Trained at the Norwegian Academy of Music, in 2003 the group In The Country combined the talents of bassist Roger Arntzen, drummer Pål Hausken and pianist Morten Qvenild, who was also a member of the duo Susanna and the Magical Orchestra and a former member of Jagga Jazzist. The year after it came into being, the trio released a first studio album, This Was the Pace of My Heartbeat, on the Rune Grammofon label. The work was highly praised by the music magazines. Their next release, Losing Stones. Collecting Bones, came out in 2006. On Whiteout (2009), In The Country expanded its musical palette with the additions of guitarist Marc Ribot and singer Stefan Sundström. Sounds and Sights came out in 2011.