Norwegian prog act Airbag is set to release a remastered version of their fourth album via Karisma Records.
Disconnected, originally released in 2016, was the follow-up to the bands critically acclaimed 2013 release ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. The album features six songs with a common theme running through them. From the opening track, ‘Killer’, to the thirteen-minute long title track, the listener is taken on a sonic journey of lush soundscapes and arrangements, underlined by soaring guitars and soulful vocals.
As always, Airbag masters the art of creating a strong narrative listening-experience by closely tying together lyrical themes and music. Another central point to make note of with Disconnected, is how Airbag ventures even deeper into blending musical styles and sounds, which also greatly contributes to creating the unique listening experience that Airbag is, by now, well-known for. Disconnected is a reflection on the theme of alienation between the individual and society, what society expects from us as individuals, and our resultant failure to live up to those expectations. Each of the six compositions depicts the state of feeling on 'the outside’ and out of touch with oneself and those around us.
Airbag’s music is best described as scenic, epic rock. Airbag’s four hugely successful album releases, Identity (2009), All Right Removed (2011), The Greatest Show on Earth (2013) and Disconnected (2016), has gained the band a solid following and reputation among both fans and the press. Prog Magazine described The Greatest Show on Earth as a "confident step in the right direction, so much so you’re led to believe that album number four really could be the big one". And upon the album’s initial release, they continued: “…with Disconnected there’s no questioning the size of the Oslo five-piece’s sound. They’ve further proved their way with huge, expansive sonic visas, through six songs that are often irresistibly, comfortingly widescreen in their aesthetics and melodic sweep.”
For the production of Disconnected, Airbag has once again teamed up with long-time collaborator and engineer Vegard Sleipnes. The album is produced by Asle Tostrup and Bjørn Riis, and, as always, the Airbag cover is designed by singer Tostrup.
The album has been meticulously remastered for vinyl by White Willow mastermind Jacob Holm-Lupo, and is the first in a series of remastered Airbag vinyl releases on Karisma Records.