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WHITE WILLOW - New Album Out This Friday

Norway's ethereal progressive rock collective White Willow will release their seventh studio album, Future Hopes, through Laser's Edge this Friday. Future Hopes features a heavy use of synthesizers, including the unique textures of the Yamaha CS80, the famed Blade Runner synth. The album was mixed by highly respected Norwegian Grammy-nominated engineer Christian Engfelt - known for his work on the Elephant9/Reine Fiske album, Atlantis, and the Todd Rundgren/Lindstrøm collaboration, Runddans - mastered by Grammy Award-winning audiophile legend Bob Katz and completed with a specially commissioned painting by Roger Dean.
White Willow's first album since their well-received 2011-released Terminal Twilight sees the outfit exploring some of the most "progressive" territory they have ever ventured into, with several lengthy tracks and more instrumental passages than they are usually known for, musically building upon the foundation of its predecessor, with a more modern approach to production. The Future Hopes line-up finds Jacob Holm-Lupo and Mattias Olsson at the core of the band, and sees the return of several White Willow stalwarts, including flautist Ketil Einarsen (Jaga Jazzist, Motorpsycho), keyboardist Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler, Tusmørke), and bassist Ellen Andrea Wang (Pixel, Manu Katché Quartet). New vocalist Venke Knutson is best known in her native Norway for a string of Top 10 hits and is well established as a solo pop artist. Recently the band released a video clip for the album's title track and you can watch it below. Link