The Uptights: Tor Aukrust

Norwegian band The Uptights have shared their new single, Tor Aukrust, offering another fine illustration of their characteristic lo-fi cassette production style which lends their music a distinct, melancholic quality. The new track stands in stark contrast to the usual sound of The Uptights, as it's characterized by a slow, introspective, and somber mood. Notably, it marks the band's first recording with their newly added member, Anders Meyn Jensen, who contributes on the synthesizer.

This song is featured on the band's upcoming third album, I Was Dreaming, set for release on October 27th, 2023, through Keepsecretrecords/Diger Distro.

Frontman Andreas W. H. Lindvåg describes the environment which inspired Tor Aukrust: "I was writing my history of ideas thesis while working as a journalist at a newspaper. When everyone left work, I would continue on until late. After a while the lights would switch off, so I had an old lamp on my desk to go with my little library of books. Our scruffy office was on the top floor with windows in all directions, taking in Oslo at night."

Tor Aukrust appears as a reflective and enigmatic creation, radiating a significant sense of closeness and rawness, driven by the late-night hours during which it was crafted, and the philosophical ideas that swirl around its weary central figure.

"In short: it’s a song about failure," Lindvåg concludes. "It’s very human though, isn’t it? I would have excited moments of insight only to find that whatever I was trying to grasp eluded me when I looked again. Tor Aukrust is me trying to capture the dreamlike and feverish tunnel vision of my overworked mind. Getting in above your head and getting lost in your head."

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