Rural Tapes is the solo project of Arne Kjelsrud Mathisen, known from among others I Was A King, Heroes & Zeros and The No Ones, the latter a collaboration with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey from R.E.M.Rural Tapes' self-titled debut album was recorded on a disused small farm outside Grimstad where Mathisen lives with his family, and was released on Swedish Smuggler Music in April. The album was embraced by the British music press in particular, and heavy media such as Mojo, The Independent, Prog Magazine, GQ and Electronic Sound etc. gave the album brilliant reviews with references to especially kraut rock and French music. The Independent gives the album 4/5 and writes "Rural Tapes delights in the unexpected. At every turn, you encounter something new, something to be marveled over.". Mojo also gives 4/5 and writes "... it is Mathisen's ingenious way with a Clavier and willingness to gently wig-out that elevates this offbeat, moving hybrid of Air, Tortoise, Serge Gainsbourg and Kraftwerk to a level on it's very own ».Although Rural Tapesi is mainly recorded by Mathisen himself, he has brought with him an impressive list of guests who pull and stretch the music in all directions, such as. a. Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), saxophonist Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey, Tom Waits), Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, R.E.M.).Live Rural Tapes consists of Arne Kjelsrud Mathisen, Øystein Braut (Electric Eye, Soft Ride), Lars Løberg Tofte (Heroes & Zeros) and Sigurd Thomassen (Pow Pow).