Happy New Ears (JazzLand 2006)
How do you follow up the release of a universally acclaimed triple live album? By releasing a CD filled to the brim with 65 minutes of amazing new material.
The combined talent of Fredrik Ljungkvist (saxophones, clarinet), Magnus Broo (trumpet), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass) and Håvard Wiik (piano) is just that: Atomic. The scandinavian quintet don’t waste their time or their talent on their new release Happy New Ears! It is only last june we had the pleasure of indulging in the three disks of The Bikini Tapes.
During two session days in february and one in early november, the ten brand new compositions on display here came to light, at Bugges Room-studios in Oslo, Norway. Writing credits are shared between Ljungkvist and Wiik, with Broo contributing the stellar piece ”St Lureplass”. It ranks among their best work, period. From the chewing tobacco mania of ”Two Boxes Left” (Ljungkvist) to the staggeringly beautiful weltschmerz of ”Closing Stages” (Wiik); Atomic here touches upon the very essence of their music.
Atomic may have started out as a not-exactly quiet protest against what was considered to be the scandinavian sound; the frosty flomax