Rune Grammofon : Where should I start?

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Heard Susanna and the Magical Band's "Believer", and at the same time "magically" stumbled upon an interesting writeup for "Money Will Ruin Everything". Is this compilation a good place to start for Rune Grammofon (which I know little about).

peepee (peepee), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 16:31 (fifteen years ago) link

supersilent 6!

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 16:32 (fifteen years ago) link

supersilent....weren't they on a couple of Wire comps?...I'll check that out when I get home from work....though I think it might be earlier stuff than "6".

peepee (peepee), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 16:41 (fifteen years ago) link

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 16:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Björkenheim / Håker Flaten / Nilssen-Love - Scorch Trio
Wheee! Recorded in my hometown too. Spunk's pretty decent too.
I want to hear Alog's "Duckrabbit" in full, as the clips on the website make it seem intriguing.

Øystein H-O (Øystein H-O), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 16:48 (fifteen years ago) link

the comp is definitely a good place to start.

Avi (Avi), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 16:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Supersilent did have at least one great track on a Wire comp... I've been hearing raves about them but I don't know them too well.

wetmink (wetmink), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 17:12 (fifteen years ago) link

That song "Believer" is the saddest, most haunting song I have heard in years.

Neb Reyob (Ben Boyer), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 17:20 (fifteen years ago) link

I'll have to give a huge second to Supersilent "6". The new Deathprod is also excellent.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 17:43 (fifteen years ago) link

everything Øystein says is OTM. i fucking LOVE the Scorch Trio record (as i've said many times on ILM). it's heavy modal. drums, bass and fucking great guitar. also check out Krakatau if you're feeling his guitar playing.

and i fucking LOVE Supersilent (as i've also said many times on the board). Supersilent 4 is their most out, but also most rewarding album in my opinion. it's the most falling down the stairs mix of electronics and drums. 5 is a little bit more ambient. 1-3 (the 3cd set) is a lot more live (live instruments and less post-editing feel) and improv jazzy sounding. 6 is the one i've listened to the least. it's probably their most accesible. maybe i just wasn't in the mood when it finally came out?

i also think the trumpeter from Supersilent's (Arve Henriksen) solo album is really pretty. very ambient, just him and some beautiful spaces that give him great reverb. he gets some sounds out of a trumpet that you'd never expect. things like scraping the metal and dropping a ball in the bell.

i never really got into Tore Elgarøy's "The Sound Of The Sun"

JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 17:50 (fifteen years ago) link

I hate to be redundant, but I have to second (or third?) the Scorch Trio recommendations. Good stuff.

Rokovoko (Rokovoko), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 17:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Maja Ratkje's Voice is the best thing I have heard on Rune Grammofon.

dleone (dleone), Tuesday, 15 June 2004 18:30 (fifteen years ago) link

three months pass...
There's apparently a new Scorch Trio album called Luggumt.
Anyone heard it?

Rokovoko (Rokovoko), Tuesday, 12 October 2004 01:29 (fifteen years ago) link

four years pass...

Been playing Rune Grammofon a lot: have been getting a lot of joy* out of Phonophani, Alog and Deathprod.

Love the label design aesthetic, too.

*joy might not be the most apt of words.

djh, Friday, 14 November 2008 20:19 (eleven years ago) link

The reissued Fra Lippo Lippi CDs from the 80s are great stuff.

Geir Hongro, Friday, 14 November 2008 21:45 (eleven years ago) link

The reissued Fra Lippo Lippi CDs from the 80s are great stuff.

― Geir Hongro, Friday, November 14, 2008 9:45 PM (Yesterday)

I transcribed Fra Lippo Lippi's "Beauty And Madness" so my bf could play it at his cousin's wedding.

We all should give thanks to the Philippines for the existence of Rune Grammofon.

Owen Pallett, Saturday, 15 November 2008 00:42 (eleven years ago) link

I always thought the original premise was correct - Money Will Ruin Everything is a great place to start. Got me into Alog and Susanna and The Magical Orchestra anyhoo.

Treblekicker, Saturday, 15 November 2008 00:48 (eleven years ago) link

We all should give thanks to the Philippines for the existence of Rune Grammofon.

Surely, massive Fra Lippo Lippi sales in the Phillipines is definitely an important reason why they can afford the rest of the stuff ;)

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 15 November 2008 11:08 (eleven years ago) link

They are so huge in the Philippines. Bigger than anything. And I love my Supersilent records. Maraming Salamat!

Owen Pallett, Saturday, 15 November 2008 17:17 (eleven years ago) link

Are you Owen Pallett as in Michael James Owen Pallett?

