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NEEDLEPOINT

WALKING UP THAT VALLEY

BJK MUSIC


Format: LP
Cata No: BJKCD108LP
Barcode: 7041881000355
Format: CD
Cata No: BJKCD108CD
Barcode: 704 1881000362
*TRANSPARENT ORANGE VINYL* Needlepoint is a Norwegian group that straddles the border between
jazz and prog, carrying the torch of legends such as Soft Machine, ELP,
and Camel with a unique Nordic voice. Their upcoming album Walking
Up That Valley evokes nostalgia while exploring avenues all its own,
feeling both new and familiar at once.
Needlepoint was formed by guitarist/
vocalist Bjørn Klakegg around
2010, with the band’s debut being
released that same year on Klakegg’s
own label. A renowned guitarist and
figure within the Norwegian jazz
scene, Klakegg found his old British
rock heroes from the 70’s step out of
the fog of the past when he first met
bassist Nikolai Hængsle (Elephant9,
Møster!), and thus the Needlepoint
sound was born. By 2015, the
current lineup was solidified with
Olaf Olsen and David Wallumrød,
making the band a formidable
collection of talent some might deem
a Norwegian supergroup.
Walking Up That Valley continues
the line of development from the
band’s past two releases, Aimless
Mary (2015) and The Diary Of
Robert Reverie (2018), which dug
more deeply into the Canterbury
prog only hinted at by the band’s
first outings. With the group’s
maturity has come continued
exploration, evinced in a plethora of
instruments heard across the album:
harpsichord, violin, flute, a choir and
more add layers of sonic beauty to an
album already bursting with ideas.
Between dreamy vintage keyboards,
busy drums and percussion, mindbending,
jazz-tinged guitar work and
deft bass lines, Klakegg’s soft and
melodious voice finds room in the
mix, tying the album together with
tales from the road between reality
and fantasy.
Walking Up That Valley is sure to
please fans of prog, 70’s rock, jazz
and even folk rock.

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