Album review: Textura

Utopian Tales may be the most adventurous outing yet by Bergen-based guitarist Stein Urheim, even if it might be more accurate to christen it a release by the outfit assembled for it, The Cosmolodic Orchestra. Credited with guitars, vocals, tambura, Turkish tanbur, bass, samples, and electronics, Urheim’s the one in charge, but the six musicians joining him—vocalist Mari Kvien Brunvoll (with whom he’s issued three duo albums), trumpeter Per Jørgensen, woodwinds player Kjetil Møster, double bassist Ole Morten Vågan, Modular synth player Jørgen Træen, and drummer Kåre Opheim—are as critical to the album’s sound as the leader.

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