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Emotional Switches

by Eivind Opsvik

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Multiply 03:00
You will fill with love Room for nothing else When you multiply You can’t just take off Like you used to do When you multiply Expectation Obligation Frail equation Calculation All of life to fill Lift your head and see When you multiply Change the way you think Try to hard, you’ll sink Color everything What you give, will snowball How you live, will instill What you give, will multiply
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Sifting wafers Callous makers Wrong doing Flinch while moving Step away, move aside Shotgun makers Moonlight fakers Shame brewing Pinch them booing Step aside, move afar Dreamy vapors Mindful shapers Gold minded Rid of fever Come inside right at home Holy rulers Dreary watchdogs Good riddance Joy in sweeping Move away, step aside Sifting wafers Callous makers Wrong doing Flinch while moving Step away, move aside Shotgun makers Moonlight fakers Shame brewing Pinch them booing Step aside, move afar Frontline fighters Truthful miners Gold minded Rid of fever Come inside, right at home Holy rulers Dreary watchdogs Good riddance Joy in sweeping Move away, step aside
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One, grant me one Just one wish For this world It’s so clear You might say that I’m naive But hey I don’t care Melt down all these guns One, now if someone only would grant me One wish, just one time No more, it is crystal clear Please do disappear Into thin air Into thin air Into thin air Weapons, time to go
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Hvor kan jeg finne? Hvor kan jeg finne? Hvor kan jeg finne? Hvor kan jeg finne? Hvor kan jeg finne? Hvor kan jeg finne? Hvor kan jeg finne? Hvor kan jeg finne? Hvor kan jeg finne? Hvor Hvor Hvor Hvor Hvor er den store? Hvor er den store? Hvor er den store? Hvor er den store? Hvor er den store? Hvor er den store? Hva vil jeg finne? Hvis jeg kan finne? Hvor kan jeg finne? Den store roen Hva vil jeg vinne? Hvis jeg kan finne? Hvor kan jeg finne? Hvis jeg vil vinne? Hvor er den store? Hvor er den store? Hvor er den store?
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Steepy 02:54
Despite my efforts to speak clearly, words start tumbling down this steepy Despite my efforts to think freely, brain waves tangle up so easy Despite my efforts to seem peachy, shyness clouds it and corrupts me Despite my efforts to speak clearly, words do tumble down this steepy Despite my efforts to think clearly, brain waves tangle up so easy Tumbles tangles won't affect me, I've grown quite fond of this little steepy,
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Caves 05:30
We were meant to live in caves We were meant to live in caves We were meant to hunt our food We were meant to use our legs We were not meant to have all this We were meant to live in caves We were meant to live in caves This might not end well End well End well End well End well
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about

“That music, unsurprisingly, is a dizzying mix of musique concrète, electronica, Krautrock and ’80s pop, among much else.“
This is how New York Times writer Giovanni Russonello described this album when he got to preview it last year for a NYT feature on Mr. Opsvik.

In 2017 Eivind Opsvik, a bassist-composer and veteran of the Brooklyn experimental scene who has always enjoyed being a hermit in the studio, decided to embark on the adventure of making a solo record.
The goal was to challenge himself, try something new, and to draw on his background in improvised music and jazz and transfer that improvisatory spirit to the studio.
Opsvik knew from the get-go that he wanted to have vocals and lyrics be a big part of it. He’s always enjoyed using his voice, but he wanted the vocals on the record to reflect his background as an instrumentalist and thus treat the voice more like another instrument and a texture and less like the obvious focal point of each song.

It is a solo album in its truest sense; it was all conceived, played, recorded, mixed, and produced by Eivind in his basement recording studio, Greenwood Underground, in his home in Brooklyn.

So!..... this album, "Emotional Switches", will present you with concise art-pop songs like "Multiply" and "Steepy", deeper explorations of specific moods like the episodic off kilter dance track "Glass Box Boy", long form layered pop adventures like "Emotional Switches", and more ambient introspective songs like "Flat Orange Soda" and "Vulture’s Hope."
Hope you enjoy!

credits

released November 5, 2021

All music composed, performed, recorded, mixed, and produced by Eivind Opsvik at Greenwood Underground in Brooklyn, NY, 2017-2021

Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering, Los Angeles, CA

“Emotional Switches” contains samples of Peder Simonsen’s modular synthesizer

EO: double bass, electric bass, vocals, drums and percussion, wurlitzer electric piano, clavinet, farfisa organ and synthesizer, prophet synthesizer, hammond solovox, electric and acoustic guitars, oberheim dmx drum machine, found sounds and field recordings, boxes with knobs, software and computer

Photography by Michelle Arcila
Model: IZO
Design and collage by Espen Friberg

Special thanks to Geoff Kraly, Peder Simonsen, Hanne Hukkelberg, Brian Adler, Peter Opsvik, and Michelle Arcila for their invaluable input during the making of this album

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Eivind Opsvik, born and bred in Norway but resident in New York City for some two decades, has developed an utterly individual musical soundprint, one that blends the song-minded composition and creative studio craft of art rock with the virtuosic edge and spontaneity of progressive jazz. ... more

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