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Bjørn Riis streams new single Desolate Place

Bjorn Riis
(Image credit: Krisma Records)

Airbag guitarist Bjørn Riis has released a new single, Desolate Place, which has been inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic. The single is released today through Karisma Records and you can listen to a stream below.

"I can see the road from my house and the bus that drives by no longer stops like it used to," Riis explains. "I had the guitar and this short piece that sounded like it could turn into something. Desolate Place pretty much wrote itself inspired by the strange and unfamiliar times we live in. It’s like a bad dream or a road movie where you drive to the next place or town in search of something better but it’s the same wherever you go.

"Together with long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftåas Sleipnes, we created this dark and almost claustrophobic atmosphere that tells a story in itself. I’ve never done a stand-alone track like this before but it felt like the right time and it’s rewarding to feel inspired in times like these."

With music and lyrics by Bjørn Riis, who also produced the track, and with mixing and mastering by Vegard Kleftåas Sleipnes, Desolate Place features Bjørn on vocals, guitars, bass, keys and programming and Vegard on  keys and programming.

New vinyl editions of the two first Bjørn Riis albums, Lullabies In A Car Crash and Forever Comes To An End will be re-released on March 5th 2021.

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Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.