Album Remarks & Appraisals:
We live in a time where the soulful, funky side of bygone decades, west coast pop (think Steely Dan, Michael McDonald and Doobie Brothers), has received a tremendous renaissance among hipsters and other trend-conscious young music fans, in an ironic packaging under the banner "yacht rock". But funnily enough, few of these seem to have noticed that one of the foremost practitioners of this style of music at present, is Norwegian. Maybe it's because irony is a completely foreign concept when describing the music of Ole Børud. "Stepping Up" picks up where "Keep Movin" (2011) left off.
Personnel: Ole Borud (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Borge Are Halvorsen (saxophone); Jens Petter Antonsen (trumpet); Even Skatrud (trombone); Frode Ostang Mangen (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Ruben Dalen (keyboards, drums, percussion).
Recording information: DM/M, OB1 Studio; Mr. JPA Studio.
Photographer: Johnny Nordskog.
Arranger: Ole Borud.