Karisma Records have released a stunning new version of “Silent Night” by Oslo’s Progressive Pop/Rockers OAK. The single presents an entirely new arrangement of the Christmas classic, with piano taking the lead in the delicate instrumentation, which, when paired with its haunting vocals, produces a completely original version of the seasonal favourite.
Originally formed as a folk-rock duo, OAK’s lineup now features Simen Valldal Johannessen on vocals, piano, keys and lyrics, Sigbjørn Reiakvam on bass, acoustic / electric guitars, banjo, keys and programming, and Øystein Sootholtet on Drums, percussion, programming and keys. They are joined on “Silent Night” by Stephan Hvinden and Ole Michael Bjørndal on guitars.
“Silent Night” was recorded at the Ljugekroken Studio by Øystein and Sigbjørn, mixed by Sigbjørn, and mastered by Jacob Holm Lupo.
With cover artwork by Deformat and photo by Anne Marie Forker “Silent Night”, can be streamed or downloaded from various services at: https://link.karismarecords.no/Oak_SilentNight
OAK’s members all come from diverse musical backgrounds, giving the band the considerable advantage of being able to draw on skills that range from classical piano to electronica, prog and hard rock, smattered with references to the alternative scene as well as progressive rock. The band’s meticulously crafted sound , with its use of electronics and low bass frequencies, presents the listener with music that is neither wholly progressive pop, nor progressive rock, but is, rather, a happy amalgam of both.
A video of OAK playing the title track from their 2018 album “False Memory Archive” live at the Night of Prog Festival can be seen at https://youtu.be/F5_R6eV2jmA