Moka, Saturday, 15 November 2008 18:02 (eleven years ago) link

Geir's right, Fra Lippo Lippi were dope. Also I always thought Rune Grammofon was founded off the back of their sales, right?

Oreo SB'd Wagon (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 15 November 2008 18:06 (eleven years ago) link

seven months pass...

Any recommendations from the (potentially awesome) Rune Grammofon sale?

djh, Sunday, 12 July 2009 16:04 (ten years ago) link

MoHa! is some great aspie improv, Deathprod of course and the Supersilent dvd also awesome

sonderangerbot, Sunday, 12 July 2009 21:19 (ten years ago) link

Sale where?

He was only 21 years old when he 16 (Alex in SF), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:16 (ten years ago) link

what's aspie improv?

A. Roddick City (jaxon), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:49 (ten years ago) link

woah! i just listened to clips and get it. really weird, heavy, repetitive, spazzy

A. Roddick City (jaxon), Monday, 13 July 2009 18:51 (ten years ago) link

the sale is at

(there's also a sale at that features a bit of rune stuff)

djh, Monday, 13 July 2009 19:57 (ten years ago) link

These are the ones I'd recommend

RCD 2034 Susanna And The Magical Orchestra List Of Lights And Buoys (CD) 2004
RCD 2037 Arve Henriksen Chiaroscuro (CD, Album, Dig) 2004
RCD 2038 Phonophani Oak Or Rock (CD, Album, Dig) 2004

Turangalila, Monday, 13 July 2009 20:18 (ten years ago) link

"the sale is at"

I can't tell if the prices are good! They are in SWEDISH!

He was only 21 years old when he 16 (Alex in SF), Monday, 13 July 2009 21:26 (ten years ago) link

google "currency converter"?

djh, Monday, 13 July 2009 21:57 (ten years ago) link


He was only 21 years old when he 16 (Alex in SF), Monday, 13 July 2009 22:08 (ten years ago) link

The White Birch: Come Up For Air. Also, the ones mentioned above.

hunger, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 17:45 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

Not strictly Rune Gram but the Alog 12 on Fat Cat is stunning.

djh, Sunday, 8 November 2009 21:41 (ten years ago) link

Oh is that a new thing?

I love the Alog stuff I have sooo much.

Obscured by clowns (NickB), Sunday, 8 November 2009 22:10 (ten years ago) link

I just got a 3CD set by Circulasione Totale Orchestra, which is a biggish band led by saxophonist Frode Gjerstad - blaring free jazz mixed with electronics, plus the guitarist from Noxagt.

neither good nor bad, just a kid like you (unperson), Sunday, 8 November 2009 22:23 (ten years ago) link

Supersilent 6.

I like what I've heard of Supersilent 9, too, but I haven't spent enough time with it yet.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 8 November 2009 22:27 (ten years ago) link

Supersilent 9 is great if you like early Tangerine Dream a lot (which I do). None of them (and they're down to a trio btw; the drummer quit) are playing their usual instruments. Instead, they're all playing Hammond organs.

neither good nor bad, just a kid like you (unperson), Sunday, 8 November 2009 22:29 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

Holy balls, that Alog track on FatCat is pretty great!

It's totally got the Alog electronics-meets-clanky-homemade-instruments sound but with this whole African feel to it. Twelve minutes long and it just keeps travelling right on out there. Well worth hearing here:

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Thursday, 17 December 2009 22:55 (ten years ago) link

I just got a 3CD set by Circulasione Totale Orchestra, which is a biggish band led by saxophonist Frode Gjerstad - blaring free jazz mixed with electronics, plus the guitarist from Noxagt.

this is very good. manages to be continually involving over all 3CDs.

shining's 'grindstone' is easily my favourite RG album, not to mention one of my favourite albums of all time. incredible jazz/prog/metal/baroque lunacy.

m the g, Thursday, 17 December 2009 23:03 (ten years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Any thoughts on the recent Phonophani? Or anything else on the label, for that matter?

djh, Tuesday, 23 November 2010 20:58 (nine years ago) link

Mixed feelings about this label. Should love but...

I repeat - ...

Joseph Gordon-Levitation (admrl), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 21:01 (nine years ago) link

I'm actually surprised that you don't, admrl. Alog particularly seem right up your alley.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 21:05 (nine years ago) link

I know right

Joseph Gordon-Levitation (admrl), Tuesday, 23 November 2010 21:19 (nine years ago) link

nine months pass...

Lost track a bit. Have I missed anything good?

djh, Saturday, 10 September 2011 10:09 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...


