Following their critically acclaimed debut album Flown (2020), Oslo-based art rockers Dim Gray will return with their sophomore album Firmament on 2nd September 2022. With twelve direct, vivid and melody-driven songs, the album is bursting with life and color, making for an engaging and constantly surprising journey as it weaves a route from strings-infused chamber pop, through evocative indie folk and lush electronics and into grandiose art rock.
Firmament is an ambitious musical statement that will appeal to fans of artists such as Radiohead, Fleet Foxes, Steven Wilson, Sigur Rós and Susanne Sundfør. Thematically, Dim Gray further explore the landscape of loneliness and melancholy that was introduced on Flown, but this time those sensations are contextualized in the depressions of the modern world and juxtaposed against romanticized ideas of “simpler times” through childhood memories interspersed with myths and superstition.
The trio who form Dim Gray came from different places, both musically and geographically, with all three – Håkon Høiberg, Oskar Holldorff and Tom Ian Klungland – moving from different parts of Norway to its capital city in 2012 to continue their studies. Having found each other, they soon began playing together. The three members have contrasting musical backgrounds in genres as diverse as black metal, progressive rock, blues, folk and film music, but in fusing these together they began to develop their own distinctive and unique sound.
2020 saw the band issue the songs ‘Ráth’, ‘Again’, ‘Light Anew’ and ‘Ouroboros’ prior to a digital only debut album entitled Flown in the summer. A concept record with intertwining songs structured like one continuous story, the album relates a vivid tale of loss and loneliness that constantly twists and turns, with intimate and spatial moments offset with massive and colourful soundscapes. Flown was released on double vinyl and CD in 2021.
Dim Gray are: Håkon Høiberg—guitars, vocals Oskar Holldorff—vocals, keyboards Tom Ian Klungland—drums, vocals