PROG ROCKERS AIRBAG RELEASE NEW SINGLE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

Karisma Records have given fans of AIRBAG another insight into the Prog Rockers long-awaited new album “A Day at the Beach” with the release of the single “Sunsets”, about which the band says:

Sunsets was written during the early stages of making the new album. We spent a lot of time trying different arrangements and just jamming together, which was something we hadn’t done for a while. We brought in Kristian Hultgren from Wobbler on bass and Ole Michael Bjørndal from Oak on guitar and they both contributed to the arrangements. As with the first single, Machines and Men, Sunsets has that contrast between hard edge rock and electronic elements, which is something we’ve tried to achieve throughout this album. The lyrics deal with the destructive forces of our lives and our society, perhaps underlining the overall theme of the album.

“Sunsets” can be streamed or downloaded at  https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/Airbag_Sunsets

“A Day at the Beach” is the fifth full-length from the band that has been hailed as one of the most important bands to emerge from the Norwegian Prog scene since its formation in the mid-2000’s, and whose lineup today includes AIRBAG’s two original founding members Asle Tostrup on vocals and Bjørn Riis on guitars, with Henrik Bergan Fossum on drums.

AIRBAG have always been able to blend diverse musical styles and sounds, something they combine with a strong narrative experience, and, for “A Day at the Beach”, the trio’s signature guitar driven progressive rock has been enhanced by ethereal soundscapes, resulting in  a stunning selection of songs that reveal  a now-mature band building on its already impressive legacy.

With six new songs recorded during the  autumn and winter of 2019-20, and inspired  by the resurgence of 1980’s electronica, new wave and movie scores, “A Day at the Beach” will be AIRBAG’s first as a trio and the band recently had this to say about the album:

The album is the result of a strong collaboration between all three of us. Having lost two original members since our last album, we were forced to rethink how we write and create new music, but it also allowed us to venture into something new that turned out to be very inspiring.

Lyrically, “A Day at the Beach” is very much a story of us and them, told by a husband, father and brother leaving his family behind into an unknown future. It’s the contrast between the desperate individual struggling to survive and people in power observing at a safe distance. 

A Day at the Beach” is mixed by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes. Jacob Holm-Lupo has mastered the album, and Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis handled the production side.   With  cover design, as always, by vocalist Tostrup.   

Track listing for “A Day at the Beach” is as follows:

1. Machines and Men
2. A Day at the Beach (Part 1)
3. Into the Unknown
4. Sunsets
5. A Day at the Beach (Part 2)
6. Megalomaniac

“A Day at the Beach” will hit the streets on the 19th June, and will be available in CD, Digital and both black and coloured vinyls,  and is now available to pre-order from:

Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/airbag/ 
Bandcamp: https://airbagsound.bandcamp.com/album/a-day-at-the-beach

More information about AIRBAG can be found on the band’s website at http://www.airbagsound.com/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound

A video of AIRBAG performing in Quebec in 2019 can be seen at https://youtu.be/3fFoN-JJr-U

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/airbagsound/
Airbag Booking: bjorn@airbag.no

Karisma Records contact: post@karismarecords.no
Karisma Records: http://www.karismarecords.no/
Karisma Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karismarecords
Karisma Records Bandcamp: https://karismarecords.bandcamp.com
Karisma Records on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/KarismarecordsNor
Karisma Records Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarismaRecords
Karisma on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/karisma-records
Karisma Records Webshop: http://karismarecords.bigcartel.com/
Karisma Records US Webshop:  http://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/

PROG ROCKERS AIRBAG REVEAL DETAILS AND NEW SINGLE FROM UPCOMING FIFTH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

Four years since the release of “Disconnected”,  Prog Rockers AIRBAG are set to release their fifth full-length album.  Titled “A Day at the Beach”, the album will be released on the 19th June on Karisma Records, and today the label has given the band’s many fans a taste of what they can look forward to by releasing a track from the album.

The track is titled “Machines and Men”, and  AIRBAG describe it thus:  “This was one of the very first songs written for the album. The initial demo was basically just guitars, drums and vocals and during a period of working in the studio, rehearsing, and playing the song live, it slowly evolved into something new and fresh that defined most of the material we were working on. The lyrics describe the facts of war in a cold and objective fashion, only to turn to the spectator  with a warning and a chance to look away“.

“Machines and Men” can be streamed or downloaded at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/airbag_machines-and-men

Hailed as one of the most important bands to emerge from the Norwegian prog scene over the past decades, AIRBAG  was formed in the mid-2000s by five high school classmates, which included two of today’s members Asle Tostrup (vocals) and Bjørn Riis (guitars).  AIRBAG is a band that is able to blend diverse musical styles and sounds, with a strong narrative listening experience. Today’s lineup also includes Henrik Bergan Fossum (drums) and “A Day at the Beach” will be AIRBAG’s first album as a trio, and will also feature talented guest musicians including WOBBLER’s Kristian Hultgren.

