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The Opium Cartel

he Opium Cartel is a vehicle for the pop leanings of guitarist/songwriter/producer Jacob Holm-Lupo, best known as the leader of Norway's art. rock band White Willow. Working in close collaboration with drummer/producer/keyboardist Mattias Olsson, known from Änglagård and Pineforest Crunch as well as White Willow, the project also utilizes a variety of vocal and instrumental talents in somewhat of a revolving door policy.

Their first album "Night Blooms" from 2009, featured the vocal talents of Rachel Haden (That Dog, Todd Ru ...read more

he Opium Cartel is a vehicle for the pop leanings of guitarist/songwriter/producer Jacob Holm-Lupo, best known as the leader of Norway's art. rock band White Willow. Working in close collaboration with drummer/producer/keyboardist Mattias Olsson, known from Änglagård and Pineforest Crunch as well as White Willow, the project also utilizes a variety of vocal and instrumental talents in somewhat of a revolving door policy.

Their first album "Night Blooms" from 2009, featured the vocal talents of Rachel Haden (That Dog, Todd Rundgren, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World), Tim Bowness (No-Man, Henry Fool), Stephen Bennett (Henry Fool, No-Man) and Rhys Marsh, as well as instrumentalists from bands like White Willow, Jaga Jazzist and Wobbler. On follow-up "Ardor", Jacob has again drawn around him a group of different singers, including one of Norway's most well-known pop singers, Venke Knutson, who has scored several top 10 hits. Tim Bowness, Stephen Bennett and Rhys Marsh also return as singers on this new album.

Influences on The Opium Cartel's music include 80's art pop such as Japan, Roxy Music, Prefab Sprout and The Blue Nile, as well as 70's folk. rock like Sandy Denny and Nick Drake. Reviewers have variously referred to the music as "dream-pop, folktronica and art-pop". « hide

Similar Bands: White Willow, Anglagard, No-Man, Kaukasus

Ardor
11/01/2013

Night Blooms
2009

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