Bio: Husky Rescue is composer Marko Nyberg communicating a world of magic, beauty, spiritual awareness, and the idea of a hopeful sect sharing a common world-view to his listeners. This "sect ... (more)
Bio: Husky Rescue is composer Marko Nyberg communicating a world of magic, beauty, spiritual awareness, and the idea of a hopeful sect sharing a common world-view to his listeners. This "sect" of course being the group itself, a collective of close friends as much as musicians. The Finnish band's third album on Catskills Records, "Ship of Light", will be released in October 2010 in the US.
Husky Rescue started their international career in 2004 with style. Their debut "Country Falls" introduced the pop-savvy and compositional stylings of Marko Nyberg, the Helsinki-based ensemble's primus motor. Essential to the Husky Rescue sound was also Reeta-Leena Korhola on vocals, delivering each line with remarkable intensity and emotion. The cinematic sceneries found on the debut were further expanded on 2006's "Ghost is Not Real".
After releasing and touring the first two Husky albums, Nyberg at first didn't have a clear-cut blueprint for the evolution of the band's sound. But learning about a reported UFO sighting near his home just outside central Helsinki further turned his interest towards nature, thus propelling a new wave of inspiration. He sees hope and beauty in the Northern surroundings, and embarking on a solitary songwriting trip to Lapland early on in the process was a crucial decision in the making of "Ship of Light".
Another important feature of the album's strikingly innovative sound is the use of instrumentation that Nyberg feels a personal connection to. One of his tools-of-the-trade is the rare Memorymoog, an organ-like instrument yielding a sound like no other. Nyberg remembers longing after one in childhood, and he stumbled upon one before starting on the third Husky album. His Memorymoog sound of choice on the recording sessions was number 74, coincidentally also his year of birth.
Opening up a new chapter in the Husky Rescue saga, "Ship of Light" sounds familiar yet strikingly fresh and unique to those who've discovered the band during their first two albums. The current edition of Husky Rescue occupies its space more actively, getting under the listeners' skin in a style reminiscent of an aural representation of postmodern film noir. More intense in ambience, the album also comes across as more communal in terms of the band's mutual communication. Indeed, they recorded bits an pieces of it at remote cottages and the like, prompting Nyberg to call the ensemble "a contemporary musical congregation".
Cuts such as the first single 'We Shall Burn Bright' stand as ample evidence of this. They are sonically rich and filled with the class A musical handicraft evident on every ounce of the album. The songs each sit comfortably within the framework, while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of the frame they're working in.
The Husky Rescue sound mk3 is live, inviting the listener into aural adventures not easily pinpointed at any one location, genre, or scene. The imagined open spaces coming through from the music could as well be in Finland, Norway or Nevada.
"Ship of Light" is about a transition into something better. Marko Nyberg and his trusty Huskies recorded the album's opening soundscape "First Call" in the middle of a forest on a dark autumn night, using wooden flakes on a string. This ancient sound instrument is used traditionally to keep evil spirits away, and the Husky songsmith sees a strong thematical connection here.
Furthermore, "Ship of Light" is a celebration of old school musical craftsmanship at work. As the Swedish studio engineer Niklas Flyckt fittingly pointed out to Nyberg when mixing tracks on the album, "your drums sound shit but you know it". Why aim for something sterile when you can make it life-like? (less)