Leprous are steadily climbing the ladder of (prog) music, releasing great albums one after another. With "Bilateral" and "Coal" finding their way to the top albums of 2011 and 2013 respectively and "The Congregation" topping the mid-year lists of 2015, we caught up with their singer / keyboardist / songwriter Einar Solberg to find out what hides in his musical world. Read about his ten favorite albums of all time, including some rather interesting choices...
1. Arvo Pärt - Fratres
You know those moments when all music (also things you normally like) sounds annoying? The only two solutions then is either silence, or Arvo Pärt. When I listen to his works (especially "Fratres"), I'm just floating. Goosebumps all over. I'm not religious, but this is the closest I get to a spiritual state of mind.
2. Radiohead - OK Computer
A timeless album. Way ahead of its time, and a pillar in the pop/rock history. So original, so emotional, deep and catchy. Iconic!
3. Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Maybe the favorite album of one of my main inspirations! Massive Attack are the masters of building songs around simple but very strong ideas. Despite on the surface this album can seem a bit repetitive, it's constantly evolving if you pay attention. The dark, mature and severe atmosphere on this album is highly appealing to me!
4. Massive Attack - Helligoland
An amazing album, and it's surprising and inspirational to see Massive Attack still delivering innovative, emotional and deep music almost 20 years after their debut album. Probably one of the albums I've listened the most to the last 5 years. There are no fillers on this album.
5. Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
Used to be my favorite album by Radiohead, until I as many others were taken by the "OK Computer" virus. This album has everything I like about Radiohead!
6. Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet
Haven't listened to it in a while, but it has definitely been a very important album to shape me into the musician I am today. Porcupine Tree were one of the few prog bands who made very good and emotional songs. The dark theme and atmosphere on his album is perfect.
7. Susanne Sundfør - The Brothel
Definitely one of my favorites. Susanne Sundfør is a complete artist. She has the personality, the skills, the uniqueness and the ability to captivate you. “The Brothel” is nothing short of a fantastic album.
8. Behemoth - The Satanist
I'd never been a big Behemoth fan before this album came out in 2014. But after seeing a few live shows with them, I discovered they're one of the few extreme metal bands that I truly believe in. Yes, it's pompous and over the top, but in all the right ways.
9. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
One of the most intense and unique albums I know! Whenever I'm in the mood for high intensity music, this is the album! It's not only intense and technical, it's also rather catchy!
10. The Prodigy - The Fat Of The Land
This album got me into alternative music in primary school! I remember imagine myself standing on a stage performing "Breathe" when I was only 10-11 years old. Very important album to me! And it doesn't only have a sentimental value, it's truly a great and unique album.