Photo by: Dagfinn Hobæk
Official press release:
Norwegian eclectic prog troupe White Willow will release their seventh full-length album, Future Hopes, this Winter, through their longtime label home, Laser’s Edge.
Future Hopes, their first album since 2011’s well-received Terminal Twilight sees White Willow exploring some of the most “progressive” territory the band has ever ventured into, with several very lengthy tracks and more instrumental stretching out than they are usually known for. The album features a heavy use of synthesizers, including the unique textures of the Yamaha CS80, the famed Blade Runner synth; the movie, and Vangelis’ music for it, was one of the influences on the album.
Offers founding White Willow guitarist Jacob Holm-Lupo:
“Future Hopes is loosely tied together by a science fiction concept, a ‘love among the ruins’ story.”
Delving deeper into the creation of the album he continues:
“Future Hopes is our seventh album, and a sequel of sorts to our two other conceptual albums, Terminal Twilight and Storm Season. We’re extremely excited and impatient to share the music, which features both our new singer, Venke Knutson — a well-known artist in her own right here in Norway with several Top 10 hits to her credit — as well as guest appearances by guitar wizard Hedvig Mollestad (Hedvig Mollestad Trio) and world-renowned clarinetist David Krakauer. Returning from the Terminal Twilight line-up are Mattias Olsson (Necromonkey, ex-Änglagård), Ellen Andrea Wang (PIxel, Manu Katché Group), Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler) and Ketil Einarsen (Kaukasus, ex-Jaga Jazzist).”
Musically the album follows logically from the previous one, but with a bit more instrumental stretching out, especially thanks to Hedvig‘s guitar, and the modern production approach of the record. Future Hopes was mixed by the highly respected Norwegian engineer Christian Engfelt, known for his work on the Elephant9/Reine Fiske album, Atlantis and the Todd Rundgren/Lindstrøm collaboration, Runddans, with several of his productions having been Grammy-nominated and/or won in Norway. The record was mastered by Grammy Award-winning audiophile legend Bob Katz, and completed with a specially commissioned painting by Roger Dean.
Laser’s Edge will release Future Hopes on CD, LP, and all digital platformsin the first quarter of 2017; a final release date will be issued alongside the cover art, track listing, and much more in the coming days.