfonika Folktronika, produced entirely by the artist alone with a few guest features from vocalists Marianne Eide, Line Kaupang, Elfi Sverdrup, and Sverre Lindset, will be a treat.
“Psycho Dope” could be produced for a woodsy episode of the contemporary sci-fi series Black Mirror; techno-global, intergalactic sound waves flood listeners’ ears as they feel the pulse; there is so much visual stimuli created by noise on this album that one can’t help but to reference a movie scene, book chapter, or audio file that once struck a chord with them in the past.
Some of the tracks have a spiritually Buddhist bent, like “Not Everything is Terrible,” which when listening, one can almost feel themselves detaching from reality a little bit to sink into the music.
Then there’s the inspiring “Old Rules Don’t Apply,” which has many traceable patterns. From drum machines to synthy punches and a medieval fiddle, this track is complimentary of traditional Northern European lineage and ingenuity.
“Tveitaaen” is a yoik with a lilting effect ideal for partner dancing, or maybe head banging, in a Nordic pub.
Last but not least, we have to mention “Indianger” for its supernatural elements, a song for the Valkyrie flying through the sea and riding onward toward battle to carry out Odin’s command.
You can play this album at your next Game of Thrones binge, while you watch Thor for the seventeenth time, or crank up the noise factor to infinity and circle dance on your front lawn. Metaspion won’t mind, we’re sure.
Give the rest of the album a listen here, and let us know what you think in the comments.