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Kari Rueslåtten (born October 3, 1973 in Norway) is a Norwegian singer. After taking part of some local bands, she joined the cult doom metal band The 3rd and the Mortal and with whom she recorded the demo The 3rd And The Mortal in 1993, the EP Sorrow in 1993 and the full-length album Tears Laid in Earth in 1994 through the record label Voices of Wonder. The music was strongly atmospheric mixing progressive and metal elements. She left the band to join the project Storm and recorded Nordavind and her first solo release Demo Recordings, both being Nordic-folk-music styled.

Spindelsinn, her first official solo album came out in 1997 through Sony Norway. Sung entirely in the Norwegian language making honour to the folk style shown before. She was also nominated as best vocal artist in the Norwegian Grammy Awards as best female artist at the Norwegian Hit-Awards. The Following year the second release Mesmerised came out. A mellower album, with more personal lyrics in which she left the folk-acoustic style in favour of exploring more modern sounds. The singing style reminds in some parts to Tori Amos mixed with her own style.

She became tired of relying on producers to get the sounds she wanted for her songs so she decided to study production and went to London, England for a couple of years. After joining the Swedish label GMR Music Group Kari released a come back album, the experimental 'Pilot' which contains a lot of modern sounds. In January 2005, 'Other People's Stories' was issued, showing a simpler side of her music but without losing the modern feel, quality and passion in her performance.

Rueslåtten has also been featured in a handful of drum 'n' bass tracks by Norwegian duo Rawthang. Her vocals is also featured on a very famous classical hardcore record, by Art of Fighters, called "Artwork". That track where included on Dutch Hardstyle DJ, The Prophet´s Dj Mix, "Hard 3"

On the web:

- Kari's official website: http://www.karirueslatten.com/

What do we think:


DB: I bought 'Other people stories' because i liked the cover. It has that mystical scandivian aura around it. It turns so does the music which is very interesting. There is only a but, and that is that when she sings in English she sounds like a copy of singer Heather Nova but then less. Too bad because musically she certainly got my attention. I'm hoping the Norwegian sung albums are better.

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? - Spindelsinn -1997

♪♪♪ - Other People's Stories -2005

Further listening: Demo Recordings (1995) ; Mesmerised (1998) ; Pilot (2002)

♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


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