Music* The Sound – Winning / Photography* Øystein Aspelund – Keep on walking

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From the Lions Mouth is the second studio album by English post-punk band the Sound, released in November 1981 on record label Korova.
Studio: Rockfield Studios, Monmouthshire, Wales.
Producers: The Sound, Hugh Jones.
Winning by Adrian Borland, Max Mayers, Graham Green, Michael Dudley.
“The Sound’s inability to break through to the type of ’80s post-punk prominence reserved for the likes of Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen, the two bands the Sound fell in between sound-wise, isn’t all that easy to explain away. When a deserving band fails at to become something of a household name, the easy targets — the industry, the press, the drug problems, the coke-head producer who mangled what was supposed to be the “Big Record” — are normally fingered. But none of those targets truly apply here in the strictest sense. While most of the Sound’s records weren’t released in the U.S., no American record executive can take any blame; they can simply point to the fact that the Sound were merely respectable unit shifters — a prototypical cult act — in their homeland of England, so they wouldn’t have fared well across the pond. The press was generally supportive, especially early on; collectively they gave the band more positive reviews than most others, which makes perfect sense because none of the Sound’s five studio LPs suffered from uneven characteristics. Each one made progress from the previous and each one ranged from good to spectacular. Their songs had hooks and emotional impact without bombast, with lyrics that often confronted the problems of young adulthood without simply moping and falling into escapist chutes. The members themselves weren’t cute teen idol types (though they were far from being tough on the eye), and they didn’t have big personalities or say big things during interviews, but that’s obviously no fault of their own. They were able to cultivate large followings in Germany and Holland, but aside from those countries and a couple other European territories, indifference and history has made them all but invisible…”
biography by Andy Kellman continues on allmusic.

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Øystein Aspelund
I am a photographer based in Trondheim, Norway. I have always been interested in visual expressions. However, my photographical journey started in 2009. I like to explore themes and investigate ideas through series of images. My background from architecture affects my work, motivation and choices of topics. Thematically, I seek to have a kind of cultural presence in my photographs. I like to travel where my camera takes me, often to places people don’t know exist. I try to show the world in a different way than people usually see it.
One of my main themes of inspiration are places that have seen rapid changes. It may be borderlands where the civilization turns into the wild. Or reflections on the struggle between man and his environment. Often the results end up in a field between traditional documentary and art photography.
Some of my work involves investigations into the relationship between color and shapes, in a more minimalistic way. But beauty itself is not enough. A great picture also needs substance, a kind of deeper meaning, with possibilities to reach further levels of understanding, investigations and enlightenment.
To me, one of the unique aspects of photography is its power to document. Even if it is not necessary a true documentation of reality.

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