Sunday 17 September 2017
Thule - Natt (1990)
The second album from this Norwegian band.
Thule was a quartet on this album with a lineup of organ, synths, bass, drums, guitars, accordion, percussion, harmonica and Norwegian lyrics.
Thule lives and made this album just a few miles south of North Cape, the most northern point in Europe. That is where they were living throughout their career and five albums.
Back in August 2009, I reviewed their debut album Ultima Thule (from 1987). You will find my review here. That was a very good and very promising debut album. I am always on the look for more Thule albums so I may review their other albums if I find them too.
Back to Natt, though. The band explores a frosty, almost gothic landscape on this album. The music is pretty heavy, a bit post-punk and a bit gothic. There is also a lot of Scandinavian symphonic prog in their music. Anglagard springs to mind. The emphasis is on atmosphere and ambience here. Something the vocals really supports. The vocals are good and very fitting for this music.
There are one very good song here called Tægn. This song has a very good melody with some great guitar harmonies too. The rest of the album is decent to good. Mostly good though.
Thule is a very strange bird, even in Norway. But this is a good album and one fans of Scandinavian prog rock should seek out.