BS274 Flunk: Sub Zero Sundays

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Design/artwork by Ulf Nygaard

Flunk:
Sub Zero Sundays

Format: Digital single
Label: Beatservice Records
Catalogue number: BS274-1
Release date: 15. mar 2024

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Sub Zero Sundays

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Sub Zero Sundays (Instrumental)


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Flunk make a welcome return to Beatservice with their stunning new single, 'Sub Zero Sundays'.

The talented Norwegian quartet - consisting of producer Ulf Nygaard, guitarist Jo Bakke, vocalist Anja yen Vister, and bassist Ole Kristian Wetten - have been a regular fixture on Beatservice Records since morphing into existence in the very early '00s. With a distinctive but shapeshifting sound that effortlessly floats between rock, pop and chill, the band have released 9 albums (plus compilations) and scores of singles across a catalogue that's as varied as it is prolific.

'Sub Zero Sundays' is typically challenging to pin down stylistically, with cinematic drones caressing hyper-atmospheric vocals, affecting strings languidly drifting over sparse topography. Melancholy and full of yearning, the track unfolds over pulsing bass, powerfully engaging as the music rises and falls, eventually disappearing into the far-off distance before the instrumental version strips the vocal to allow the haunting instrumentation and otherworldly textures vast space in which to glide.

Dramatic, magnetic and vivid, this is breathtaking work from Flunk.


Design/artwork by Ulf Nygaard

Flunk:
I Think I Like You

Format: Digital single
Label: Beatservice Records
Catalogue number: BS274-2
Release date: 26. apr 2024

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I Think I Like You

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I Think I Like You (Instrumental)


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The revered four-piece of producer Ulf Nygaard, guitarist Jo Bakke, vocalist Anja yen Vister, and bassist Ole Kristian Wetten are no strangers to crafting sublime, left-of-centre sonics, their impossible-to-pin-down sound making agile dalliances in the realms of rock, pop, chill and far beyond. The latest in their improbably varied catalogue follows on from previous single, the sumptuous 'Sub-Zero Sundays' - and once again proves to be utterly enchanting.

Innocent yet brimming with a discreet sense of yearning, 'I Think I Like You' sees yen Vister's powerfully alluring vocal drift over a deceptively sparse backing track of longing guitars, off-world synths and hypnotic drums. The profoundly evocative track appears here in two versions, the instrumental mix providing a haze-filled reprieve to the gravitational narrative of the vocal.

More breathtaking work from this wildly talented outfit, once again finding a fitting home in the Beatservice Records fold.


Flunk:
Noise

Format: Digital single
Label: Beatservice Records
Catalogue number: BS274-3
Release date: 7. jun 2024

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As a longstanding part of the Beatservice Records family, having released their first single on the Norwegian label over 20 years ago, Flunk offer up the third in a recent run of singles with the effortlessly enchanting 'Noise'. Comprised of producer Ulf Nygaard, guitarist Jo Bakke, vocalist Anja yen Vister and bassist Ole Kristian Wetten, the Norwegian band has spent the past two decades crafting an ethereal soundscape that blends folk, indie rock, pop and downtempo in majestic style.

Their latest single 'Noise' sweeps you off your feet from the very first breath of Anja yen Vister's heavenly and heart-stirring vocals. A weightlessness that lifts you ever further as Jo Bakke and Ole Kristian Wetten intertwine on guitar and bass, their riffs reverbing off into a gravity-defying space. Tying the track together, the stripped-back, hazy beat and sliding synth line from producer Ulf Nygaard give a celestial anchor to proceedings.

Combined, the result is an absorbing, eyes-closed dose of melancholy, Scandinavian sonic magic in both vocal and instrumental form, on the ever-dependable Beatservice Records.


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