Albatrosh - Yonkers CD
Alog - Unemployed CD/4LP
Jono El Grande - TBA
Elephant9 - Live LP
Scorch Trio with Mars Williams - Live LP

djh, Sunday, 25 September 2011 15:18 (eight years ago) link

Sat up far too late last night listening to Deathprod.

djh, Wednesday, 5 October 2011 15:07 (eight years ago) link

Alog - Unemployed CD/4LP

^ excited about this! Love Alog so much.

master musicians of jamiroquai (NickB), Wednesday, 5 October 2011 15:16 (eight years ago) link

Anyone hear the Susanna album from this year?

(Not sure what it says about a) me or b) Rune Grammofon but I'd have been more likely to pick it up had it been released on the latter).

djh, Wednesday, 5 October 2011 15:47 (eight years ago) link

I didn't. Is it all in Norwegian? Not sure if that's a good or bad thing actually.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 5 October 2011 15:49 (eight years ago) link

A new Susanna? When did this happen?

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 5 October 2011 16:11 (eight years ago) link

Didn't particularly like the sound of the samples for this at Amazon (though these could be missing a lot of the detail/production which makes her other recordings so special).

djh, Thursday, 6 October 2011 22:10 (eight years ago) link

That said, I am enjoying a Susanna revival.

Echo the excitement for new Alog.

djh, Sunday, 9 October 2011 20:31 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Another one:

djh, Thursday, 10 November 2011 23:09 (eight years ago) link

Was listening to this new RG title the other night--really enjoyed it:

The Small Feces (Craig D.), Thursday, 10 November 2011 23:51 (eight years ago) link

that last scorch trio was a little on the cack side "melaza" imo

iglu ferrignu, Friday, 11 November 2011 08:43 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

Anyone heard the new Susanna album?

djh, Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:20 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

Susanna: worth seeing live?

djh, Thursday, 6 September 2012 21:32 (seven years ago) link

(I feel slightly fearful that seeing her live will put me off her).

djh, Saturday, 8 September 2012 15:33 (seven years ago) link

Aside from this year's Susanna album, haven't bought any RG since Alog's Unemployed. Am I missing owt?

djh, Thursday, 20 September 2012 21:24 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Susanna was very good live. I was a bit fearful that I would be put off the albums but haven't been.

djh, Sunday, 14 October 2012 13:25 (seven years ago) link

the spunk albums are all amazing

iglu ferrignu, Sunday, 14 October 2012 13:45 (seven years ago) link

oh, btw,
shining's "grindstone" & "in the kingdom of kitsch..."
definitely worth a shot.
they devolved into a king crimson / meshuggah humourless prog-metal outfit after these two, but on these two we get digitally distorted melvinsisms, & maidenesque gallops which are interrupted by itchy/scratchy honking saxes & no wave fart funk rhythms, seesawing accordions, operatic bits, vocoder, theremin, swoony morricone-60's giallo-isms. it sounds like a recipe for a disaster ( which in my book = mr bungle ) however these are truly remarkable - through-composed albums - sublimely silly & ballsy.

iglu ferrignu, Monday, 15 October 2012 20:20 (seven years ago) link

re. Susanna live - I was struck by Deathprod's guitar playing ... or rather, his use of space/not playing. He knows when to be quiet.

djh, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 17:41 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

Not strictly Rune Grammofon but new Susanna: Susanna and Ensemble Neon - The Forester

Barely one year after the Rune Grammofon-release of critically acclaimed “Wild Dog”, Susanna returns with a new album. Released on her own label SusannaSonata on CD, vinyl and download in September 2013. Susanna is known for both her own songwriting, with songs such as ‘Believer’ and her huge range of highly personal interpretations of other people’s songs. She is an intensely arresting performer; holding audiences captive with her hypnotizing vocal timbre and the powerful, all consuming sound of her band, her concerts are truly magical. Active for more than a decade, through eight albums so far as Susanna and the Magical Orchestra/Susanna/Susanna Wallumrød, the Oslo based artist has recently been taking great steps towards greater independence and autonomy, while increasing the range of her considerable talents as a songwriter, vocal interpreter and producer. Combining the antique notes of the Baroque theorbo, woodwinds and strings, and Susanna’s sparse piano, ‘The Forester’ a co-production with the Norwegian Ensemble neoN – features Susanna’s strongest songwriting to date.

