I came across Port Almond’s music when I have received their beautiful Vinyl as a gift from the music label ‘Low Swing Records’ who happens to be the same label my album was recorded and produced in. I came home that night, turned my recored player on, put my headphones on, and sank into a truthful, dreamy, gentle and wonderfully made piece of music.
‘Port Almond’ is the new alter ego of Norwegian singer-songwriter Rune Simonsen – also known as the lead singer of Washington (Mount Washington) and Lagoonbird.
I feel very lucky to host Port Almond in our upcoming Framed #25 event.
As usual, I asked Rune some questions I found interesting, and he was kind enough to answer. I encourage you to keep on reading this interview with this very sweet man:
What is music to you?
What was the moment your musical journey had started? and what or who were your early musical influences?
My musical journey began in the late 90’s as I was introduced to some great artists: Bill Callahan, Jason Molina, Jeff Buckley, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Sparklehorse, Emilou Harris, David Bowie and many more. At first I fell in love with alternative rock (and still am!) because of the way this type of music breaks with more ordinary ideas in music. That “offness” just excites me and gets my imagination going. Later I ventured quite a bit through the american country & folk music scene and found lots of inspiration from it.
How does your songwriting process looks like?
How would you describe Port Almond’s sound?
Tell us about your beautiful Album that you’ve recorder at Low Swing Records?
Thank you for the complement! I think a lot of credit has to go to Guy and all the great musicians that took part in the recording session. I am personally very happy with it. It’s the first time I record entirely to tape without the luxury of computer production tools. I found it to be a real challenge because of the nature of it all: capture the music as-it-is, make no mistakes, keep the music as vibrant as possible, don’t panic when you hear “tape rolling” in your earphones… Guy even made a tape-loop (actually cut the tape in a very old-fashioned way) and asked me to play along to the tempo of it. It sounded like a seal in the ocean…But we pulled it off and it all became a great learning experience. I’m very grateful for it.
What can you tell us about the upcoming concert at Framed? What should we expect?
We very much look forward to play at Framed. I’ve always been a big fan of art (though I’m no expert) and I think it’s a fantastic idea to combine music and art like Framed does. Now that I’ve been introduced to the works of Richard Colombel, I can’t wait to see the exhibition. Me and Erik Nilsson (keys) will do our best to interpret the feeling created by Richard and choose a selection of songs that might fit in with the surrounding pieces of work.
What music do you listen to these days?
These days I listen to Amen Dunes, Snail Mail, Clairo, Low, Spoon, Frankie Cosmos – and sometimes a nice quiet jazz record. I’m still getting to know the genre but I really like T. Monk and Coltrane!
Tell us about your next musical/spiritual goal/dream