Leon : It currently seems to be a trend to play old-fashioned progressive rock when you’re a Scandinavian band, I’ve recently seen a number of bands that meet these criteria. This also applies to Jordsjø, a band from Oslo, Norway that was inspired by old horror films, German synthesizer music from the seventies, Swedish progressive rock, fantasy stories, and Norwegian nature. That is quite a bit of inspiration. Initially the band released three cassettes (yes you read it right) before the group’s first ‘real’ album came out under the name 'Jord'. The band, however, wanted to release the old work on CD as well, so it was decided that the cassettes "Jordsjø", "Jordsjø II", and "Songs From The Northern Wasteland" should be placed on a compilation album. The album is released this year and therefore fell on my doormat for a review.
Let me first say that I am not a fan of older Scandinavian progressive rock, I don’t understand why there are so many Nordic bands that are inspired by this. I don’t think it would surprise you to learn that I don’t particularly like "Jordsjø". I don’t understand the dated sound on the album, why would we want to create an old-fashioned sound in 2018? Will this make the album better? Maybe it's me, and I just don’t understand it. Other than this I think the compositions are okay, not bad but certainly not earth-shattering, and also from an instrumental point of view it is certainly not bad what the band did. Actually, the vocals, together with the dated sound and the cheap flutes, are the biggest roadblocks of the album, they aren’t strong at all and on the second part of the album all vocals are sang in Norwegian (which I don’t understand at all).
I could write more about it but I think it’s clear that I don’t think it is a strong album. Maybe this album will be better appreciated by fans of older progressive rock, with flutes and organs, but you won’t make me happy with this. That being said, there are instrumental pieces to be found in the music that are quite interesting and I wonder what an album of Jordsjø would sound like if they made a more modern sounding progressive rock album with a better singer. Who knows if we’ll ever get that, I won’t hold my breath in any case.