Featuring  six new songs recorded during the  autumn and winter of 2019-20, and inspired  by the resurgence of 1980s electronica, new wave and movie scores, “A Day at the Beach” sees AIRBAG  creating a powerful sound combining ethereal soundscapes with their signature guitar driven progressive rock.  The result is a stunning selection of songs revealing a mature band looking forward from its already impressive legacy.

Once again teaming up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes, “A Day at the Beach” was mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo and  produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis. Cover design, is, as always, by vocalist Tostrup.   

1. Machines and Men
2. A Day at the Beach (Part 1)
3. Into the Unknown
4. Sunsets
5. A Day at the Beach (Part 2)
6. Megalomaniac

Airbag explains:

The album is the result of a strong collaboration between all three of us. Having lost two original members since our last album, we were forced to rethink how we write and create new music, but it also allowed us to venture into something new that turned out to be very inspiring.

Lyrically, “A Day at the Beach” is very much a story of us and them, told by a husband, father and brother leaving his family behind into an unknown future. It’s the contrast between the desperate individual struggling to survive and people in power observing at a safe distance. 

“A Day at the Beach” will be available in CD, black and coloured vinyls and Digital formats and is now available to pre-order from:

Bandcamp: https://airbagsound.bandcamp.com/album/a-day-at-the-beach
Webshop: https://www.karismarecords.no/webshop/

More information about AIRBAG can be found on the band’s website at http://www.airbagsound.com/  or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound

A video of AIRBAG A video of AIRBAG performing in Quebec in 2019 can be seen at 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Website: www.airbagsound.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airbagsound
YouTube: www.youtube.com/airbagsound
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/airbagsound/
Airbag Booking: bjorn@airbag.no

Marco Ragni releases new album Oceans of Thought on Sumer Solstice

Oceans of Thought” features members of Airbag, Wobbler, Knifeworld, and Gekko Projekt, among others.

About the album

Oceans of Thought” was originally called “The Merchant of Eternal Youth” but during the time of the recordings I had some personal problems and I was a little depressed. So the songs, the cover but above all the lyrics, have undergone a change because my music comes from what I have inside of my mind and soul. 

So this album talks about the difficulties that life sometimes brings us, but also talks about how to try to overcome them. It’s a record that I care a lot about because it talks a lot about me. Because great musicians have played there, from Norwegian guitarists Bjørn Riis founder of the band Airbag and Marius Halleland (Wobbler), Peter Matuchniak (Kinetic Element), Jeff Mack (Scarlet Hollow) and Maurizio Antonini the beating heart of this record. The precious woodwinds arrangements by Dave Newhouse (The Muffins) and the beautiful voice of JoJo Razor (Gekko Projekt) and last but not the least, Charlie Cawood (Knifeworld) playing Sitar. 

This year I turned 50, an important and very significant milestone for me. Half a century on Earth! What a wonderful journey up to here. First of all, I want to thank my beautiful and wonderful Wife because She made my life happier and more dynamic. Then all the supporters who allowed me to record this album and in particular Jon Hawkins for having produced it. I am proud and very happy to present it to you today. I hope it will reach your heart and your mind. Entertaining you, relaxing and making you think about life, its beauties and sometimes its inconsistencies.

The album was released today June 21st, the day of the summer solstice. The most important day of my life.

Have a good trip folks!
Marco Ragni

Track Listing
1 Flashlights
2 Dizziness
3 Hammil’s Thoughts
4 The Wind Blows Anyway
5 Regain Control
6 Oceans of Thought
7 Under a Big Red Sun
8 Voice in the Dark
9 Open My Arms

Music and lyrics by Marco Ragni
Produced by Jon Hawkins
Album Art by Marco Ragni

Featuring:
Marco Ragni: Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keys, bass
Peter Matuchniak: Electric guitar
Dave Newhouse: Woodwinds
Jeff Mack: Five string fretted and fretless bass & Chapman Stick.
Maurizio Antonini: Drums
JoJo Razor: Backing vocals

Special Guests
Bjørn Riis: Lead guitar on No. 9 Open My Arms
Marius Halleland: Lead Guitar on No 2 Dizziness & No 5 Regain Control
Charlie Cawood: Sitar On No 8 Voice in the Dark

Marco on the web
Website: https://www.marcoragni.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Markspiders/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/markspiders/videos

Purchase album via Bandcamp
In the USA: bit.ly/2KgNjjh or in EUROPE: bit.ly/2EKG3IF

Label: Melodic Revolution Records (US) 
info@melodicrevolution.com
US Label Representation: 
Nick Katona
nick@melodicrevolution.com

Melodic Revolution Online: 
Website: http://mrrmusic.com/ 
Bandcamp: https://myrevolution.bandcamp.com/artists 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelodicRevolutionRecords/ 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MelodicRevolutionRecordsMusic  
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrrmusicgroup

Melodic Revolution Records Spotify Playlists:
https://open.spotify.com/user/melodicrevolutionrecords

Marco Ragni to release “Oceans of Thought” featuring members of Airbag, Wobbler, and Gekko Projekt, a​mon​g others

Melodic Revolution Records and Marco Ragni are thrilled to announce that Oceans of Thought will officially be released in both CD & Digital formats and available worldwide June 21st, Pre-orders will go on sale on June 1st and will includ 5 digital-only bonus tracks with all pre-orders

About the album
“Oceans of Thought” was originally called “The Merchant of Eternal Youth” but during the time of the recordings I had some personal problems and I was a little depressed. So the songs, the cover but above all the lyrics, have undergone a change because my music comes from what I have inside of my mind and soul. 

