Jens Carelius made quite a name for himself on the Norwegian music scene with his first two albums The First Songs (2008) and The Beat Of The Travel (2009). Third effort, The Architect (2011), is a concept record which uses the visual aspect of architecture as a starting point, and connects this aspect to elements from life itself. In its entirety, the record is intended to create a feeling of growth.
On The Architect, Jens steps away from the classic folk picking and the sound that characterized the two previous recordings. He has kept himself a lot more free in the creative process, and the songs are larger, and a lot more orchestral and filled with contrasts. The material here is dramatic, with a lot of movement and many different forms of expression. The soundscape is intense, cool and minimalist, but also grandiose and orchestral and of a more modern character.
Producer Øyvind Røsrud Gundersen, who also helmed the first two records, created a grandiose soundscape from Carelius' orchestral, intense playing of the 12-string and the intricate wind arrangements of the exciting jazz musician Hayden Powell. Other guest artists on the album include Jenny Hval (Rockettothesky), Siri Nilsen, Thomas Bratlie (Rumble In Rhodos), and Daniel Herskedal.