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Rural Tapes releases new single ‘Waltz for the living dead

RURAL TAPES

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‘WALTZ FOR THE LIVING DEAD’
BRAND NEW SINGLE RELEASED
LISTEN HERE

INNER SPACE MUSIC
NEW ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 18TH
VIA SMUGGLER MUSIC
AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER HERE

LIVE STREAM PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED
DECEMBER 7TH 2022, 7PM GMT VIA VIER.LIVE
ACCESS ON SALE NOW HERE

Rural Tapes has released the brand new single ‘Waltz for the living dead’, taken from his forthcoming second album Inner Space Music out November 18th via Smuggler Music. The album is available to pre-order here.



‘Waltz for the living dead’ is a darkly curious instrumental track. It evokes the sense of a noir film score with its wide sweeping strings, warm yet cavernous brass and solemn percussion, all amongst the trippy mellotron and reverberating synths.

Rural Tapes is the moniker of the Norwegian producer and multi-instrumentalist Arne Kjelsrud Mathisen. Regarding the single he says, “I think this tune holds a clear Rural Tapes DNA, the moods and the melodies continue some of the filmatic aesthetics from my debut. Some would probably say it’s a nod back to the 70s and I can’t disagree on that.”

‘Waltz for the living dead’ follows the recent release of lead single ‘Arkestra piece for hard-working ants’. Coming in at just under eight minutes, the instrumental aural delight is a blend of krautrock, jazz and ambient soundscapes. The ingenious odyssey is a beautiful intense mix of horns, psych mellotron and brisk percussion.

Inner Space Music follows the release of his hugely acclaimed self-titled debut in 2021. Rural Tapes crossed sounds and influences between Kraftwerk, Air, Tortoise and Serge Gainsbourg in masterful fashion capturing the hearts of the likes of GQ, MOJO, Uncut, Shindig, Prog, The Independent, Electronic Sound, Computer Music and more. This time on Inner Space Music references can also be found in the realms of Can, Raymond Scott, far out George Harrison and Joe Meek in a grandiose collection of 10 tracks.

On the new album Arne plays organs, synthesizers, mellotron, drums, percussion, gamelan, trombone, and tuba. As a member of The No Ones, Arne has played alongside R.E.M. members Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck for years. Having joined him on Rural Tapes, the pair once again bring their esteemed musicianship to Inner Space Music, with Peter Buck playing bass, and Scott McCaughey on piano.

The new album features a number of further high-profile musicians to build the sonic tapestry including The Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn, The Ladybug Transistor’s Gary Olson on trumpet as well as PJ Harvey saxophonist Terry Edwards who also performed on Rural Tapes.

They are also joined by Kristine Tjøgersen (clarinet, bass clarinet), Lars Løberg Tofte (bass), Marin Stallemo Bakke (violins), Sigurd Thomassen (acoustic guitar) and Øystein Braut (electric guitar).

While the debut album Rural Tapes was created over a period of almost 10 years, the music on Inner Space Music has been composed and recorded during one intense month in January 2022 in Mathisen’s own studio Nygrenda Vev & Dur in Norway.

A special Rural Tapes live stream performance has been announced to be beamed straight from Nygrenda Vev & Dur, where Arne will perform tracks from the new album live for the first time alongside Lars Løberg Tofte, Sigurd Thomassen and Øystein Braut. The performance will happen at 7pm GMT on December 7th and access can be purchased here.

Rural Tapes has also announced Scandinavian live dates for 2022 and 2023. Full dates are listed below.

2022 TOUR DATES
23.11 – Vegabryggeriet, Gøteborg
24.11 – Blå, Oslo
25.11 – Vaktbua, Kristiansand
01.12 – Tou Scene, Stavanger
02.12 – Munkehaugen, Arendal
03.12 – Banken, Lillesand 
07.12 – Nygrenda Vev & Dur, Grimstad

2023 TOUR DATES
10.03 – Raw Ocean Lodge, Karmøy
11.03 – Ogna Scene, Ogna
17.03 – Dølen Scene, Evje
18.03 – Risør Jazzklubb, Risør

INNER SPACE MUSIC TRACK LISITING

  1. Inner space
  2. Candystore
  3. Bossa nova for the contrails of my tears
  4. Waltz for the living dead
  5. 5-a-side
  6. Listen
  7. Sea urchins
  8. Arkestra piece for hard-working ants
  9. Music for shadows to follow
  10. Leaving inner space
ACCLAIM FOR RURAL TAPES
 
“A level of its very own”
MOJO
 
“Rural Tapes delights in the unexpected. At every turn, you encounter something new, something to be marvelled over. Kjelsrud Mathisen has said he wants this music to stand the test of time. It will.”
The Independent
 
“A dreamy self-titled debut full of broad soundscapes… Melding smooth jazz with floaty puffs of synth, the album is both meditative and uplifting, the sort of soundtrack you might expect from a dream sequence in a 1970s film.”
GQ Magazine
 
“From the first notes of this debut album from respected Norwegian producer Arne Kjelsrud Mathisen, you know you’re in for a treat. As Rural Tapes he makes rich, warm technicolour soundtracks… it really is delightful stuff.”
Electronic Sound
 
“This is an excellent debut album.”
Prog Magazine
 
“Mathison’s musical pedigree makes Rural Tapes an intriguing musical journey of an album that takes in pulsating Krautrock, neo-classical moods and dreamy, proggy pop, all formed through an intuitive composition process.”
Shindig Magazine

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Martin is a founding member of Patchchord News and is Director & Editor-in-Chief for PCN Magazine / Patchchord News Martin also is a Freelance Photographer and lives in the Scottish Borders Scotland. Martin also specialises in Commercial Photography in Music & Events, Sports and Portrait Photography and Video. Also the Official Photographer for Football Club Maybole Juniors.
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