Why would ØLTEN release a new record ? Their previous one is far from obsolete! To be honnest, I never thought I’d need another. Their self-titled EP still sit proudly on my desk. It looks like my grandma’s ancient dresser : it’s built to last, assembled too carefully, impossible to move. It reminds me of these massive furnitures from the old days, when cabinetmakers were really willing to produce solid looking, patiently handcrafted and reliable furnitures you would only yield to your grandchildren when they get their fifth baby. ØLTEN’s organic rock is like the finest forest wood, the older and the dryer it gets, the better it sounds. So frankly, now that I already own one, why would I bother getting another ? Simply because it is bigger, crunchier, heavier, louder, longer and olten-er. As a passionate broker I don’t need it – but I desire it. Is there a weight limit to their art ? What am I gonna do with all that firewood ? What if my entire flat ends up being too small for their lumbermen riffs? Well, I guess the guys from ØLTEN just don’t give a shit – all three of them are giants already.
recorded at Studio Mécanique in La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH) by Julien Fehlmann assisted by Guillaume Boillat
vocals on “gloom” recorded in a private studio in Los Angeles, CA, USA. engineered by steady Eddie.
mixed by Julien Fehlmann at Studio Mécanique in la Chaux-de-fonds (CH)
mastered by Magnus Lindberg at Magnus Lindberg Productions in Umeå (SWE)
artwork by Laurent Güdel
photographs by Michal Florence Schorro