‘The Forester’ began to take shape when composers Julian Skar and Jan Martin Smørdal requested some material from her to arrange for the Norwegian contemporary music group Ensemble neoN. Picking from new tracks and several already released songs, the composers made new arrangements suited to the eight-piece group, and extended the title track into a fifteen-minute, three-part suite in which dark woods shroud a wanderer in a symbolic landscape of searching and loss. Being lost, or deliberately straying from the chosen path, are recurring themes on ‘The Forester’, whose subject matter ranges from disturbing natural environments to alien visitors, painted on an eerily exquisite canvas that recalls Mark Hollis, Tim Buckley, Kate Bush and Claude Debussy while remaining uniquely Susanna’s soundworld. Recorded entirely live in one single, emotionally intense day at Oslo’s legendary Rainbow Studio, produced by Deathprod and Susanna and engineered by Jan Erik Kongshaug. ‘The Forester’ captures Susanna’s composition, and all the nuances of her distinctive voice, in neoN’s deceptively simple chamber-folk tapestry. Rob Young (The Wire, author of Electric Eden)

1/The Forester I, II & III 2/ Hangout 3/Oh, I Am Stuck 4/Intruder 5/Lonely Heart

djh, Sunday, 3 November 2013 21:13 (six years ago) link

djh, Monday, 4 November 2013 20:30 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

You don't really expect Radiohead/Coldplay comparisons in RG press releases:

Stian Westerhus & Pale Horses: Maelstrom (CD/2LP)
CD –
PRICE: 119,00 NOK
2LP –
PRICE: 199,00 NOK

The 2LP vinyl edition includes an exclusive 10-minute track not available elsewhere.
The first 500 copies include the CD version of the album.

Stian Westerhus is best known as one of Northern Europe’s most fascinating abstract guitar stylists. His recent album Didymoi Dreams with vocalist Sidsel Endresen was a unique pairing of extreme guitar abuse with gibbering vocal explosions. As well as collaborations with Puma, Nils Petter Molvær, Jaga Jazzist, the Britten Sinfonia and others, he has released three acclaimed solo albums on Rune Grammofon since 2009. In Pale Horses, an electronic rock trio formed with keyboardist Øystein Moen (Jaga Jazzist) and drummer/percussionist Erland Dahlen, songs are given the freedom to ebb, flow, elongate and contract, much like a more improvised set. Breaking out of a verse-chorus mould, debut album Maelstrom is a deluge of fluid and highly emotive tracks that rely on the superb musicianship and unforgettable vocals of the leader, who proves himself capable of expressing pain and joy in equal measure. Perhaps the most obvious similarities – surprisingly – are with the experimental side of Radiohead and Coldplay, but you’ll also hear traces of Scottish bedroom romantics The Blue Nile and the psychedelic solemnity of late Talk Talk. A track like ‘Bed On Fire’, which rises from subtle digital textures to a full-on guitar solo, fully reveals these players’ exploratory backgrounds; while ‘Chasing Hills’ might have sat comfortably on Radiohead’s leftfield-swerving Kid A.

We do recommend the vinyl edition. In addition to the bonus track it sounds really good.

Released 28.03.14

djh, Monday, 3 March 2014 21:25 (six years ago) link

Minibus Pimps: "sounds something like a flock of rabid seagulls pecking flesh from rotting cadavers on a radioactive, post-apocalyptic beach invaded by alien craft," according to Boomkat.

djh, Wednesday, 5 March 2014 22:45 (six years ago) link

There will be a new Hedvig Mollestad Trio album, Enfant Terrible, in April.

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 22:52 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

Just been listening to this, on first listen it doesn't sound as good as the last one, but still pretty damn good.

xelab, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 21:04 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

New Susanna & Jenny Hval album coming up:

(Felt sure I had posted this so apologies if this is elsewhere, too).

djh, Tuesday, 29 July 2014 17:02 (five years ago) link

Great label. Recent Motorpsycho releases there find them at the top of their game, I think. Other faves:

Bushman's Revenge – A Little Bit Of Big Bonanza (2012)
Phaedra – The Sea (2011)
Bushman's Revenge – Thou Shalt Boogie! (2013)
Bushman's Revenge – Never Mind The Botox (2012)
El Doom & The Born Electric – El Doom & The Born Electric (2012)
Fire! Orchestra – Exit! (2013)
Hedvig Mollestad Trio – All Of Them Witches (2013)
Supersilent – 6 (Rune Grammafon, 2003)
Bushman's Revenge – Jitterbug (2010)
Hedvig Mollestad Trio – Shoot! (2011)
Svalastog – Woodwork (2006)
Supersilent – 8 (2007)
Huntsville – For The Middle Class (2006)
Elephant9 With Reine Fisk – Atlantis (2012)
Ultralyd – Inertiadrome (2010)
Thomas Strønen – Pohlitz (2006)

I haven't looked lately at what else they've come out with this year. Recommendations?

