Norwegian band Serena Maneesh release their debut album in the UK and are gearing up for the UK festival season.
Serena Maneesh have released their debut self-titled album which has been described as "eleven songs that slide down a razor’s edge of distortion and pop whimsy, raucous guitar work and underwater static, angelic voices and primal screams. The strange melodies are strikingly original, yet they strike to the heart of something familiar: a classic rock guitar lick, a wound, a kiss."
Serena Maneesh say they are as much about exploring sound as crafting song: "Working in both horizontal and vertical layers, head musician Emil Nikolaisen creates tuneful paradoxes, infinite yet time-bound. His meticulous compositions balance whispery female vocals and underlying violin with driving guitar rock, distorted samples, and chant-like repetition."
The album was completed in half a year in various cities such as Chicago, (at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio), Oslo, New York City and Stockholm. It was mixed by, among others, Martin Bisi (Swans, Sonic Youth) and Nikolaisen employed several of his sisters (Elvira and Hilma), friends (Sufjan Stevens and Daniel Smith of the Danielson Famile), and musicians Lina Holström on female vocals, Eivind Schou on violin, Sondre Tristan Midttun on guitar, and Tommy Akerholdt on drums. To read The Independent's reveiew of the album, click here.
The band will appear at both the Reading and Leeds festivals this summer.