Serena-Maneesh D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D. EP on 12" Vinyl
Although a five-piece live and with too many contributors on record to list, Serena Maneesh nevertheless essentially remains the work of Emil Nikolaisen. Born in the remote village of Moi into a musical family (sisters Hilma and Elvira often play with the band), Emil is Norwegian rock royalty. It's hard to find a Norwegian band that Emil hasn't either played with or produced, and he's also been nominated for a Spellemannsprisen, the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy. He's not just influential in his home country either, having released a split single with Fucked Up, worked with Sufjan Stevens, and been invited to share stages with The Dandy Warhols, Nine Inch Nails and Oasis.
The band's self-titled 2005 debut became one of those rare things: a genuine word of mouth success. Carefully constructed from the familiar (My Bloody Valentine, The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, Neu!) and the not so familiar (black metal, Norwegian composers such as Grieg and Fartein Valen), their wall of sound was unlike anything produced by any of their peers. Five years later and having subsequently signed to 4AD, follow-up album S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor was released in 2010. Recording for the album began in 2008, with Nikolaisen literally retreating underground to work in a cave on the outskirts of Oslo. With the assistance of the likes of Nick Terry and Can associate René Tinner, Nikolaisen set about mixing the results, spending an incredible eight days on each song.
The 3-track D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D. EP was issued 6 months later in October 2010 and features remixes of S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor tracks by the likes of Stereolab ("D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D.") and Lindstrøm ("Ayisha Abyss") plus a Melchior mix of "Dressed In White She Walks Through The Door."