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Tromsø, Norway

Alog is the brainchild of Espen Sommer Eide and Dag-Are Haugan. One dark and snow-stormy day in the winter of 1997, the band was born in a basement of a Kindergarten in Tromsø - a city located in the far north of Norway. This day a string of happy coincidences led them to meet up for a session of tablas and guitar, of which they had no idea would evolve into a creative burst of ideas, involving all kinds of found instruments and collected sounds. The set of 4-track recordings of these dark-but-warm winter constellations eventually made it onto Alog’s debut release on Rune Grammofon, entitled Red Shift Swing . In 2001 they followed up with the critically acclaimed Duck-Rabbit CD.

The Duck-Rabbit is a famous gestalt psychological figure representing both a duck and a rabbit depending upon the point of view. The record showcases Alog’s unique combination of genres, often described as “listener friendly” electronica meets avant-garde jazz and contemporary composition. This shifting and switching character is an essential part of the Alog ethos. Even the very word Alog has this shifting quality, never settling into one meaning but playing with the stems of a large collection of interconnected words like analog, digital, dialog, logical, analogy, allegory and so on. Alog promises always to strive for the unexpected and surprising - the unsettling and unnerving quality of sound that escapes any final categorisation.

“A tangle of lines and a mix of musical languages result - it’s Techno, minimalism, electronica, post-rock. It’s original, it’s derivative, it’s spontaneous, it’s contrived.” - Julian Cowley, The Wire Magazine, UK


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