A somber Western european trio who has a decidedly American type of rootsy rock and roll, Midnight Choir has steadily built not just a fervent group of fans, but a distinctive undertake Americana aswell. The trio of Paal Flaata (vocals/electric guitar), Ron Olsen (acoustic and electrical bass), and Al DeLoner (electric guitar and various various other instruments) started in Norway using the less-serious name from the Hashbrowns — busking and sometimes playing membership gigs until these were noticed by veteran key pad participant Lasse Hafreager. Probably uncertain using the leads of hinging a feasible music career in the name Hashbrowns, the group made a decision to seek out a fresh name. Reverent historians of folk and rock and roll — rather than afraid to use their influences on the collective sleeve — Midnight Choir got their fresh name from Leonard Cohen’s “Parrot on a Cable.” The depth of their understanding and reverence to rock and roll history were verified when they journeyed to Tx to record their debut beneath the assistance of guitarist Andrew Hardin. Best-known mainly because the musical partner of vocalist/songwriter Tom Russell, Hardin is really as highly respected mainly because he’s obscure. 2 yrs later on the group contacted another of their folk heroes, Chris Eckman from the Walkabouts, to create their second recording. Eckman was intrigued from the Scandinavians’ undertake Americana and documenting commenced — this time around in Seattle, WA — on the 1996 launch, Olsen’s Great deal. Aided by fellow Walkabout Carla Torgerson, the creation of Olsen’s Great deal discovered Midnight Choir settling to their personal audio and, with strings offering heavily on lots of the songs, taking full benefit of the studio room aswell. Despite a lukewarm response from your press and a canceled tour, Olsen’s Great deal could identical their debut commercially and garnered the group a Spellemannpris (Norwegian Grammy) nomination. In 1998, Chris Eckman was earned to create their following record along with Phill Dark brown, a noted engineer who’s best-known for his focus on Chat Talk’s landmark Heart of Eden record. The effect, Amsterdam Stranded, was a well-written, self-confident documenting that outsold its predecessors and gained compliment both in Norway and overseas. Eckman and Dark brown continued dealing with Midnight Choir on Unsung Heroine from 2000 and earned former Chat Chat associates Tim Friese-Greene and Lee Harris for the louder, rock-leaning 2003 discharge Looking forward to the Bricks to Fall.