EINAR SOLBERG Announces Official Release Of “The Congregation Acoustic”

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Einar Solberg – frontman of Norwegian rock mavericks Leprous – released his debut solo album “16” earlier this year. But back at the beginning of 2022, he took on an entirely different solo endeavor. For a special live-streamed performance, he reinterpreted the Leprous album “The Congregation” in full, just piano and voice. Now that performance will see an official audio release as “The Congregation Acoustic” on February 16th, 2024.

“The Congregation Acoustic” will be released as a Ltd CD Digipak, Limited Gatefold 180g Black 2LP & as a Digital Album. The cover artwork was shot by Elena Sihida. Pre-order now HERE, and listen to Einar perform the track ‘The Flood’ below.

Einar Solberg‘The Flood’

Einar comments on the release: “I’m both super excited but also kind of terrified for me to release this live version of “The Congregation”. It’s raw and unedited and exactly how I did it on my livestream. Usually, all musicians these days (myself included) are used to fixing stuff in post-production, but on this one, we’ve done nothing! I think it’s cool sometimes to dare to show a more fragile and less “perfect” side of yourself. “The Congregation” is probably the least suitable album we’ve ever done to make an acoustic version of, but I think it turned out surprisingly OK!”

Einar Solberg is as renowned for the tender honesty of his lyrics as he is for the eccentric majesty of Leprous’ music. But even by his usual standards, “16” is an extremely emotional and dynamic piece of work. Einar describes the record as “the closest I’ve ever come to writing a concept album” and explains that the new songs are about a very specific and transformational period in the musician’s life. This is the sound of a restless spirit in his absolute element.

Einar & his solo live band have announced a couple of shows for 2024:

  • 06/19 – Rock Imperium (Spain) – Cartagena
  • 06/28 – Hellfest Open Air (France) – Clisson

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