Vestland, Vestland – Single

2017

“Vestland, Vestland” is an energetic pop rock tune with a chorus that you want you hear again even before the first listening is over. The song is a nuanced, warm greeting to the part of Norway where Tom Roger grew up: ” I can see you within me / I can hear you wherever I go / There’s no pain that you can’t soothe / You make me whole, that’s what you do”.

“Vestland, Vestland” has been produced by Lars Voldsdal and recorded at Velvet Recording with Kjetil Steensnæs (guitar, baritone guitar, pedal steel), Sigbjørn Apeland (Hammond organ), Tor Egil Kreken (bass, banjo) and Erland Dahlen (drums, percussion). In addition Oslo Strings contributes: Lise Voldsdal (violin, backing vocals, string arrangement), Ragnhild Lien (violin), Isa Caroline Holmesland (viola) and Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen (cello). Lars Voldsdal has mixed, the mastering has been done by Björn Engelmann at Cutting Room, Stockholm, while the artwork is by Raffaele Malanga, Far Studios, London.

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Sommaren utan ende – Single

2017

This time Tom Roger Aadland has simply made a catchy, melodic pop song with a bright, yet warm sound, and with a slightly wistful feelgood factor. As the title implies, the song is about that summer – some time when you were 14-15-16 years – that you thought would last forever, but which is never coming back. “Four-five fishes, two-three loaves of bread, a flock of seagulls in the middle of the fiord/My brothers with a cigarette in his mouth, crouched over the boat engine”. A song about “girls that overnight turned into wondrous angels” and “boys that just as fast shot like misadjusted flower stalks”.

“Sommaren utan ende” has been produced and mixed by Lars Voldsdal and recorded at Velvet Recording with Kjetil Steensnæs (guitars), Sigbjørn Apeland (hammond organ), Tor Egil Kreken (bass) and Erland Dahlen (drums). Also featured is the fine string ensemble Oslo Strings: Lise Voldsdal (violin and string arrangement),  Ragnhild Lien (violin), Isa Caroline Holmesland (viola) and Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen (cello). The mastering has been done by Björn Engelmann, Cutting Room, Stockholm and the artwork is by Raffaele Malange, Far Studios, London.

Blondt i blondt

2016

Tom Roger Aadland has translated Bob Dylan’s masterpiece Blonde on Blonde into Norwegian and recorded the classic songs together with some of his favourite musicians. The result is Blondt i blondt. Seven years after his success album Blod på spora, Aadland again turns his attention to popular music’s most important songwriter.

Produced by Lars Voldsdal
Recorded and mixed by Kjetil Ulland at ABC Studio, Etne
Mastered by Björn Engelmann at Cutting Room, Stockholm

Tom Roger Aadland: vocals, harmonica, guitar, piano, hammond organ
Kjetil Steensnæs: guitars, dobro, pedal steel, banjo, piano, backing vocals
Sigbjørn Apeland: harmonium, hammond organ
Tor Egil Kreken: bass, banjo, electric guitar, backing vocals
Erland Dahlen: drums, percussion, glockenspiel, saw, rhodes, backing vocals

Design & web: Raffaele Malanga, Far Studios, London
Photo: Arash Taheri

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Eg må ha deg – Single

2016

“Eg må ha deg” has been produced by Lars Voldsdal and recorded at ABC Studio, Etne, with some of Norway’s finest rock musicians. Erland Dahlen (drums, percussion), Tor Egil Kreken (bass, backing vocals) and Kjetil Steensnæs (guitar, piano, backing vocals) also played on Aadland’s critically acclaimed album “Rapport frå eit grensehotell”. This time they were joined by Sigbjørn Apeland (Hammond organ). Kjetil Ulland at ABC Studio has mixed and Björn Engelmann at Cutting Room, Stockholm has mastered the track.

Rapport frå eit grensehotell

2015

Rock poet Tom Roger Aadland’s new album Rapport frå eit grensehotell deals with human loneliness and yearning for love. The sound is darker and dirtier than previously; it’s more rock and less folk. The music shifts from gothic soundscapes via aching melancholy to energetic rock. It is atmospheric, dark and beautiful, and it’s cinematic. It is Norwegian Western Gothic at its most captivating. Producer Lars Voldsdal (Madrugada, Hellbillies) has mixed the album, which has been mastered by legendary Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York.

