CLEAR VINYL (LTD):
Fieh – In the Sun in the Rain (Album)
Jansen Records, 2022
Like D'Angelo's the Vanguard, straight outta the rural Norwegian countryside, Norwegian 7-piece Fieh are ready to unleash the follow-up to their 2019 debut album. Cold Water Burning Skin was fittingly described as “future soul” by God Is in the TV and “left field R&B” by Clash Magazine, and the band continues in the same vein, although simultaneously broadening their spectrum.
Centered around the groove, Fieh’s new music includes the funk bangers that initially introduced the band, but also more experimental and orchestral songs. Citing The Roots, Joni Mitchell, Erykah Badu, The Beatles and Solange as inspirations should give a hint as to what Fieh sounds like. Brimming with creativity and supported by a funky backbone, it’s still the songs that are the foundation. The lyrics revolve around themes of everyday life, incidents, people and love – real stories from real life.
In the Sun in the Rain was recorded with famed Norwegian musician and producer Lars Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist, Susanne Sundfør, The Staves, Kimbra) who definitely brought his skills and eclectic tastes into the mix. Speaking of mixing, that part was done by the legendary “Analog Ninja” Russell Elevado. Known for his work with D’Angelo, Angélique Kidjo, The Roots, among others, Elevado has amplified the band’s intentions in the studio, and given increased character to the record’s sound.
Fieh emerged with breakthrough single “Glu” in 2017. They quickly rose to local and international fame, thanks to broad support from the likes of Clash Magazine, DIY Magazine and The Fader, among others. Widespread touring took them to venues all over Europe, including the main stage at Norway’s biggest festival, Øyafestivalen.
The powerful ensemble, known for their ecstatic live shows, consists of a group of friends that have been playing together for a long time, constantly honing their sound and skills. Being hugely talented musicians, they function effortlessly together as a super tight unit, where each member brings his or her taste and influences into the mix.
In the Sun in the Rain will be released on Jansen Records on March 4th, 2022.
1. In The Sun In The Rain (Move On Up)
2. Fast Food
3. Telephone Girl (Halden Edition)
5. Grendehus Funkadelic
4. Anger management (Jesus)