Release Date: October 8th 2018
The band MoE (Guro Skumsnes Moe, Håvard Skaset and Joakim Heibø Johansen) and electronic noise aviator Lasse Marhaug are both prolific staples of the Norwegian music scene on their own, but have over the years also collaborated on various other projects. Most recent on the Skaset/Moe acoustic side project Sult, that resulted in the notable album «Harpoon»(rated as one of the best experimental albums in The Rolling Stone Magazine in 2016), and Marhaug and Skumsnes Moe’s work on the soundtrack to the Mexican film “The Untamed” directed by Amat Escalante, which this year won best film at the Mexican movie awards: Premios Ariel.
Capsaicin explores the fissures left by the minimalist drone metal , those places where it is not yet stepped on, where strange sound textures produced by DIY machines, low frequencies and electromagnetic transductions fit.
For “Capsaicin” the four musicians team up for a four-part meltdown that takes their mutual passion for monolithic sound blocks to new extremes. The piece starts with a lone sludge bass, and as guitar, percussion and electronics in order join the piece slowly builds to a swirling mass of frequencies that keep mutating throughout its 78 minute duration. This is not easy listening, “Capsaicin” does not settle into the comfort of drones – plateaus are established, explored and abandoned. The choice of title for the album is a less-than-subtle clue to the music’s intent: capsaicin is the component that gives chili peppers its burning sensation.
“Capsaicin” came together through a series of live and studio sessions in the period 2016-18, and was arranged and produced by Marhaug in his studio in Bodø.
Capsaicin part 1
Capsaicin part 2
Capsaicin part 3
Capsaicin part 4
– Dramatikker Hus (Live), Oslo, June 2016.
– Caliban Studios (Studio) Oslo, August 2016 by Jostein Skaret
– Nødutgang Festivalen/Sinus (Live) Bodø, October 2016 by Nora Fiona Erksen
Arranged and Produced by: Lasse Marhaug
Co-released by: Substrata and Conradsound Norway
Based in Oslo, Norway, the band MoE is known for mixing minimalistic compositions with alternative and experimental approaches that fails to fit in the noise rock sub-genre.
With a highly adventurous spirit, the band goes into the terrains of noise rock always in search for expanding the possibilities of sound integrating elements and sonorities that was never explored in the genre.
MoE seeks the absolute presence in the execution of the music. Loud and violently, they molest their instruments and brings the listener closer to a healthy insanity produced by doses of loud amplitude.
The touring has become one of the most distinguible remarks of the band and independent scenes in countries such as Mexico, China , Japan, Malaysia, Thailand , Australia and lots of countries that have welcomed the presence of the band.
Lasse is a Norwegian musician who primarily works in the field of noise music but frequently drifts into other areas such as improvisation, jazz, rock and extreme metal. Marhaug has also been involved in creating music for theatre, dance, art installations and video art. Active since the early 1990s, he has participated as a performer and composer on over 200 releases in CD, vinyl and cassette tape formats.
Marhaug tours extensively, and is a frequent collaborator. He currently participates in the projects Nash Kontroll (with Mats Gustafsson and Dror Feiler), DEL, and Testicle Hazard. Defunct projects include Jazkamer/Jazzkammer, Origami Replika and Lasse Marhaug Band.
Other collaborative partners include Tore Honoré Bøe, Marc Broude, Anla Courtis, Carlos Giffoni, John Hegre, Kommissar Hjuler und Frau, Merzbow, Paal Nilssen-Love, Nordvargr, Maja Ratkje, The Skull Defekts, Ronnie Sundin, Sunn O))), Ken Vandermark, Jon Wesseltoft, Runhild Gammelsæter, John Wiese and Jenny Hval.
He is also a regular collaborator of the mexican filmmaker Amat Escalante with soundtracks for contemporary mexican movies such as Heli and The Untamed.