NEW SINGLE 'MARE' OUT NOW

NEW SINGLE 'MARE' OUT NOW

Our New Single Mare is out now.

Mare was originally written by our guitarist Håkon Høiberg in 2016.

We decided not to include the song on ‘Flown’, but it was given new life when Håkon attempted to rearrange it in the style of Brian Wilson. We thought the result sounded inspired, while an improvised jam resulted in the folk riff at the beginning and end. The lyric was reworked right up until it was finally recorded, and is about trying to break free of invisible shackles and the yearning for something more. We tried to balance the earnest expression of emotions with more obscure imagery, and achieving the right blend took a lot of time and effort.

FIRMAMENT

FIRMAMENT

Our new album Firmament is released on 2nd September 2022.

Consisting of twelve direct, vivid and melody-driven songs, it is a record bursting with life and colour, making for an engaging and constantly surprising journey as it weaves a route from strings-infused chamber pop, through evocative indie-folk and lush electronics and into grandiose art rock.

An ambitious artistic statement, ‘Firmament’ will appeal musically to fans of artists such as Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Steven Wilson and Tears For Fears, while thematically it explores further the landscape of melancholy and longing that was introduced on ‘Flown’, although those sensations are now contextualised in the depressions of the modern world, juxtaposed against romanticised ideas of simpler times through childhood memories interspersed with myths and superstition.

FLOWN

FLOWN

‘Elegiac and beautifully dense post-prog from Norway… Music caught between the dreaming and waking, losing yourself somewhere in the sky.’ Prog (UK)

‘The dream debut that every band hopes for and that few bands are capable of.’ iO Pages (NL)

‘I cannot remember having heard a stronger debut album.
Revelation of the Year.’ NRK ProgLogg (NO)

‘Masterpiece.
Norwegian Album of the Year.’ Disharmoni (NO)

 

‘A better debut could not have been hoped for. 10/10.’ Musipedia of Metal (UK)

 

This may be the only album that you ever need for the rest of your life.’ Velvet Thunder (UK)

ABOUT US

Following their critically acclaimed debut album Flown (2020), Oslo-based art rockers Dim Gray return with their sophomore album Firmament on 2nd September 2022 . With twelve direct, vivid and melody-driven songs, the album is bursting with life and colour, making for an engaging and constantly surprising journey as it weaves a route from strings-infused chamber pop, through evocative indie folk and lush electronics and into grandiose art rock. 

Firmament is an ambitious musical statement that will appeal to fans of artists such as Radiohead, Fleet Foxes, Steven Wilson, Sigur Rós and Susanne Sundfør. Thematically, Dim Gray further explore the landscape of loneliness and melancholy that was introduced on Flown, but this time those sensations are contextualised in the depressions of the modern world and juxtaposed against romanticised ideas of “simpler times” through childhood memories interspersed with myths and superstition.

The trio who form Dim Gray came from different places, both musically and geographically, with all three – Håkon Høiberg, Oskar Holldorff and Tom Ian Klungland – moving from different parts of Norway to its capital city in 2012 to continue their studies. Having found each other, they soon began playing together. The three members have contrasting musical backgrounds in genres as diverse as black metal, progressive rock, blues, folk and film music, but in fusing these together they began to develop their own distinctive and unique sound. 

2020 saw the band issue the songs ‘Ráth’, ‘Again’, ‘Light Anew’ and ‘Ouroboros’ prior to a digital only debut album entitled Flown in the summer. A concept record with intertwining songs structured like one continuous story, the album relates a vivid tale of loss and loneliness that constantly twists and turns, with intimate and spatial moments offset with massive and colourful soundscapes. Flown was released on double vinyl and CD in 2021.

Dim Gray are:

Håkon Høiberg—guitars, vocals

Oskar Holldorff—vocals, keyboards

Tom Ian Klungland—drums, vocals

LIVE

20TH MAY

We Låve Rock Festival, Asker, Norway

21ST MAY

Marillion Weekend, Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden

Dim Gray will support Marillion (as part of the Marillion Weekend Sweden event) on Saturday 21st May at Cirkus in Stockholm and will be touring in autumn 2022. 

11TH JUNE

11th June: Kråkeslottfestivalen, Senja, Norway

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LYRICS

FLOWN

Are you listening in

This story begins at the end

 

Wish I could go back

Sun radiant black, come again

 

Something in the air

I was unaware it was there

 

Something in that look

I was read like the page of a book

Understood

 

Winding path

Long and dark

Pull me in

I’ve come to see you again

 

Forest cold

Deep and old

Pull me in

No one will see me again

 

Are you listening in

Where do I begin, say again

 

I wish I was old

Then maybe I’d know how to feel

When out at sea

 

I wish I was whole

But there’s just a stone where a beating

Heart should be

 

Chasing my tail again

A circle with no end

Before or after this

I’ll look for what I missed

Not sure what I heard

Felt confused and left behind

Blurred echoes of words you’d said

Staring down an empty glass

 

I wanted away from you and I

Still dark

Hearts once flesh have turned to stone

And the wave we thought we’d ride forever

Has stilled

 

