Saturday 27. April 2019 23:00
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Grammy Award-nominated Norwegian singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Jarle Bernhoft emphasizes this personal connection on his fourth full-length offering and first as Bernoft & The Fashion Bruises—the aptly titled Humanoid. Recorded as a full band, the record unlocks a soulful spirit buoyed by simmering r’n’b grooves and powerful pop hooks. In assembling this bold, bright, and brilliant body of work, the artist surveyed the landscape and made a conscious decision to go against the grain.
“So much current music is computerized and machinelike,” he affirms. “I felt like I should go the other way and create human music again. It’s imperative to keep in touch with organic life, so I dove into those soundscapes. I rediscovered that touch. By ample use of guitars, drums, and bass, I’m trying to smash people out of Facebook and back into real life.”
If anybody can do it, it’s him. Since making his solo debut on 2008’s “Ceramik City Chronicles”, he’s quietly amassed a catalog celebrated by fans and critics alike, spanning full-length offerings “Solidarity Breaks” (2011) and “Islander” (2014) as well as EPs “Stop/Shutup/Shout It Out” (2016) and “The Morning Comes” (2017). Highlighted by “Come Around” and “No Us, No Them” (feat. Jill Scott), “Islander” received a 2015 Grammy nomination in the category of “Best r’n’b Album.” Along the way, he performed on Ellen and Conan in addition to earning acclaim from NPR, USA Today, and many more.
Joined by The Fashion Bruises, the process for Humanoid commenced in old school fashion. Rather than rush into the studio, they spent time woodshedding in the rehearsal room. The shared chemistry flourished.