With SOLSTEIN‘s self-titled debut full-length album due out on the 7th July, Is it Jazz? Records have today released a single that gives fans a taste of what they can expect from multi-instrumentalist Jacob Holm-Lupo’s new project.
Titled “Hamada”, the track features SOLSTEIN’s core lineup of Stian Larsen (MARTE EBERSON, SMITH KOMMA JOHN) on lead guitar, Keith Carlock (STEELY DAN, TOTO) on drums and Jacob Holm-Lupo (WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL) on bass, rhythm guitars and keyboards. Joining them on “Hamada” are American synth wizard Bill Bressler on lead synth and Fender Rhodes, Martin Windstad (KURT NILSEN, BIGBANG, ANE BRUN) on percussion, and INA A who provides some wordless vocal harmonies.
The name “Hamada” is partly inspired by plane trips over the breathtaking landscape of the Eilat Desert. On the Eastern side you can see the red rocks of Jordan, whilst the high plains desert landscape of the Hamada of the Eilat Desert are directly beneath you, and the endless deserts of the Sinai are to your West.
“Hamada” can be downloaded or streamed from a number of services at https://link.isitjazzrecords.no/Solstein_Hamada
SOLSTEIN was formed after Holm-Lupo and Carlock had collaborated with legendary guitarist Georg Wadenius on a track for Holm-Lupo’s DONNER project. Finding that together they jelled, the duo decided to expand the lineup with the addition of Larsen and keyboardist Brynjar Dambo (WHITE WILLOW).
Inspired by jazz-rock, funk, prog rock and chill-out, SOLSTEIN’s is an instrumental form of rock, where jazz harmony combines with proggy arrangements and soul/funk grooves. The end result is laid back and elegant, oscillating between funky fusion and rock, where all the musicians involved are given free rein to do whatever they feel the music needs and feels right to everyone.
The album itself is accessible yet adventurous, colourful, groovy and engaging. It melds the groovier side of fusion with elements of prog and funk, but which, rather than having the standard 2020s fusion sound, tends more towards the funkier, more melodic spectrum that brings artists like THE CRUSADERS, IDRIS MUHAMMED, early BOB JAMES and 70s HERBIE HANCOCK to mind.
“Solstein” will be available in CD, Digital and LPC formats and can now be pre-ordered from:
Is it Jazz Records: Webshop: https://isitjazzrecords.no/
Karisma Records Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/shop/
“Solstein” was mixed and given pristine analogue mastering at Holm-Lupo’s Dude Ranch Studio, and with artwork by Martina Wilek, track listing is as follows:
- Oriental Folk Song
- The Night Owl
- February 9th
- The Creeper
For those curious as to where the name SOLSTEIN comes from, the word actually means Sunstone, and it refers to a relatively rare rock containing copper-red crystals, which, when seen from different angles refracts the light in a very beautiful way. The most significant deposits of the rock are found along the southern coast of Norway where Holm-Lupo lives and runs his studio.
More information about SOLSTEIN can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/solsteinband