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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
It may seem odd that a notable Norwegian director (Ben Hamer) would be the one to make a movie about a tortured, against-the-grain cult writer and poet (Charles Bukowski, played by Matt Dillon) who spent all but two years of his life in Los Angeles. But the good news for music fans is the important larger discovery of the incredibly diverse and captivating Scandinavian jazz composer and vocalist Kristin Asbjørnsen. Even without images, the soundtrack to Factotum functions quite well by itself as a haunting, complex, atmospheric work with varied moods and instrumentation. The opener "On the Bus" is just over a minute but brings back magnificent creepy memories of Twin ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
It may seem odd that a notable Norwegian director (Ben Hamer) would be the one to make a movie about a tortured, against-the-grain cult writer and poet (Charles Bukowski, played by Matt Dillon) who spent all but two years of his life in Los Angeles. But the good news for music fans is the important larger discovery of the incredibly diverse and captivating Scandinavian jazz composer and vocalist Kristin Asbjørnsen. Even without images, the soundtrack to Factotum functions quite well by itself as a haunting, complex, atmospheric work with varied moods and instrumentation. The opener "On the Bus" is just over a minute but brings back magnificent creepy memories of Twin Peaks. After "Reunion," a subtle and graceful solo piano piece, is the chamber music-flavored "I Wish to Weep," featuring the composer's smoky, emotional vocals toiling sweetly over a simple Bukowski poem/lyric that gives the words a scorching urgency. There are other similarly flavored lead vocals (most notably, the classical/folk-tinged "Slow Day,") but Asbjørnsen proves herself equally adept at creating moods with wordless vocals ("Farewell I," "Beside You"). Amidst the largely melancholy vibe of most of these tracks is the rumbling and percussive acoustic jazz magic of the quirkily titled "Pickles." Asbjørnsen, making her composing debut, performs these pieces with her band Dadafon, drawing inspiration not only from her formal jazz education nbut also her love for West African griot singers. A fascinating work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
  • EAN: 3299039900123
  • Catalog Number: 399001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On the Bus (1:20)
  2. 2 Reunion (2:50)
  3. 3 I Wish to Weep (2:32)
  4. 4 Farewell (1:46)
  5. 5 Slow Day (3:41)
  6. 6 Ice Plant Overture (1:24)
  7. 7 Pickles (2:40)
  8. 8 Still Awake (2:11)
  9. 9 Quirky Waltz (1:29)
  10. 10 Dreamland II - Krøyt (4:18)
  11. 11 Slow Day Fragments (2:12)
  12. 12 My Garden (2:02)
  13. 13 In the Kitchen (2:31)
  14. 14 Beside You (1:43)
  15. 15 Drunk Driving (1:54)
  16. 16 Remembering (1:44)
  17. 17 Shoes (1:40)
  18. 18 If You're Going to Try (3:41)
  19. 19 Horse Race Groove (1:32)
  20. 20 Farewell II (1:49)
  21. 21 Slow Day II (5:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kristin Asbjørnsen Primary Artist, Vocals
Svante Henryson Cello
Tord Gustavsen Piano
Jarle Bernhoft Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Kenneth Ekornes Percussion
Dadafon Track Performer
Jostein Asnes Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Kenneth Kapstad Drums
Eirik Øien Bass
Anders Larsen Violin
Eve Cauley Turner Decors
Martin Langlie Drums
Thomas Dahl Guitar, Sampling
Sigrid Stang Violin
Régie Shelli Ainsworth Decors
Øyvind Engen Cello, Vocals
Øyvind Brandtsegg Vibes
Technical Credits
Charles Bukowski Composer
Björn Engelmann Mastering
Tommy Henriksen Engineer
Jodi Tack Art Direction
Per Sveinson Engineer
Krøyt Composer
Kristin Asbjørnsen Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Peer Espen Ursfjord Engineer
Jostein Asnes Composer, Engineer
Hans Jørgen Støp Producer
Magnus Torkildsen Engineer
Trygve Brøske String Arrangements
Thomas Dahl Composer
Øyvind Brandtsegg Composer
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