In March 2014, guitarist Kim Myhr released the critically acclaimed solo record «All Your Limbs Singing» (SOFA); an orchestral exploration of the 12-string guitar sounding like something in between American folk strumming and 60s avant-garde soundmass orchestral music. On the new solo album «Bloom» he takes his music in a new and more electronic direction. «Bloom» is an adventurous and generous sounding new landmark recording from Kim Myhr. The album is being released as a CD, DL and a LP and printed inner sleeve.
On the surface the «Bloom» is quite different from its predecessor: there´s lots of overdubs, electric guitars, electronics and some acoustic guitars too. Generosity is maybe a keyword; both in the album’s sound, the composition process, as well as in the sources of inspiration: "I was listening a lot to Ram Narayan and Milton Nascimento, as well as psych-folk stuff in the period coming up to the recording. I think I wanted to make music with a certain warmth to it.», Kim Myhr said in a recent interview. "My previous solo album was recorded during a two day-session, with few edits being done afterwords. The music was created during several years of concerts and touring.» «Bloom» on the other hand is a proper studio album: "I first recorded sketches for two weeks. I had a break, and then picked the project up again and worked for six consecutive weeks until I was pleased. It was a very intense and focused composition process. My acoustic 12-string guitar music is often physically demanding to play, and I wanted to work with sound in a different way. So on «Bloom» the richness of texture comes from the recording process, and treatments of various electronic and acoustic sounds. It´s a studio construction, but it’s still a natural continuation of the music, I think.»
Myhr is an active composer, and writes for chamber ensembles, electroacoustic settings and various theatrical projects. He is also a member of the MURAL (Ingar Zach, Jim Denley) and Circadia (David Stackenäs, Joe Williamson, Tony Buck). Kim has done collaborations with Sidsel Endresen, Sebastian Roux, Lasse Marhaug to mention just a few.