August 31, 2011

Norwegian band Famlende Forsok has quoted TEB as the main reference for one of its album.

One of the great things of the Web is that one can discover little music treasures recorded by obscure bands around the world.
Famlende Forsok is a Norwegian band recording avant-garde music from the Eighties, known in the underground for interesting albums related to medieval folk, progressive, kraut rock, industrial... all strictly 'post'.

On a recent interview (read at, talking about their tribute album to the works of American gothic witer H.P. Lovecraft ("One night I had a frightful dream", Gurls Records 2003), the musicians quoted Third Ear Band as one of the main influential bands (with Popul Vhu) during the making of the record.

Asks the interviewer: "One night... stands out compared to your other works, not only because of the language and lyrics used, taken from HP's original texts. The music also seems a bit different, at times more old-fashioned with several acoustic instruments and more discreet use of electronics. Why?"

Brt: "We had loose atmosphere in the background, wanting to arrange came from Lump. We wanted a Third Ear Band-feel, or Univers Zero".

Chrisph: "We wanted initially the music to be directly inspired by our subjective understanding of the meaning of the words... This would possibly make it even more like effect-fuelled film music than earlier works. Next, on the other hand, there was also an effort to make more traditional tunes in there. This I guess is much due to the fact that the years before this release, Lump was much into his other band The Smell of Incense, which was/is very much folk/psych oriented. At the start the landscapes were much more ambient and lacking themes based on regular harmonies. So in the end One Night... probably is a bit of this and that. Some radio-theatrical, some film-like and some like the Third Ear Band...".

Famlende Forsok in 2007.

Over the disputable Web/social networks logic of the "if-you-like-this-listen-this", it can be interesting to verify the idea of the group about its music sources because, even on a superficial listening, tracks as "The festival", "The shadow over innsmouth", "Nyarlathotep" or "At the mountains of madness" have unequivocally a TEB's flavour, attesting once more the Band is still influential on contemporary music.

So download and listen to the Famlende Forsok's record at: 
(thanks the great blog Mutant Sounds!)
A review of the record by Luna Kafé e-zine at:

no©2011 Luca Ferrari


  1. Hi
    I think maybe even our latest project also has references to TEB. We are about to finish an album as a result of three concerts we held during the last three years loosely based on drones/electronics/acoustics/poetry. I think this live piece also proves this to be a bit influenced to TEB in bringing "the oriental" into experimental western (unscholared "rock") music.
    Sound quality is a bit poor. Plain old video recorder I guess.
    ChrispH (playing that lously Akai pseudo-shenai)

  2. Thanks ChrispH, it's a pleasure to have here a your contribution (this amazing Holy Web!)to this archive.
    I'll check the track you suggest, surely. It's really intriguing for myself to discover artists as you be still involved with the old TEB's music!