THULE – NATT (1990)
The Honningsvåg band Thule, which started in 1983, is probably marginally better known outside the world than here at home, as part of the Scandinavian new-prog movement which is still strong internationally. Still, despite a low profile at home, Thule's 1990 album Natt ended up on Morgenbladet's list of Norway's best record releases - even in a solid 54th place. Natt was created during the dark hours in Honningsvåg, recorded on an 8-track cassette recorder. It is the sound of desperation, existential anxiety, anger, and precisely darkness - but also hope and beauty. A place where the sensual life of post-punk meets the structures of prog rock. Natt was album number two on the tiny Skiens label Colors, which also released prog rock giants such as Änglagård and Dungen's predecessor, Landberk. In the album's handwritten liner notes, it is stated that it is a "crisis production", which probably reveals a bit of the musicians' state of mind when they recorded Natt.