MONKEY PLOT : ANGAENDE OMSTENDIGHETER [ Hubro ]
Format : LP
Condition : New
Country : Norway
Released : 2015
Genre : Folk, Experimental
Monkey Plot’s style is intimate and often unpretentious. It would seem more accurate to call it “music for small spaces” rather than the more formal-sounding “chamber music”. There is namely something straightforward and “grounded” about the band’s music. Although dramatic effect has been abandoned, their music has become neither boring nor lifeless. Monkey Plot is an improvisational band, in the sense that improvisation is the tool used by the trio’s members to make music. They describe it themselves as a simple method that gives a varied and organic result. The music is always pressing onwards. Nevertheless, it would be wrong to categorise their music as belonging within the improvisational genre. We suspect that Neil Young and Nick Drake are more influential sources of inspiration for guitarist Christian Winther than, for instance, Derek Bailey.
Monkey Plot’s first album, Løv og lette vimpler (Gigafon), was released in 2014. It was recorded at home in the living room of one of the Grand Old Men of free jazz, Frode Gjerstad. That same year the group won the Jazzintro competition, receiving the title “Young Norwegian Jazz Musicians of the Year” and a grant from Gramo, the Norwegian organisation responsible for collecting and distributing music royalties.