Ready for UK release on Million Records
Mattis Myrland & Jonas H. Sjøvaag are active musicians on the Norwegian music scene, both with a background from the State Academy of Music in Oslo. They collaborate with other musicians, such as Ingrid Olava, Eple Trio and Karl Seglem, amongst others, and have a broad spectrum of influences and interests. The project mattisogjonas (mattis and jonas) is a result of years of work with improvised music and jazz, and an effort to combine the improvisational structures from these fields with the ear-catching dogma of modern pop music. The songs, however, differ greatly from the standard pop format, both in length and delivery and provide an alternate way of communication that is modern in terms of instrument usage, form and function, and expression. At the same time, the music pays homage to the tradition of spoken word, and William Burroughs is a main source of inspiration here. So, spoken word + electronics + improvisation and a profound command of language is, in essence, mattisogjonas.