White Willow (band)

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White Willow is a Norwegian art rock band, mixing elements of orchestral pop, 1970s progressive rock, jazz-rock and even electronic elements. They have released 6 albums so far: 1995's Ignis Fatuus, which features symphonic folk rock in the vein of early King Crimson and Genesis as well as Mellow Candle; 1998's Ex Tenebris, which is minimalist prog/post-rock; 2000's Sacrament, a full-blown symphonic rock/pop release; 2004's Storm Season, the band's best-selling record to date,[1] mixing darker, more guitar-heavy elements into their sound, and their fifth studio album, Signal to Noise, which was released in August 2006. Their new album Terminal Twilight was released on October 17, 2011.[2] Terminal Twilight was well received by critics. Horror/rock website Bloody Disgusting wrote: "Stunningly beautiful, almost heart achingly so, Terminal Twilight unfolds and reveals itself like a painting that shows more and more with each viewing".[3] Allmusic.com called the album "a tour de force in inventive art rock".[4] MSN Music called it "a gorgeous, haunting album".[5] Terminal Twilight was also voted best produced album of 2011 by the readers of prog blog Progulator.[6]

White Willow's influences range from 10cc, The Beach Boys, Big Star and Steely Dan to King Crimson, Magma, Weather Report and even Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell.[7] They have been hailed by The Billboard Guide to Progressive Music as "one of the most significant progressive groups of the current era".[8] Typical of their sound is the prominence of female vocals, flute and mellotrons and analog synthesizers.

Many guest artists have appeared on White Willow's albums. They include Norwegian singer/songwriter Finn Coren,[9] British art-pop vocalist Tim Bowness,[10] and US avant-rock guitarist Michael S. Judge.[11] The band released 2011 her album Terminal Twilight, which featured the cover Animal Magnetism from the German band Scorpions.[12]

White Willow also has the interesting distinction of being the only progressive rock artist to require a warning label for the sub bass produced on the song "Paper Moon". This led to many bass music enthusiasts mistakenly buying the album.

Band members[edit]

Current band members[edit]

Former band members[edit]

  • Trude Eidtang - vocals
  • Marthe Berger Walthinsen - bass
  • Aage Moltke Schou - drums
  • Erik Holm - drums
  • Danny Young - drums
  • Alexander Engebretsen - bass
  • Per Christian Stenberg - bass
  • Eldrid Johansen - vocals
  • Sara Trondal - vocals
  • Tirill Mohn - violin
  • Audun Kjus - flute and vocals
  • Jan Tariq Rahman - keyboards, bass, woodwinds and vocals (founding member)



  1. ^ Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock, Retrieved 16.05.12.
  2. ^ "White Willow website". Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  3. ^ Bloody Disgusting, Retrieved 16.05.12.
  4. ^ Allmusic.com, Retrieved 16.05.12.
  5. ^ MSN Music, Retrieved 16.05.12.
  6. ^ Progulator, Retrieved 16.05.11.
  7. ^ Bill's Prog Blog Interview with J. Holm-Lupo, Retrieved 16.05.12.
  8. ^ "DPRP CD Reviews - 2000 - Volume 33". www.dprp.net. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  9. ^ Groove.no, Retrieved 16.05.12.
  10. ^ Tim Bowness Diary, Retrieved 16.05.12.
  11. ^ Rocktopia, Retrieved 16.05.12.
  12. ^ White Willow Release Fantastic Cover Of The Scorpions' “Animal Magnetism”

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