Being always behind schedule with these reviews, I was actually using this EP by Norwegian band Spurv as more background music as I composed a rather long technical document. We all need to pay the rent, after all. The point of that little preamble, though, is to make it clear that this band’s EP “Blader som faller til jorden og blir til nye trær” turned out to be much more than mere background music.
Although I would say that they are considerably more mainstream than their bio would suggest – fans of Portishead and Coldplay would find much to enjoy here – Spurv aren’t exactly ordinary. It is, however, quite difficult to pinpoint why. Instrumental music like this doesn’t lose anything in the translation and the rock into post rock extemporisations are nothing unexpected yet there is something here that works and is just a bit different.
The clue is perhaps in the length of these songs with “Jeg våknet av en gren”, for example, hitting the nine minute mark. That would normally be an excuse for self indulgence but not here. Spurv have taken a carefully, and emotionally effective, approach to turning each of their songs into something a touch majestic that draws more from classical music than it does from the stadium of commercial success. Their secret is out.