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The Gift: Reincarnated, reinvigorated and reinventing classic prog forms

Norse myth, consumerism and jamming with Genesis alumni – all ground out of a magical salt mill. London’s The Gift talk to Prog about their new album

There is a Norwegian folk tale with its roots in the ancient Norse poem Grottasöngr that tells how a magic mill, renowned for its ability to grind anything into existence, gets misused by a hurried ship’s captain. The skipper wishes to procure salt without crossing the seas, but in his rush to obtain his sodium bounty, neglects the operating instructions and soon finds he cannot stop it producing the white stuff. Before long, the hefty salt pile grows to such a point that it sinks his ship. The mill – the tale asserts – remains at the bottom of the sea, grinding away, making the ocean undrinkable.

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