Uffe Lorenzen – Galmandsværk *purple* (LP)

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Purple vinyl. Released by Bad Afro Records (2018).

Uffe Lorenzen (alias Lorenzo Woodrose) is the frontman of Baby Woodrose and Spids Nøgenhat but from now on he will be recording and performing under his own name and be singing in Danish. The first result is the new solo album Galmandsværk due out November 10th which was conceived during a vacation on the small volcanic island Gomera near the coast of Marocco where he stayed in a small room doing nothing but writing new songs for 10 weeks.

Uffe Lorenzen: “I was given the opportunity to travel for a few months last winter and decided to spend a lot of time looking at the ocean and writing songs in Danish. I think I have found my own method and perhaps even a more personal angle than before. I still think writing in Danish is a challenge, but I feel that the more honest expression deserves a more honest packaging, so the name Lorenzo Woodrose, which was really designed for people outside of Denmark to be able to pronounce my name when we started out, suddenly felt oddly superficial”.

Galmandsværk (loosely translates to “act of madness”) contains 10 songs that goes in many directions and sounds as if Baby Woodrose, Spids Nøgenhat and Dragontears merged and turned into something new. The sound of the album is mostly acoustic with many exotic instruments such as sitar, tablas, bansuri, hurdy gurdy, violin and of cource doses of fuzz.

Uffe Lorenzen: “I think I have reached a point where I have to find new ways to do things to keep the process interesting and motivate myself. This time, writing in Danish was just one challenge out of many, as we also tried to keep instrumentation mostly to acoustic instruments and purposefully avoided the usual pitfalls by starting all tracks with a simple recording of vocal and guitar instead of rockdrums and guitarsolos. It has taken the album to a very different universe than anything else I’ve done in the past”.

Galmandsværk has been recorded with an analogue approach. The whole album is recorded and mixed on tape which means no cut and paste and no use of pro-tools.

The album is produced by Uffe Lorenzen, Anders Onsberg and Anders Kjærgaard in the wonderful STC studio in Copenhagen and mastered by Flemming Rasmussen at Sweet Silence.