Madrugada Releases New Album “Chimes At Midnight”: Streaming
- Norwegian alt-rock band Madrugada, consisting of Sivert Høyem, Frode Jacobsen and Jon Lauvland Pettersen, released their sixth studio album “Chimes At Midnight” along with a new music video for “Call My Name”.
It is their first album in 14 years since the 2008 self-titled album. After the release self-titled album, the band took a hiatus due to the death of guitarist Robert Burås.
But they reunited with original drummer Jon Lauvland Pettersen in 2018.
The album comprises 12-track, produced by Kevin Ratterman. The band recorded the album at Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles in 2020.
But the COVID-19 pandemic hit and went into lockdown in March 2020. The band had to overdub and mix the album remotely between Los Angeles and Oslo.
“Technology made it possible for us to overdub in real time while Kevin was producing us from across the Atlantic,” Frode Jacobsen said. “Unusual and, to put it mildly, quite interesting. But it slowed the process down tremendously.”
Sivert Høyem said, “The songs are a reflection of who we are in the here and now. We're older. We're all fathers. I think I have a more differentiated view of life than 20 years ago, a bigger ability to feel more than one thing at a time. The aesthetic of MADRUGADA was very New York City and Berlin, we were a punk band that played the blues. All of these elements are still there. But this time we felt an appeal, we felt stronger to dedicate to the dreamy aspects of our work. The city in which we recorded has encouraged us to do so.”
Jacobsen said “It doesn't point in any particular direction, which makes it special for me in a way that is common to all of our albums: it's made to be played live”.
Lauvland Pettersen said, “I think it maybe has a stronger singer-songwriter vibe.”
Sivert Høyem continued, “If I want to write a ballad and give it full orchestral treatment, I'm free. It even had a therapeutic effect. The concerts were pure pleasure, but the album made me feel like I could close with something. 'Chimes at Midnight' emerged from an atmosphere of great joy and benevolence. For me it's a passionate album.”
The companying video was directed by Eivind Holmboe. The band shared, “In the live video for CALL MY NAME we wanted to capture the stunning views from Storheia, a mountain overlooking Frode and Jon's hometown of Stokmarknes. On the day of the shoot, however, The Lords Of Rock blessed us with particularly "genuine" Northern-Norwegian Summer weather. In keeping with the spirit of our VESTERÅLEN PROJECT we went along anyway — Playing power ballads on mountain tops is still a thing in 2022, it just has a different look and feel these days... ”
- source : Apple Music