With their fifth full-length album, 2016's Pangea, Bodø's Kråkesølv offered up something a little different than previous efforts. Kråkesølv's music is still anchored in two guitars, bass, drums and lyrics written in their own dialect, but this time they forced themselves to paint with a much broader brush. Pangea shows a maturing band challenging staid frameworks, and moving into landscapes that bands like Dungen and Radiohead have plowed before. But, as always, Kråkesølv landed safely on their own Northern Norwegian feet.
The reason why Kråkesølv took a different approach than before, is mainly due to producer, Lars Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist, Susanne Sundfør). In addition to producing, he contributed to the record in many ways - giving good advice, being a band motivator and playing multiple instruments like piano, mellotron and vibraphone. Yet the lyrics here have the same melancholy character that have colored Kråkesølv's universe since their debut, and they continue to make connections between interpersonal and universal matters like no other.