number 1125
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week 13
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ROHAN DRAPE & ANTHONY PATERAS - ELLESMERE (CD by Immediata) *
STEPHEN O'MALLEY & ANTHONY PATERAS - R╩VE NOIR (CD by Immediata) *
SLAGR - DIRR (CD by Hubro) *
INSUB META ORCHESTRA - CHOICES & MELODIES (LP by Insub) *
CHRISTIAN SKJěDT - DISSOLUTION & SUSPENSION (LP by Tonometer Music)
CHRISTIAN SKJěDT - ILLUMINATION (10” by Tonometer Music)
ZO╦ MCPHERSON - STRING FIGURES (LP by SVS Records)
TERRITOIRE - ALIX (CD by Humo) *
DREKKA/REMST8 (7” by Red Frost Industries)
MARCO FERRAZZA - CITZIZEN (CDR by Setola Di Maiale) *
GRAY ACRES (CDR by Sound In Silence Records) *
YNDI HALDA - A SUN-COLOURED SHAKER (CDR by Sound In Silence Records) *
LLARKS - METALLIC SUMMER SEA (cassette by Scala Tapes)
ERICAMOUR YOVOGAN & QUENTIN NICOLA¤ - WUTUTU (cassette by Tanuki Records)
DALE CORNISCH - ETIQUETTES (cassette by Midnight Circles) *
MATTHEW ATKINS - THE SUBTLE SILENCE (cassette by Midnight Circles) *
CATALAN COAST - BAYOU (cassette by Midnight Circles) *
OESTERGAARDS - ROTTERNA (cassette by Lamour) *
ALPHA MOUND - DVAHLA (cassette by Lamour) *
MUSIK TILLAGNAD BETTIL ENSTORUNG VOLUME 1 (cassette compilation by Lamour)



ROHAN DRAPE & ANTHONY PATERAS - ELLESMERE (CD by Immediata)
STEPHEN O'MALLEY & ANTHONY PATERAS - R╩VE NOIR (CD by Immediata)

Immediata is the label run by Anthony Pateras and all of the releases deal with his music, one way or
another and these two new ones are no exception. The first one is a duet with someone I never heard
of, Rohan Drape, who plays a Yamaha YC45D and Pateras plays a Farfisa compact duo. Both of these
are ancient machines and the Yamaha one looks like the one my cousin once had, on which he played
cheery versions of pop songs. They are machines for the living room; in the seventies that was. No pop
songs on ‘Ellesmere’, but two pieces, ‘St Johns Wood’, lasting some thirty-six minutes and ‘Harleian’,
thirteen minutes. As always with Immediata releases there is much to read, and this is not different,
with some interesting observations by both players (but not ascribed to one or the other, which makes
it more interesting) and on the backside of the poster there is the score for the long piece, which in this
case is a ‘real’ score of notes. Drape is a founding member of the Slave Pianos collective and concert
organiser when not playing keyboards, composing or dealing with computer music. This is the first
time he’s on a release, so perhaps that’s why I didn’t hear of him before. In both pieces the two deal
with microtonal sounds playing together, but in ‘St Johns Wood’ it is quite mellow. The notes are
played somewhere in the middle of the keyboard, and held for a while and then another cluster of
tones is played. They overlap each other most of the times, but it has a very gentle character. The
music is split in both channels, and it makes a very fine delicate piece of music. ‘Harleian’ is altogether
a different beast, which allows the listener no rest as the notes overlap each other and it is all in the
higher register of the tones. This makes this quite a brutal piece I think. The sound is high in frequency
yet also quite dense and powerful. It keeps shifting back and forth and it is a very tiring piece of music.
Good or bad seems irrelevant, I should think, but it completely got me and I kept listening with total
fascination. Watch the volume there I would think.
    I can’t say I am a very big fan of Stephen O’Malley’s work, mainly, I guess, because I know very
little of it. I once spend some an afternoon playing a bunch of Sunn 0))) music from their Bandcamp
but realized that loud music with guitars is not what I like (maybe remembering what Kraftwerk said
about guitars being a phallus symbol). I didn’t keep up with his work as KTL, along with Peter
Rehberg, simple because we don’t get promos. It is as if O’Malley belongs to an entirely different
league of players, who are part of a more serious/different/over ground music. But then so is
perhaps the classically trained Pateras and yet we welcome his work on a regular basis. Well, either
way, I am pretty blank when it comes to O’Malley’s work and had very little expectation, which is good,
I think. The basic material for this collaboration was recorded in concert in 2011 and a bit later on in
2016, where O’Malley plays electric guitar and Pateras egregore software, Farfisa Compact Duo, Revox
B77 and Stuart & Sons piano. The Revox machine is the main instrument here for ‘remixing and
deconstruction’ and while I am not sure how that works, the three pieces here sound quote fascinating.
While I am not sure how that Revox treatment works here in the opening part, the longest on the
release, it becomes a very mysterious howl of guitar sounds combined with some fine distortion.
Sounds fly in an out of the mix, as if there is some tape saturation that can’t keep up with whatever
else is happening, which adds an odd effect to the music. Maybe that’s the software part, so I was
thinking. In the second piece the piano pops around and the guitar is now the creator of feedback
moves in what is an otherwise also quite intense piece of music. In the third piece they show another
aspect of their work with a somewhat more louder approach towards the guitar, now howling about,
with other instruments heavily transformed but here I can also see the addition of the Revox in the
process of transformation, shifting sounds backward and forward, sometimes so it seems at the same
time. This is a great release! (FdW)
––– Address: http://metamkine.com



