Leprous To Release New Album “Aphelion” In August

Leprous have announced that their new album “Aphelion” will be released on August 27. Pre-orders and a new song from the effort will be available on June 25,

Einar Solberg commented:

“We had no plans to start with a new album, then came Covid. ‘Aphelion‘ is a very different album. It’s intuitive and spontaneous. We’ve experimented with many completely different ways of writing music and explored new ways to work. There has been no room for overthinking, exaggerated perfectionism or carefully planned songs. I believe this is one of the strengths of this album. It feels alive, it feels free and it does not come across as too calculated.

The album was recorded in three different studios, and a few of the songs were actually recorded in all three studios, Ghost Ward Studios, Ocean Sound Recordings and Cederberg Studios.

The aphelion is the point in the orbit of an object where it is farthest from the sun, and it has a symbolic value which I will leave to your own interpretation.”

In other news, the group will also be celebrating their 20th anniversary on a European/UK tour:

12/01 Oslo, NOR – Vulkan Arena
12/03 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
12/04 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
12/05 Paris, FRA – Elysee Montmartre
12/06 Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos-Saal
12/07 Vienna, AUT – Arena
12/08 Esch, LUX – Rockhal
12/09 Lyon, FRA – Ninkasi Kao
12/10 Barcelona, SPA – Apolo 1
12/11 Madrid, SPA – LAB
12/13 Milan, ITA – Live Club
12/14 Aarau, SWI – KiFF
12/15 Munich, GER – Technikum
12/16 Berlin, GER – Columbia Theater

Leprous To Stream “Malina” & “Pitfalls” Performances This Weekend, Share Behind The Scenes Look At Their Sessions For “Castaway Angels”

Leprous have announced a couple of streaming concerts at the Notodden Teater in Notodden, Norway. The first one will take place on February 20 and it will feature a full performance of “Malina.“ The second one will take place on February 21 and it will feature a full performance of “Pitfalls“. Tickets are available at munin.live.

The band commented:

“We are not a band made to sit still, so we look very much forward for this weekend playing hybrid concerts on stage with both ‘Malina‘ and ‘Pitfalls‘ in its entirety. Everything will be streamed in high quality real time from the same stage as the combined stream we did with Ihsahn in December, at the Notodden Theater. Two songs from ‘Pitfalls‘ have never ever been played live, and one from ‘Malina‘ has more or less never been played live either, so it’s a nice way to step up our game!”

In other news, the group have also shared a behind the scenes look at the sessions for their song “Castaway Angels.“ They said the following about that:

“2020 was a different year for everyone. After a strict lock down during the spring, we were finally allowed to work together face to face. However, the border into Sweden was still off limits for us. This meant that we had to find a studio in Norway, as opposed to recording with our good friend and producer David Castillo at Gröndahl in Stockholm.

Being forced to think in new directions can be an unpleasant and challenging experience, but it can also open new opportunities and relationships. In our case, luckily, it was the latter. We got in contact with the guys from the magical ‘Ocean Sound Recordings’ at Giske, just outside the city of Ålesund. This was the start of a beautiful relationship that has added a new dimension to Leprous’ sound.

Our first session at Ocean Sound resulted in the making and documentation of ‘Castaway Angels‘, released December 4th. This video documents the making of CA and it’ll give you a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how we worked together, as well as our individual reflections on how this session took part in shaping us as a band.

Without this project, it’s likely that the idea of the ‘Let’s write a song together’-concept never would’ve been born. Thank you so much for your continued support of our work as musicians and artists!”

[via The PRP]

Ihsahn And Leprous Announce Streaming Event

Ihsahn and Leprous have announced a special streaming concert. The event will take place on December 20 and tickets can be found HERE. Both acts issued a joint statement:

“The collaboration between Ihsahn and Leprous goes back the better part of two decades, where songs, members and performances have been heavily intertwined. This exclusive performance will celebrate these connections even further!”

Leprous Premiere “Castaway Angels” Video

Leprous have premiered a new song titled “Castaway Angels.” You can find an official video for that below:

Einar Solberg commented:

“This year we’ve all had to readjust our lives, do new things. Missed out on things we were supposed to do, and find new things to do. One day in the beginning of the corona outbreak in Norway I came to TorO’s house with a song we were supposed to work on together.

The problem was that I was already finished with the sketch we were supposed to be working on (which was later on thrown away as it wasn’t that good after all), so we just sat down to try to make something new. Him with the acoustic guitar, and me with my voice.

During a quite short time, we came up with the main structure of what was later to become “Castaway Angels“. Very basic, very pure and no technology to distract us. Just the melody and the guitar. So once we got in the amazing Ocean Sound Recording near Aalesund, Norway we continued that approach with the full band. We recorded the song together in the studio (when we were not busy sitting in the Jacuzzi being in awe by the view) in one take, after jamming together for one evening.