The last call had come and gone

The silent moment before dawn

I thought I’d opened my eyes

But all was still dark

 

I wanted away from you and I

Still dark

The wee hours have turned to days

And the wave we thought we’d ride forever

Has stilled

 

Tell her you saw me

I wandered, I am lost

Tell her my heart has gone cold

I tried, yet could not see

You are getting closer

Drifting overseas 

To find missing pieces

Wherever you are

I hope you understand

We’ve got to get going

 

Every night the signs are clear

You follow them blindly over and over again

Every top, every peak

Seems to shine for lonely ones who seek

Wait till it’s morning, then we will get going  

 

So how did it go

Did you lose something on the way

Slipped through your fingers

Whoever she was

Words don’t make sense

We’ve got to get going

 

Every night the signs awake

Maybe it’s time to make a run for it

Awaiting dawn, all lights are gone

Don’t you know it’s time to go on

It’s almost morning

Time to get going

 

Oh, I’m drifting overseas

Farther away than I’ve ever been

Oh, night’s almost over

I know you’ve got to be out there somewhere

Light nearly blinded my eyes

Couldn’t hide anywhere

From that radiant stare

Daytime ráth

Wanderer cross my path 

Tell me where to hide

For these colours flood my eyes

 

Night covered all of the sky

Oh, that emptiest dome

Made me feel all alone

Midnight ráth

Wanderer cross my path

Tell me where to go

For my eyes turn black as crow

 

Tracing the circle around

Oh, this empty sphere

Speaks of days when you were still here

 

Mist shrouded us in its veil

Oh, did we ever exist

Outside this empty tale

Twilight ráth

Wanderer cross my path

Turn this heart of stone

For this gray is all I know

 

Light…

I’m hearing old

Whispers in my ear

I’m leaving out those eager sounds

Though I fear they know where I am

 

I’ve never known

What I will find out there

I want to see what’s left for me

Out there, take me somewhere else

 

Every path leads the same way

And always ends when I begin wandering

Do you listen, are you there again

I see no trails, but I hear the voices

 

Every path leads the same way

And always ends when I begin wandering

So take my hand and lead the way again

I see no trails, but I hear the voices

My dearest sings

North wind brings

Trees in motion

Drastic notions

 

A songbird’s wing

Won’t unfold

Waves in oceans      

Helpless, cold

 

Heavy breath

Deep and old

The forest darkly

Turns to mold

 

Light anew

Warm and bright

Naught to dread

My dearest flew

 

Where do I go, is there a sign I can’t find

I’m looking for you, but now my eyes have gone blind

Are you a vision, a sight in the dim

A spirit away, a man out of mind

No one is looking

I say hello

Dazed I stand, empty head

Where are you, talk to me

I left you around here somewhere

In the cold

 

Don’t wait up late

I’ll be okay

Leave on some light to show the way

 

The trees are talking

They say hello

They’re so tall, I feel small

I’d rather be with you

You left me behind and I’m tired

And afraid

 

Don’t stay up late

I can’t find my way

I don’t think that I’ll be home today

 

No one is looking

Come say hello

I say goodbye and let go 

Of my empty heart 

And blood that won’t flow  

As the rain turns to snow 

 

These years, these seasons 

They spiral off their course 

As I watch them with ease 

I lie here with my dreamer’s disease 

 

A kiss on the cheek 

A pat on the back 

Can’t wake up anymore

I’m stuck here with my dreamer’s disease

I lie here with my dreamer’s disease 

I lie here with my dream…

 

Now I know you are gone 

I’ve been waiting for so damn long 

You’re always on my mind 

And sometimes you and I 

Lie here with our dreamer’s disease 

 

I sense something urging me on

Can I follow where you have gone

Can I follow where you have flown

 

Sun rising from the sea

As the ocean stirs to retrieve

I was blind but now I can see

Light falls in shafts through the leaves

I break free from my dreamer’s diseas

Waves breaking on the shore

To fade and be no more

Waves crashing on hard stone

Here comes another one

 

Guided by light and shade

I try to find my way

I turn and all I see

Looks all the same to me

 

It’s better to believe that you ran away 

Better to believe that you got away 

Better than to fear that you aren’t here 

Better than to feel that you are not here 

 

Chasing my tail again

A circle with no end

Before or after this

I’ll look for what I missed

Wander in the morning light

Sun is shining in my eyes

You walk by my side

We are not talking

 

Black sun shining rays of night

Brilliant shadows strange and wide

Someone shut my eyes

Why are we falling

 

Luminous shadows never leave me alone

Reaching through skin into my heart of stone

I’ll change my path but around the next bend

You’re still there, is this where it will end

 

Where did my future go

Why did you not warn me so

Nightfall has arrived

It was just morning

 

Luminous shadows never leave me alone

Reaching through skin into my heart of stone

I’ll change my path but around the next bend

You’ve edged closer, is this where it ends

 

Oh, why are we falling

 

Luminous shadow never leave me alone

Reach through my skin and turn this heart of stone

I’ll walk this path till I see where it ends

Light the way, this is where it begins

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Management: Nick Shilton at Kingmaker Management