SLAGR - DIRR (CD by Hubro)

Many of the releases by Hubro are left with our jazz/impro specialist mister Mulder, but I always
check out new releases before sending them onwards, as I know Hubro can also release something
that is very much up my alley. Something like Slagr for instance, a trio of Anna Hytta on hardanger
fiddle, Amund Sj°lie Sveen on vibraphone and tuned glasses and Katrine Schi°tt on cello. I never
heard of them, either as Slagr, or as solo artists. Their music is firmly rooted in the traditional music
of Norway, but also sounds like something very modern. This trio plays some beautifully eerie music.
It is centred on the repeated playing of notes, very minimal, with singing overtones. The glasses
sound like a Theremin, like sine waves and like wine glasses. It is ringing and singing, but the music
is kept very small. It is not abundant with massive tones or big movements, but Slagr likes to keep
their music reduced to a few notes, which they explore through length of a piece, which can be
somewhere three and seven minutes. This is all very gentle music, maybe even at times a bit close
to the world of new age, especially when the sound is very quiet and folky. The fact that this was
recorded in church, with its natural reverb may also be responsible for a sort of medieval atmosphere
that one can also hear in a few pieces. And yet there is always something very ‘now’ about the music;
the minimalist moves, the higher pitched sounds and the role of silence. Quite a remarkable album,
which could go down well in these Easter days, should you be looking for such a thing or be bored
with Bach. (FdW)
––– Address: http://hubromusic.com



INSUB META ORCHESTRA - CHOICES & MELODIES (LP by Insub)