So this album talks about the difficulties that life sometimes brings us, but also talks about how to try to overcome them. It’s a record that I care a lot about, because it talks a lot about me. Because great musicians have played there, from Norwegian guitarists Bjørn Riis founder of the band Airbag and Marius Halleland (Wobbler), Peter Matuchniak (Kinetic Element), Jeff Mack (Scarlet Hollow) and Maurizio Antonini the beating heart of this record. The precious woodwinds arrangements by Dave Newhouse (The Muffins) and the beautiful voice of JoJo Razor (Gekko Projekt) and last but not the least, Charlie Cawood (Knifeworld) playing Sitar. 

This year I turned 50, an important and very significant milestone for me. Half a century on Earth! What a wonderful journey up to here. First of all I want to thank my beautiful and wonderful Wife because She made my life happier and more dynamic. Then all the supporters who allowed me to record this album and in particular Jon Hawkins for having produced it. I am proud and very happy to present it to you today. I hope it will reach your heart and your mind. Entertaining you, relaxing and making you think about life, its beauties and sometimes its inconsistencies.

The album will be released on June 21st, the day of the summer solstice. The most important day of my life.

Have a good trip folks!
Marco Ragni

Track Listing
1 Flashlights
2 Dizziness
3 Hammil’s Thoughts
4 The Wind Blows Anyway
5 Regain Control
6 Oceans of Thought
7 Under a Big Red Sun
8 Voice in the Dark
9 Open My Arms

Pre-Order Bonus Tracks
1 Abstract Dreams 
2 Fifty Years on Earth 
3 Nocturne #7 (piano sessions) 
4 Hammil’s Thoughts (JoJo’s vocals) 
5 Open My Arms ( demo strings arrangements)

Music and lyrics by Marco Ragni
Produced by Jon Hawkins
Album Art by Marco Ragni

Featuring:
Marco Ragni: Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keys, bass
Peter Matuchniak: Electric guitar
Dave Newhouse: Woodwinds
Jeff Mack: Five string fretted and fretless bass & Chapman Stick.
Maurizio Antonini: Drums
JoJo Razor: Backing vocals

Special Guests
Bjørn Riis: Lead guitar on No. 9 Open My Arms
Marius Halleland: Lead Guitar on No 2 Dizziness & No 5 Regain Control
Charlie Cawood: Sitar On No 8 Voice in the Dark

Marco on the web
Website: https://www.marcoragni.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Markspiders/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/markspiders/videos
Bandcamp: https://marcoragni.bandcamp.com

Label: Melodic Revolution Records (US) 
info@melodicrevolution.com
US Label Representation: 
Nick Katona
nick@melodicrevolution.com

Melodic Revolution Online: 
Website: http://mrrmusic.com/ 
Bandcamp: https://myrevolution.bandcamp.com/artists 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelodicRevolutionRecords/ 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MelodicRevolutionRecordsMusic  
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrrmusicgroup

Melodic Revolution Records Spotify Playlists:
https://open.spotify.com/user/melodicrevolutionrecords

Marco Ragni Releases “Open My Arms” Video and Single from upcoming album

Prolific psychedelic rock musician Marco Ragni returns with his first single; featuring Bjørn Riis on Lead Guitar, the founder of the band Airbag. The forthcoming album “Oceans of Thought” will be released June 21st. Pre-orders will be available soon. 

According to Marco, I wrote the song thinking about Colin Tench and when I recorded the piano parts and wrote the lyrics, I thought I’d ask Bjørn Riis if he wanted to play the lead guitar. I’ve been a fan of Airbags and his guitar playing for many years. He didn’t know my music but when I let him hear some songs, he told me “great stuff!” So I sent him the track and we started talking about it. Then he sent me the guitar parts and when I listened to the mixed song, I got a giant smile and then a tear … One of my dreams was coming true!”​

Follow Marco Ragni
Official Website
Facebook 

YouTube
MRR Artist Profile Page

Label
Melodic Revolution Records

Nick Katona:
nick@melodicrevolution.com

Melodic Revolution Records Online:
http://mrrmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MelodicRevolutionRecords/
https://www.youtube.com/c/MelodicRevolutionRecordsMusic 
https://twitter.com/MusicIsOurVoice 

Melodic Revolution Records Spotify Playlists:
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