Atlanter washed over Norway like a monster wave in 2013. Their debut album, Vidde, became a favorite among both record buyers and critics, with its beautiful and natural mix of African desert blues, American delta blues and German "motorik" from the '70s. "Vidde blues" was a new and self-made term at that time – a term that summed up the quartet's wish of uniting music from several corners of the world in "Norwegianized" and timeless attire. They fully succeeded and now they're back for more.
Jewels of Crime is both a natural sequel and a long step forward for the quartet. An album that Atlanter have spent three long years recording, but that really has provided musical gems. Arild Hammerø (guitar, vocal), Jens J Carelius Krogsveen (guitar, vocal), Jonas Barsten (drums) and Morten Kvam (bass) have all the time kept and developed their astounding knack for improvisation, their joy of playing and their intuitive musical understanding, which also in a live setting is central to the band's sound. They're proving on Jewels of Crime that they also master the art of songwriting completely.
The album was recorded at Engfelt & Forsgrens Studio, Brageveien Studio, ARC and Pooka Studios in Oslo plus Ocean Sound Recordings at Giske outside of Ålesund. So it's not just in the music that the band's restless and nomadic nature emerges. The mixing was done in New York by Abe Seiferth, known for his work with dissimilar artists like Yeasayer, Ornette Coleman and Simian Mobile Disco. Among the album's guests we find the group Imarhan from Mali, with Iyad Moussa Ben Abderahmane aka Sadam on vocals. Sadam is also known as the singer in Tinariwen's live line-up. On the track "Jareeze," another Jansen artist appears: Hanne Kolstø on vocals. The album was produced by Erlend Mokkelbost and Øyvind Røsrud Gundersen.