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 29 July 2014 17:15 (five years ago) link

The upcoming Fire! Orchestra album, Enter, is great. It's a studio disc, not a live one like Exit, but just as sprawling and awesome.

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 29 July 2014 17:17 (five years ago) link

Found two compilations I'd made ...

1. Alog - Drunk DJs
2. Svalastog - Reconnecting Joints
3. Phonophani - Cook Islands
4. Spunk - Thing That Hurts
5. Arve Henriksen - Opening Image
6. Information - Sufficient Sunlight
7. Spunk - Det ...
8. ? - Dance!
9. In The Country - Viggo
10. Biomekano - A Radical Co-ordination
11. ? - Holography
12. Alog - Idea Changing Liquid Alchemy
13. Phonophani - The Boiling Fjord Orchestra
14. Deathprod - Dead People's Things
15. Svalastog - The Wood Metal Friction
16. Alog - Fires for Burning

1. Deathprod - A Dream For Ted Greene
2. Arve Henriksen - No Horizon
3. Susanna - Goodbye
4. In The Country - Ashes to Ashes
5. Svalastog - Timberwork
6. Phonophani - Take Off Your Wooden Coat
7. ? - Neil
8. Phonophani - The Atlantic
9. Humcrush - Mono Hum (live)
10. In The Country - Everyone Live Their Life
11. Susanna - Forever
12. Alog/Spunk - Picnic Avec (live)
13. Alog - Son of A King
14. Susanna - Lay Your Love On Me

In the sort of geeky mood where I may end up compiling a third volume.

djh, Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:35 (five years ago) link

Will any one be buying the new Henriksen?

djh, Thursday, 7 August 2014 21:09 (five years ago) link

"Supersilent 12" coming in September.

djh, Tuesday, 12 August 2014 23:17 (five years ago) link

djh - do you mean chron / cosmic creation, or is there a newer one?
( chron / cosmic creation is flipin ace - frosty COLD hassellisms not so much trumpet, more textures )
both henriksen/ tatsihisa yamamoto / giovanni di domenico discs are way awesome and worth searching out.
been digging elephant9 recently (stale storlokken goes jon lord / hansson&karlsson via white hot rollicking fusiony whipcrack sense of rhythm)

massaman gai, Thursday, 14 August 2014 07:08 (five years ago) link

oh "places of worship"? that was perhaps a little bit "meh". all things being relative, though y'know pretty grand in the overall scheme of things despite the cloying (and "cloying" is sometimes a problem w/ henriksen) concept and one of his co-conspirators doing a sylvian-u-likey vocal

massaman gai, Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:48 (five years ago) link

There's a new one, The Nature of Connections, due next week or so.

djh, Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:20 (five years ago) link

ohh thanks didn't know. write-up on the RuneG site sounded a bit lacklustre, but the soundcloud tuneage turned me round:

massaman gai, Thursday, 14 August 2014 18:29 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

I know I ask this on an annual basis ... but any (new) recommendations?

I presume there are people who follow the label *properly*?

I'm mildly tempted by RCD2173 - Espen Eriksen Trio: Never Ending January.

djh, Sunday, 4 October 2015 21:20 (four years ago) link

^ Anyone heard this?

djh, Tuesday, 13 October 2015 16:40 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

It sounds nice from clips.

djh, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 21:24 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

Not technically Rune Gram but there's a new Susanna album on its way:

djh, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 12:08 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Hmm ...

Deathprod ‏@Deathprod · Apr 12

Deathprod and Supersilent will be joining the label Smalltown Supersound @supersound for future explorations. More news to come.

djh, Saturday, 16 April 2016 20:28 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

This sounds nice, from the clip:

djh, Monday, 12 June 2017 19:08 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

"I know I ask this on an annual basis ... but any (new) recommendations?"

Also, there's a new Susanna album of covers (Not on RG) coming up plus a Bonnie Prince Billy album of Susanna covers ...

Have been playing the first compilation mentioned above (in 2014) this evening.

djh, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 22:09 (two years ago) link

Ridiculous thought for the evening: might try and compile the Supersilent albums I own into a single disc "Best of".

djh, Friday, 3 November 2017 23:13 (two years ago) link

"I know I ask this on an annual basis ... but any (new) recommendations?"

The Terje Rypdal-tribute cd "Sky Music" is pretty good.

EvR, Sunday, 5 November 2017 20:22 (two years ago) link

Thanks - will check it out.

djh, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 22:24 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

I put the first of those (homemade) compilations on Spotify, as my original CD is unplayable. There are a couple of gaps where I've not been able to figure out tracks:

djh, Sunday, 5 April 2020 09:04 (two months ago) link

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