Kanaan announce new record, Downpour, out on May 5th via Jansen Records
From the cold regions of Norway comes a young power trio that produces so much music that their fuzz pedals are hardly switched off between each practice session. The brilliantly raucous group we are referring to are, of course, Kanaan, who have just announced a new record, Downpour, which features a beautiful artwork by Robin Gnista Accompanying the announcement comes the record’s first single, “Amazon”, which features the famed Norwegian jazz guitarist Hedvig Mollestad – you can listen to the single below this article.
It’s not difficult to hear that this is a continuation of their last record, 2021s Earthbound. Indeed, many of the ideas on Downpour came about when they recorded their previous record in Athletic Sound in Halden, with the heaviest songs on it being a continuation of the idea of ”The Great Riff” and the feeling of triumphant ecstasy when one good riff is replaced by another. Bands such as Kyuss, MC5, Sleep and Hawkwind are still great sources of inspiration, while Needlepoint and Dungen are also important markers for the more melodic material on Downpour. You truly have to hold tight and not fall out of your chair when Kanaan blast out the monster riffs on songs like “Orbit”, “Solaris pt. 2” and the aforementioned “Amazon”. The band themselves say they feel that the chemistry and songwriting on this record, to a greater extent, allowed them to really own the rock language that they flirted with on Earthbound, and it feels like a worthy sequel to a record that has since become very important in the band’s history.
Downpour will be released on May 5th via Jansen Records. Physical and digital pre-orders are now available here.
Photo credit: Gonçalo Carvalho