With Playing House, their second full-length album, set to be released on Karisma Records on the 29th January, MEER have today released a new track from the album!
Beehive is the track they have selected for the new single, because, according to the band,
"Beehive has been a long-time favourite on our live sets, and we love how the album version turned out. It’s sensual, chaotic, powerful and definitely one of our most hard hitting songs. The cinematic strings, heavy guitars and arpeggiated synthesizers create a suggestive drive over which Johanne gets to belt her heart out. We often work together composing as a collective, and for “Beehive” drummer Mats came up with the opening piano riff and then the rest of the band added new parts, hooks and lyrics to it on several jams and rehearsals. We are thrilled to finally share this powerhouse with you! "
Beehive can be streamed or downloaded here: https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/MEER_Beehive
The new album Playing House was Recorded at Ocean Sound Recording and Tanken, with producer Lars Gärtner Fremmerlid (Einar Stray Orchestra) at the helm, and with artwork by Helena Haglund and Simen Skari .
Formed in Hamar, Norway, in 2008, originally as a duo known as Ted Glen Extended, MEER has expanded its lineup to eight (!) members, comprising Johanne Kippersund on vocals, Knut Kippersund on vocals, Eivind Strømstad on guitar, Åsa Ree on violin, Ingvild Nordstoga Eide on viola, Ole Gjøstøl on keyboards, Morten Strypet on bass and Mats Lillehaug on drums.
The additional members brought with them their own individual styles and musical interests and influences, and it is therefore not surprising that MEER's music is as eclectic, and interesting, as it is today.
With such a large lineup, it was inevitable that a variety of styles and influences would find their way into MEER's material, creating a sound that is an eclectic mix of orchestral pop, classical music and progressive rock. It is a massive sound comprised of fantastic melodies and harmonies, not to mention quite a few surprises along the way.