Morten Harket

Morten Harket

End of January 2012. From the balcony of his hotel room Morten Harket looks at the Avenida Atlantica in Rio de Janiero. From Copacabana blowing a warm breeze across. Traffic noise and beach crowds form a varied rhythm. pulsates The full life.

FOR a moment can Harket act the beats of the metropolis itself. It is a shimmering mixture that seems to inspire his optimism. "My visit here is a first step out of the cave," he says with his distinctive smile. He has returned to that city, where he once played to almost 200,000 people. A record crowd for his band a-ha, who had in 1991 blasted all dimensions. 21 years later, he is about to restart.

"The studio recordings are finished and I am pleased once again to step out into the light of day." The schedule is tightly packed, his Brazilian fans meets Harket as part of a moderated Question Time. On this occasion, he first presented his new solo album "Out Of My Hands". A quite emotional situation; Finally now inevitably begins the next chapter career. A camera team working on a documentary about his eventful life, accompanying him along.

"The spirit of a-ha is deep in my heart," says Morten Harket. "I feel a lot of respect for what has happened over the years, but the idea of ​​this band is not told to the end. On the contrary. It was a dignified ending, which has left all options open". He connects these memories with the December 4th 2010, as a final, nine-month aha World Tour with the triumphant farewell concert at the Spectrum arena of Oslo ended.

"The accounts were balanced I wanted to start by no means somewhat half-hearted. But I also felt that it could go on." Harket becoming the torchbearer of the most successful band in pop history projects. Following their legendary debut single "Take On Me" (1985) published a-ha nine studio albums that have sold to date around 40 million copies worldwide.

Songs like "The Sun Always Shines on TV", "The Living Daylights" "Manhattan Skyline", "Hunting High and Low" or "Summer Moved On" have become modern classics. No other band in the post-New Wave era of the mid eighties succeeded across to so successfully develop their fusion of rock and electronic More than 25 years on. A special position that Morten Harket has since its inception. As a singer, songwriter, bandleader, environmental activist and citizen of the world.

His previous solo albums "Poetenes Gospel" (1993) and "Vogts Villa" (1996) dedicated to thematic concepts or were like "Letters from Egypt" (2008) created as a collection of songs from different artistic phases. "Out of my Hands" hand created as a compact pop production. No trips to specific genres, but hooks and anthems, which transfer the large a-ha moments in the Present Time.

"There even exists a real starting point in March 2011," says Harket says. "Some songs were originated directly in my house on the Oslo Fjord, as me a few chords buzzed middle of the night by the head. The next morning I immediately phoned Erik and we played first sketches a on piano. Within 30 minutes we had a structure in the box. " In a "network of inspirations" he assembled a team of tried and new colleagues around.

For text work him stood the Norwegian poet Ole Sverre Olsen aside, a longtime friend of Harket. Tour keyboardist and Basssist Erik Ljunggren ranks beside Peter Kvint from Sweden and the Englishman Steve Osborne (who already participated in a-ha album "Foot of the Mountain") to the co-producer. Along with Ole Sverre Olsen and Peter Kvint Harket has about the striking one-liners for the uptempo anthem "I'm The One" wrote:

A poetic Vanbanque game between love song and the great existential questions of life. "Overall it was a two-way process, which has developed into a dense interplay of various heads and inspirations." Harkert describes the creative process to "Out Of My Hands". As a director and artisans while he feilte to the arrangements, the fresh and powerful extrapolate its great sound tradition.

In the single "Scared Of Heights" floats Harket's unique voice through a featherlight uptempo Arragement the Norwegian songwriter Espen Lind, the 2009 was also involved in the hit "Hey Soul Sister" by Train. And with the driving rhythm immediately arises again those very special a-ha magic one in which a clear will: It goes on!

The spectrum ranges from the melancholic ballad "Quiet" with its finely woven dialogue a semi-acoustic guitar and warm synth tones bishin to perk forward marching "Lightning", in which the sound walls hochschrauben to the chorus steadily toward. "When I Reach The Moon" again combines a distinctive guitar riff with Harketts unmistakable falsetto. The powerful anthem "Burn Money Burn" is the original song "Kärleken VÄntar" the Swedish band Kent back.

It is a free, English interpretation of the original text of songwriter Joakim Berg that (about the song "East Timor" from "Wild Seed" album) formulated no explicit messages, unlike previous political statements Harket. "The present crisis of capitalism is a bit too complex for the pop stage and I do not see as a preacher," says Harkett. "But that does not mean that I no longer am involved -. But just in other ways"

Morten Harket has a new balance found. His beswingte solo presentation in Rio de Janiero is representative of the aura of "Out Of My Hands". An impressive commitment to the great pop song, which will be implemented in a broad Live Tour already in mid-April 2012 Design. A travel marathon, which will take him from Russia through Europe and later to South America.

"We just start rehearsing the new songs for live performances," he says. "That will develop modular and if the current material is, we can think about how they fit earlier songs in this drama. The fans can bring their favorites via online voting. It is an open situation."

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