Kscope are pleased to announce the latest addition to their roster, Mothlite.
Mothlite is the brainchild of Daniel O'Sullivan. A prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist, O'Sullivan is a member of Ulver (also signed to the label) and a regular collaborator with Sunn O))), Guapo, Æthenor, Miracle and Grumbling Fur.
Mothlite allows him to move in different musical directions to those taken by his other projects, recalling the deepest remnants of 80's sounds (Talk Talk, Japan, Cocteau Twins) and fusing it with an innovative, forward-thinking approach to programming and sound design. The result is a grandiose gothic-pop euphoria that retains a subliminally progressive musical depth and O’Sullivan’s songwriting collaborations with The Big Pink and Ulver are apparent in Mothlite’s keen sense of production and lush atmospheric arrangements.
Mothlite transcend any obvious reference point and follow a most novel path of paradoxes. Love, death, death of love, self-loathing, megalomania. All dipped in a thick treacly molasses of ecstatic melody.
The debut album, 2008’s Flax Of Reverie, was described as ‘an album propelling listeners down the rabbit hole into a world of wilderness and weird that is at once English and entirely other’ and Dark Age, the follow up to this, will be released on Kscope in early 2012.
Press Release for The Norwegian National Opera
(DVD & Blu-ray)
Stunning concert from the dark music legends – captured live in high definition in Oslo
Ulver returned earlier this year with their new album Wars Of The Roses. Early pioneers of Norwegian black metal, the band have continually evolved throughout their career and now stand as living legends of the dark music industry, blending rock, electronica, symphonic and chamber traditions along with noise and experimental music to create ground- breaking material.
Until recently however the band had remained exclusively within the studio. This changed in May 2009 when the band accepted an invitation to appear at the Norwegian Festival Of Literature. The success of this gig lead to them embarking on a string of other gigs in 2009 and 2010, selling out prestigious venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Volksbühne in Berlin and La Cigale in Paris before they returned to their homeland for this landmark gig at The Norwegian Opera House.
The 2 hour concert married tracks from throughout the band’s catalogue to stunning visuals to create a spectacle fitting for such a grand venue. The evening was captured on 6 HD cameras and the audio has been mixed for this release in the band’s own Crystal Canyon Studios.
Packaged in a limited edition 32 page rigid digibook 2 disc Set (Blu-ray and dvd)
Let the Children Go
Little Blue Bird
Rock Massif Part 2
For the Love of God
In the Red
Hallways of Always
Theme from Silence Teaches You How to sing
A Cold Kiss (Porn Piece Part 2)
A Memorable Fancy (The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Plates 16-17)
Visuals for 'Norwegian Gothic', taken from the live shows, directed and composed by Kristin Bøyesen.
Wars of the Roses, the latest album from Ulver was released on Kscope earlier this year. The album has been hailed by Metal Hammer as "an approachable and engaging introduction to a most unorthodox and enigmatic band".
Kscope are very proud to announce that Ulver are the latest band to join their roster. Early pioneers of Norwegian black metal, the band have continually evolved throughout their career and now stand as living legends of the dark music industry.
Thematically, the same is at stake as always with Ulver: the human condition and a world in fall. But this time the landscape is viewed from a bird's eye perspective, exposing culture and tradition rather than the personal vulnerability expressed on previous albums. In the words of Julian Cope:
«Ulver are cataloguing the death of our culture two decades before anyone else has noticed its inevitable demise.»
Wars Of The Roses was mixed by producer extraordinaire John Fryer (Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, Swans etc.), following a chance meeting outside Crystal Canyon studios during the latter stages of recording. Sounds like fate.