Finnish quintet Oddarrang has established itself as a band with an undeniably unique sound – blending monumental riffs and dynamic builds with heart-wrenching melodies that soar over a compelling and absorbing rhythmical drive. Agartha pushes that emotion and potency to new levels.
Led by eclectic musician and spiritual drummer Olavi Louhivuori, Oddarrang has produced a bold and imposing statement that without doubt will take it to the brink of international exposure. Brave in conception and epic in execution, this music wells from the same melancholic Nordic spring that feeds the likes of Sigur Rós and Supersilent, adding the folky, post-rock influences of Mogwai and the electronic sound sculptures of Boards of Canada.
Clocking in just shy of 40 minutes, the five-track album takes its name from the legendary city that is said to reside in the Earth's core. With a unique blend of cello and trombone, soaring vocals and electronic soundscapes fusing with the magma intensity of guitar, bass and drums, this is music that achieves profound beauty: elevating and primal.