“…just downright beautiful.” - The 405
Einar Stray Orchestra's have released their latest album, Politricks, via Sinnbus/Rough Trade. Since the release of Einar Stray’s debut album Chiaroscuro, the Norwegian five-piece have become a critically acclaimed collective and their latest album is released under their new name, Einar Stray Orchestra.
The album's title track was premiered on The Line Of Best Fit and you can now download and stream it via the Sinnbus SoundCloud page or via the embed below.
The video for album title track and single Politricks was premiered on The 405 and you can now watch it on YouTube along with the video for album track 'Pockets Full Of Holes'. You can also watch a behind the scenes documentary filmed by Norwegian director Jørgen Nordby which includes four new tracks taken from the forthcoming album.
If you'd like to catch the band's captivating sound live, then they'll be playing their only UK show at The Islington tonight, Monday 6th October. Tickets are available via See Tickets.
Growing up is one of the album’s main themes, which can be heard from the offset. Politricks begins with eerie eight minute track ‘Honey’ taking you on a journey of darkness and desperation. Second track and single, ’Politricks’, puts childhood beliefs and hero worship under the microscope, telling the story of a transition from innocent youth to the not-so-innocent adult world, dealing with disillusion and perception at the same time. The album then continues its journey, with stripped down tracks such as ‘For The Country’ and ‘Qualia’ introducing a more folk-like sound, not dissimilar to the likes of Iron and Wine and dominated by a heartfelt string section. In contrast, tracks like ‘Pockets Full of Holes’ and ‘Montreal’ reflect the happiness of adolescence with a stunning layering of instruments and unique time signatures.
The album is a tapestry of different emotions and the result of the journey Einar Stray has taken from humble indie beginnings to where they are now, Einar Stray Orchestra - a band with heart and substance, taking their underground status and rising beyond the sum of their parts.
Politricks is out now via Sinnbus/Rough Trade. It's available to buy digitally via iTunes and physically via the band's official site.