I named this EP after the Gudbransdalen Valley, it's a truly iconic part of the Norwegian countryside but importantly for me, it's also a place where my family owned a farmhouse and I spent a large part of my childhood. It's a huge part of me and I always knew I wanted to honour it in some way through my music.

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So last year I went back to the area in the valley that I grew up in called Øyer with a tape recorder and spent a few days capturing the sounds of nature there, the streams, the animals and the wind in the trees. I brought a few synthesisers with me and whilst I was staying in our log cabin there I ended up using a lot of those 'found sounds's to make the track 'Vår I Øyer', which translated simply means 'Spring In Øyer'.

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It's a really special part of the country, sometimes it can be just you and the animals and with no one else around for miles. Being back there surrounded by nature was really inspiring and I decided to expand on the themes, both musical and conceptual, and produce a full EP. With each of the tracks representing a different aspect of my relationship to the place.

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So 'Kjeiken' was named in tribute to our farmhouse and the playful days we spent there each year. It was a great place to grow up and every summer was spent walking in the valley, exploring the pine forests and fields.

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Whereas 'Hafjell' was named after one of Norway's most famous ski areas that is close to Øyer, and I drew inspiration for it from the feeling you get as you look down the slope and prepare to attack the piste. There's this moment of anticipation, where you hang in the air before you attack and time feels suspended and then this rush hits you.

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And then with 'Vertikal Vind', I was inspired by the long night drive home I'd have to make at the end of each trip from Gudbrandsdalen back to Bergen. In winter the snow piles up in these huge drifts either side of the road, so it becomes almost a bit like a tunnel. At night when you're driving and the snowflakes in the air are caught in your headlights it's a beautiful, eerie and hypnotic scene. I really wanted to capture some of that feel in my music.

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With this EP I really wanted to convey some of the wildness, beauty and magic of the Gudbransdalen Valley, bring a little bit of it back with me to the city, and share it with people from all around the world.

Cavego's Gudbrandsdalen EP is out now via Eskimo Recordings.