“Long Slow Distance is a training method for long-distance running. I just thought the words described the music that we were trying to make,” says Sivert Høyem about the majestic title track of his striking new album.

“Life is not a sprint, it's a marathon. Long Slow Distance is a good existential metaphor. It really fits the desolate mood, it says something about the themes on the album,” expands the vocalist who hails from Sortland, an area of northern Norway known for its wide open spaces and the long, dark nights of the soul non-Scandinavian reviewers have been alluding to ever since they first heard his distinctive, haunting baritone in the late nineties.

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