Founded by cousins Bastian and Sondre Veland in 2011, jazz prog rockers Ossicles follow-up their self released debut Mantelpiece with their sophomore full-length Music For Wastelands. The band had this to say about their newest collection: "We both agree that with Music for Wastelands we have been able to define our own individual style and sound much more clearly, and we now sound more like ourselves rather than the music that originally inspired us."
The duo then went on to explain that the album is a concept story "told through the songs, and it's composed as a single musical piece, which is something that will probably become clear the more you hear it, because it's meant to be an album in which you can hear something new every time you listen to it. The structure itself is inspired by David Bowie's album Low, where the more immediate songs – the ones that are easiest to like – appear first, and the more experimental songs come at the end. There are few limitations when it comes to genres, and the album features a lot of different styles, something that was necessary in order to properly portray the concept and the story."
All instruments and vocals on the 14-track album are performed by Bastian and Sondre Veland, with guest appearances from Erlend Furuset Jenssen (saxophone) and Karin Mäkiranta (vocals). Artwork for Music for Wastelands is by Randi Veland.