Universal Cycle

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Universal Cycle:
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Released October 1st 2014

Recorded in IsItArt Studio, Sweden, by Peder Kjellsby & Sjur Miljeteig, and in Propeller Music Division, Oslo, Norway, by Morgan Nicolaysen.
Mixed by Morgan Nicolaysen at Propeller Music Division. Mastered by Chris Sansom at Propeller Music Division.

All tracks written by Jonas H. Sjøvaag, except track 2, 5 & 6 written by Andreas Ulvo.
Produced by Jonas H. Sjøvaag, Sigurd Hole & Andreas Ulvo. Cover photo (Untitled #21 / Red Mirage), booklet photos & cover design by Jonas H. Sjøvaag.

Liner Notes:
You start in the barren desert, and then you walk through the woods. Entering a small forest island in which there are no trees, only open space surrounding the watering hole where all animals come to drink. Then you pass that gleaming, in that particular forest, abandoning the direct sunlight, seeking refuge in the shades beneath a dense layer of vegetation.

In there it’s cooler, and when you look up you can sometimes see how the sun and the blue sky peeks through the greens. Birds are audible, you can hear how they sing, how they eat and how they die. Some are caught by predators in a swift and sudden carnivorous action, others are falling motionless to the ground. The latter provides energy for a different chain; one that attacks much slower but one that is much more thorough.

After the forest comes the mountain. A steep climb, one that has not been climbed before, and it rises in front of you; rocks, dirt and compost piled up and built over a million years, but you shall conquer it, starting by lifting your body on the strength of your lower extremities. It’s humanity and evolution that lifts your body over that first rock. You are part of a community, and this is how we are made.

Then you reach the top, and the sweat is dripping down your forehead, it trickles into your eyes and makes you blink. From there you see nothing, and you see everything. The sky is blue, and the sun is warm on your skin. You’re a conqueror, and you see what you have been granted through your effort. Descending from the mountain you see water from the great Ocean flowing with enormous force, grinding away the stones in its path. When you first set foot in it you feel an enormous joy that stems from how you know that you belong in all of your surroundings.

This, in essence, tells The Observer that human emotion always relies on a connection between the body and the mind. Such is our collective nature, and we are all susceptible to modes of input.

´Universal Cycle´ was made in a time where it felt natural to embrace extroversion as a mode of output. It may not become the norm.

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Appearing as

Drummer, Composer, Photographer, Designer


# Title Composer
1 Setting Foot on Another Planet Jonas Howden Sjøvaag
2 One Elephant Andreas Ulvo
3 Island Sunrise Jonas Howden Sjøvaag
4 In Our Home, Where We Live Jonas Howden Sjøvaag
5 First Sun Andreas Ulvo
6 Tippler's Insomnia Andreas Ulvo
7 And Now, Many Days Have Passed Jonas Howden Sjøvaag
8 Morning Stillness, Crisp Air Jonas Howden Sjøvaag
9 On A Road That Never Ends Jonas Howden Sjøvaag


Recommended: Eple Trio – “Universal Cycle” / Dave Sumner
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A strong new release from the Eple Trio, who create blissfully serene soundscapes in the Nordic Jazz style. Universal Cycle is the kind of music for drifting away to, but the trio of pianist Andreas Ulvo, bassist Sigurd Hole and drummer Jonas... read more

Aron Nørsteby / Jazznytt
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"Bandet forteller ekstremt tydelige historier som denne lytteren tas med i og tror på. Det er historier om at vakkert finnes" - Aron Nørsteby

Lira / Carl Magnus Juliusson
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Universal Cycle är norska Eple Trios fjärde skiva. I år firar de tio år som grupp. Bandet består av Andreas Ulvo (piano), Sigurd Hole (bas) och Jonas H Sjøvaag (trummor) – men på vissa av spåren på skivan har de fått förstärkning av Mathias Eick... read more

Sømløs Enhet / Olav Gorseth
Rating: 5/6

EPLE TRIO er ute med sin fjerde plate. I utgangspunktet er de en klassisk pianotrio, men på denne platen har de også fått med seg gjestemusikere som utvider det musikalske uttrykket. Gitaristen Ivar Grydeland og trompeteren Mathias Eick supplerer... read more

Universal Cycle / by Ruben Olsen Lærk
Rating: 2 Huzzah!

The liner notes that came with this album starts with "You start in the barren dessert, and then you walk through the woods". I do not agree. This is a superbly executed soundtrack to long forgotten genres of science fiction movies about... read more

From Sound & Image - DE
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Sie nennen sich „Apfel Trio” und gehören zu Norwegens Jazz-Elite. „Universal Cycle” ist bereits das vierte Album. Die Musik des Trio kann man unter dem Oberbegriff „Entschleunigungsmusik” zusammenfassen. Die Klangbilder, die von Piano, Bass und... read more

Pick of the Week: Eple Trio
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Pick of the Week:
Eple Trio, Universal Cycle: A gorgeous new album from the trio of pianist Andreas Ulvo, bassist Sigurd Hole and drummer Jonas Sjovaag. A prime example of how the best expressions of the Nordic Jazz style can craft dreamy... read more

Fantastiske Epler / Tor Hammerø
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Kollektivet Eple Trio feirer 10 års jubileum med et visittkort som forteller oss at bandet aldri har vært bedre. Sigurd Hole, Andreas Ulvo og Jonas Howden Sjøvaag er klar for hva og hvor det skulle være.

Eple Trio har siden de tre møtte... read more

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