It’s so typical to get obsessed with details, perfectionism and layers. But here we just wanted to play together. Do something pure and simple. I’m very pleased with the result, and can’t wait for everyone to hear how we’ve been spending time together when we were supposed to be on tour.”

In other news, Solberg will also be playing a piano-led virtual concert at the Telemark Gallery in Notodden, Norway. The show will stream on December 6 and tickets can be purchased HERE.

Leprous Premiere “The Sky Is Red” Live Video

Leprous have shared a new live video for “The Sky Is Red.” The clip was filmed during the band’s March 1 show in Lisbon, Portugal. The track appears on their latest album “Pitfalls.” In other news, the group have also reissued their albums “Coal” and “The Congregation” on vinyl today (July 3) as well.

Leprous To Reissue “Coal” And “The Congregation” On Vinyl

Leprous’ “Coal” and “The Congregation“ will be receiving new vinyl pressings later this year. Both efforts will be available in multiple colors on July 3.

Here’s all the various options:

Leprous “Coal” (2 LP+1 CD):

  • Black vinyl – Unlimited
  • Lilac vinyl – 200 copies (Via CM Distro Europe)
  • Mint vinyl – 400 copies (Via CM Distro Europe and USA Webshop)
  • Transparent Magenta – 200 copies (Via band & O-Merch Webshop)

Leprous – “The Congregation” (2 LP+1 CD):

  • Black vinyl – Unlimited
  • Dark Green vinyl – 200 copies (Via CM Distro Europe)
  • White vinyl – 400 copies (Via CM Distro Europe and USA Webshop)
  • Transparent Sun Yellow – 200 copies (Via band & O-Merch Webshop)

Leprous Premiere New Song “Distant Bells”

Leprous have premiered a new song titled “Distant Bells.” This track is from the band’s new album “Pitfalls,” which will be released on October 25.

Bassist Simen Børven commented:

“The instrumental part of ‘Distant Bells‘ is a compilation of my musical background. Influences from Nordic Jazz and Symphonic Pop infuses the attempt of stretching an extremely simple idea, from almost nothing, to an explosion towards the ending of the song. To me the composition is like an evolution from a single self-replicating cell into a complex sentient being.”

Einar Solberg added:

“It was both challenging and very refreshing to work on ‘Distant Bells‘, as the main instrumental idea didn’t come from me. It opened up new doors of creativity within myself and it was very exciting to do the melody and lyrics for this track. It’s a very different Leprous track, and it turned out to be one of my personal favourites. Simen has a different musical background than myself, and our contradictions are probably what made this song shine so bright.”

Leprous Premiere “Alleviate” Music Video

Leprous have premiered a new video for their new song “Alleviate.” This track is from the band’s new album “Pitfalls,” which will be released on October 25.

Einar Solberg commented:

“‘Alleviate‘ is a very important song to me. It carries hope within the melancholy. Not only is it one of, if not the most accessible tune we’ve ever done, but it also carries a deeper message. No doubt it for some will be a controversial track considering where Leprous started, but that’s what Leprous is all about: Moving forward! Also we couldn’t be happier about the amazing piece of visual art done by the extremely talented video director Troll Toftenes.”

Leprous Premiere “Below” Music Video

Leprous have premiered a new video for their new song “Below.” This track is from the band’s new album “Pitfalls,” which will be released on October 25.

Einar Solberg commented:

“‘Below’ was the first song written for the ‘Pitfalls’ album and it was composed in a period of denial of what was to come. It was a very spontaneous song, made first with only piano and vocals.

‘Below’ is a very emotional and melancholic track, and it means a lot to me personally — both musically and lyrically. Large cinematic string arrangements, electronic elements, very acoustic and organic parts — all combined. Very epic but at the same time very fragile!”

Leprous To Release New Album “Pitfalls” In October

Leprous have announced that their new album “Pitfalls” will be released on October 25. You can check out the cover art and track listing below:

“Pitfalls” Track Listing:

01. “Below”
02. “I Lose Hope”
03. “Observe The Train”
04. “By My Throne”
05. “Alleviate”
06. “At The Bottom”
07. “Distant Bells”
08. “Foreigner”
09. “The Sky Is Red”

Einar Solberg commented:

“We’re incredibly proud to announce ‘Pitfalls‘! It’s the album no-one is expecting from Leprous. When you think you know where it’s headed, you’ll realize that you’re wrong. It’s not only by far the biggest production and musical departure we’ve done, but the also most personal and honest.

The album has been written through one of my toughest years, where I struggled with depression and anxiety. No filters, no metaphors, just the truth. They say that writing music is therapeutic. but I would say that it’s an understatement. For me ‘Pitfalls‘ is the result of 1.5 years of learning how to get through the dark tunnel. The music has been my torch.”

The first single will be released on August 30. In other news, the group have also shared a new video in which they reflect on their 2017 album “Malina”: