After their critically acclaimed debut Irun (Tuba Records, 2003) people thought Kiruna dissolved when other projects with Madrugada and Xploding Plastix, and producing for JagaJazzist, Marit Larsen, Hanne Hukkelberg, Shining and Heroes and Zeros became largely successful. But in free moments, Kiruna booked different studios and recorded an enormous amount of new material.
While Irun was recorded on a mini-disc player in a barn deep in the woods, Tarasarus was made in large studios such as Rainbow and Propeller to develop and expand the bands sound. The line-up was also expanded; ex.Gluecifer guitarist Rolf Yngve Uggen took part on one session and Xploding Plastix members Hallvard Wennersberg Hagen and Jens Petter Nilsen added electronics on another one.
Tarasarus carries the mindset of the music scene of the 60's and 70's into 2007. Experiencing Kiruna's music and live performances you can see and hear the inspirations from Miles Davis Bitches Brew and Dark Magus records, while at the same time the rock groove draws your attention to Black Sabbath and Soft Machine. Another inspiration one can hear is the improvisation approach taken from the art movements Fluxus and Nouveau Realisme's musicians and artists like John Cage and Stockhausen. The band walk into the studio without any set plan and develop musical ideas through free improvisation. The only guideline is their musical insight and freedom at their instruments.
The result is Tarasarus, one of the most honest albums made in Norway after the cold war, certified to contain no compromises. The genre can be described as free, psychedelic, noize rock.
Tarasarus is released on CD/Gatefold 2 LP and Itunes on 8. October through Plastic Strip Press/Muskkoperatørene in Norway, P-Vine Records in Japan, Light in the Attic Records in USA, F-Minor in England and Boogaloop Records in Spain and France.