"It is so good to hear a musician like Andreas Ihlebæk, who breaks the boundaries. Thereby he has succeeded in creating a masterpiece", wrote STERN. Ihlebæk himself calls his music "Fjellsoul", which translates to "mountain soul music". A unique blend of soul, jazz, classical, Norwegian folk and choral music. Folk music magazine Folker wrote that Ihlebæk "has managed to give folk pop a completely new dimension". Jazz Thing calls it "so fine, so powerful", writing that you really feel that this music was written to last.
The Guest was performed live in its entirety as part of the 40th anniversary of Oslo Concert Hall, followed by Ihlebæk performing at the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The live concerts draw full houses and have been reviewed as an out-of-this-world "breathtakingly beautiful experience".
The album was produced by Christian Engfelt and Anders Tjore, featuring Daniela Bauer, Nosizwe and Lars Horntveth. Ihlebæk also works with a number for artists & producers such as Fred Ball (Rihanna's "Love on the brain"), Torun Eriksen, Tommy Tee and Erlend Mokkelbost.