August 2006 - It was a warm summer’s night when The White Birch left the stage at Off Festival in Myslowice, Poland close to midnight. After 10 years band history and four records they played the last show this evening and broke up.
4 years before in 2002 The White Birch released their masterpiece „Star Is Just A Sun“ with Glitterhouse Records. It was a mystical album, quiet and fluent - complecting Cale, Drake and Godspeed You Black Emperor. They started touring and reached bigger audiences. Soon the trite label, „The Norwegian Sigur Ros“ vanished and The White Birch became known as a trademark of ist own.
After that they released „Come Up For Air“ (2005) followed by the afore-mentioned farewell show in Poland. The Wikipedia status shortly changed from “are a band” to “was a band”.
The White Birch though survived in the heart and mind of Ola Flottum who won’t forsake his band. Neither in the wintry Oslo of 2008, nor in the summer of 2010, not either in the spring of 2012.
Besides that, Ola Flottum started composing music for films, learned bit by bit how to accompany pictures with his music, and spent further on most of time by writing film scores. „It has taken 9 years, many songs have been thrown out the window before I eventually found my 12 chosen ones. During these years I’ve lost my mother, started a family, raised two kids, and bought a house in Oslo were I’ve recorded most of the album in the basement. “, he says. And so he turned all that what life gave and took from him into music, sometimes almost unnoticeable tones and soundscapes.
The Weight Of Spring. The world as we see it. A long road. In the end Darkness will prevail. „Once I was just a boy with the urge to destroy. I did not read these newborn sparks through the wilting trees, I could only see the dark as it came.”
Edited by 01010100 on 1 Mar 2015, 15:04
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