Produced by Lars Voldsdal
Mixed by Lars Voldsdal
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York

Tom Roger Aadland: vocals, guitar, harmonica
Kjetil Steensnæs: electric and acoustic guitars, pedal steel, backing vocals
David Wallumrød: piano, Hammond, Clavinet, Prophet5
Tor Egil Kreken: bass, backing vocals
Erland Dahlen: drums, percussion
Lise Voldsdal: string arrangements, violin, viola
Lars Voldsdal: mando-guitar, electric guitar
Grethe Svensen: backing vocals
Robert Post: backing vocals
Raffaele Malanga: backing vocals

Design: Raffaele Malanga, Far Studios, London
Photo: Edgar G. Bachel

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Fløyel og stål

2012

Fløyel og stål was written in South Africa the winter of 2011/12, outside Durban by the coast of the Indian Ocean. The album was recorded at Rainbow Studios, Oslo and mixed in L.A. by David Bianco. Fløyel og stål was released in September 2012 to great reviews. The song Min beste ven på ein dårleg dag (My Best Friend on a Bad Day) swiftly went into heavy rotation on Norwegian national radio.

Produced by Jørund Fluge Samuelsen
Mixed by David Bianco, L.A.
Mastered by Björn Engelman at Cutting Room, Stockholm

Tom Roger Aadland: vocals, guitar & harmonica
Olav Christer Rossebø: fiddle, mandolin, mandola & banjo
Kjetil Steensnæs: electric & acoustic guitar, dobro, pedal steel & lap steel
Bjarne Gustavsen: piano & Hammond
Jørun Bøgeberg: bass
Trond Augland: drums & percussion
Hildegunn Garnes Reigstad: glockenspiel & celesta
Grethe Svensen: vocals

Design: Raffaele Malanga, Far Studios, London
Portrait: Ragnhild Kjetland

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Det du aldri sa

2011

Det du aldri sa (What You Never Said) was Tom Roger Aadland’s first album with original songs in Norwegian. The album was recorded with a rock combo expanded by pedal steel, double bass, fiddle and mandolin. Det du aldri sa was released in March 2011 and received fine reviews. Songs noted by many were Fall for deg for alvor (Fell for You for Real), Der eg er no (Where I Am Now) and Postkort i oktober (Postcard in October).

Produced by Tom Roger Aadland
Mixed by Stig Morten Sørheim at ABC Studio
Mastered by Björn Engelmann at Cutting Room, Stockholm

Tom Roger Aadland: vocals, guitar & harmonica
Linn Frøkedal: vocals
Olav Christer Rossebø: fiddle, mandolin, mandola
Kjetil Steensnæs: pedal steel, dobro, guitar
Brian Connor: piano & Hammond
Kjetil Lundø: double bass
Per Steinar Lie: bass
Ørjan Haaland: drums

Photo: Edgar G. Bachel
Design: Raffaele Malanga, Far Studios, London

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Blod på spora

2009

Blod på spora  was a Norwegian version of Bob Dylan’s masterpiece Blood On The Tracks and was recorded with musicians from the low-fi post-rock band The Low Frequency in Stereo, in addition to Brian Connor on keyboards. Blod på spora was released in September 2009, and the brilliant reception led to extended touring all over Norway. The opening track Vikla inn i blått (Tangled up in Blue) was later voted one of the best all-time Norwegian cover songs by streaming service WiMP.

Produced by Brian Connor & Tom Roger Aadland
Mixed by Stig Morten Sørheim at ABC Studio
Mastered by Björn Engelmann at Cutting Room, Stockholm

Tom Roger Aadland: vocals, guitar & harmonica
Brian Connor: piano & hammond
Per Steinar Lie: bass
Ørjan Haaland: drums
Linn Frøkedal: vocals
Erling Kvarven: accordeon

Photo: Edgar G. Bachel, fin Costello
Graphic design: Tom Roger Aadland / Landa Design

All songs: Lyrics & music: Bob Dylan
Norwegian lyrics: Tom Roger Aadland
© Ram’s Horn Music / Sony/ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia

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Obviously Embraced

2007

After travelling and giving concerts all over Ireland, it was natural for Tom Roger Aadland to record his debut album Obviously Embraced in Dublin with Irish musicians. Pianist and producer Brian Connor brought in some of Ireland’s finest rock musicians to the sessions. After hearing the recordings, Alastair McMillan, at the time Van Morrison’s private engineer, offered to mix the album, which was then mastered by legendary Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York. Obviously Embraced was released in Ireland in March 2007, and in Norway six months later. Songs especially noted by the critics were Timelock and the title track Obviously Embraced.

Produced by Brian Connor
Mixed by Alastair McMillan
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC

Tom Roger Aadland: vocals & guitars
Brian Connor: piano, Hammond, Fender Rhodes
Albert Niland: guitars
Nick Scott: bass
Robbie Casserly: drums, bodhran, percussion

Photography by fin Costello
Graphic Design by Marc Bessant

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