This is surely an orchestra, with twenty-five musicians playing the two sidelong compositions by Cyril
Bondi and D’incise and performed by all these people and all these instruments. Too many to list them
all, so I list none. Quite a number of saxophone players, but also laptops, analogue synths, snare drum,
bassoon, flutes, electric guitar, violin voice and so on. On each side there is a single piece and they are
quite different. For the A-side it is ‘Two Choices’, which has the “simple instruction of producing two
noises per person and the possibility of a change every five seconds”. So that should be about fifty
different sounds in always different patterns playing together, and perhaps a recipe for chaos, but
that doesn’t happen. On the contrary, this is a beautiful piece that upon first hearing sounded rather
soft, but when I turned up the volume a bit a whole world of sound opened up. Almost like a bunch of
sea sounds/tape hiss, but with lots of detailed variations in the entire rumble they produce. It is a
very mysterious sounding piece, in which one has a hard time recognizing any of the instruments, I
would think, but it is a thoroughly intense piece of music that I liked a lot.
    Instruments on ‘Autonomous Melodies’, on the other side, are easier recognized, I should think.
Not per se as individual instruments, but the Orchestra’s many strings and wind instruments seems
to prevail here. It is, I am told, one of the louder pieces they have played so far and it’s all about volume
and “a free melody of three and four note”. Here too I have no idea how a diverse group interprets that,
but they play a powerful almost acoustic drone music here, with short movements, repeating on and on
and it gives the piece a most interesting cadence, going up and down in perfect rhythm, almost like
everybody is playing one bar, with either three or four notes, on and on. This piece is a total contrast
with ‘Two Choices’ when it comes to approach and execution, but in terms of beauty and intensity, it
is very much the same thing: excellent stuff. Where and when can I see the Orchestra perform? (FdW)
––– Address: http://insub.org



CHRISTIAN SKJěDT - DISSOLUTION & SUSPENSION (LP by Tonometer Music)
CHRISTIAN SKJěDT - ILLUMINATION (10” by Tonometer Music)

Since reviewing his debut album, ‘Works Of Uncommitted Crimes’, back in Vital Weekly 959, I didn’t
hear again from Christian Skj°dt, composer and sound installation man. But it seems he’s been around
town doing his work in Quebec, Linz, Lund, Copenhagen and a whole bunch of other places. Now he
returns with two new releases, to be released at the same time. The first is a LP, even when both sides
spin at 45rpm; it’s still some sixteen minutes per side. On the LP he delivers a contemporary
reinterpretation of Carl Nielsen’s string quartet in F-minor from 1892, which should be no surprise is
something I haven’t heard. It was conceived as a four-channel set-up thing (quartet, four-channel, you
get the drift) and the process applied by Skj°dt is something he calls ‘advanced audio analysis of
recordings of the individual acoustic instruments [...] transformed into dense (dis-) harmonies and
almost frozen processes and developments”. Which translated means some extensive computer
treatments, granular synthesis, time-stretching and what have you in order to deliver four pieces of
some very fine drone music. It reminded me of a not so subtle Stephan Mathieu; there is a mass of
drones, but also a fiercer approach when it comes to applying extra sound effects to go along with the
drones, lifting it up towards a more power drone, occasionally. In ‘Movement IV’ however he returns
to a very mellow approach of isolationist drone music. Quite a fine record, perhaps along the lines of
his debut record; solid and good but also not the most innovative drone records.
    The music on the 10”, also to be played at 45rpm, was created for a wine cellar in a botanical garden
in Riga, “harvesting the energy of the sun, and bringing this directly into the darkness of the cellar in
the form of sound”. Skj°dt used 100 small solar modules, organised in chains of 10, outside the hill-like
cellar, connected to 10 analogue circuits/speakers mounted in a circle inside the cellar and so the
outside weather conditions are the players of the piece. Both sides were recorded on the same day, but
the first side from 12:00 to 12:12 when it was sunny, party clouded, and from 15:00-15:12 when it was
just sunny. That is good to know as both sides sounds quite similar, and like the LP before Skj°dt deals
with some powerful drone music. Of course you can’t imagine what it would sound like based on the
description, but this is some loud and powerful drone music, and curiously enough both seem a bit
dark to me anyway. Indeed, perhaps, maybe, who knows, is the first side a bit darker than the other
one, but sunny isn’t a word I would use to describe the music. Both of these pieces are cut from a much
longer sound event, and it would have been nice to have somewhere a very long, say six hour, version
available, so we could check how the music evolves over a longer period of time. Of the two releases by
Skj°dt I enjoyed the 10” more than the LP, simply I guess because it moved away from the more regular
drone approach that was found on the other side. (FdW)
––– Address: http://www.tonometermusic.com



ZO╦ MCPHERSON - STRING FIGURES (LP by SVS Records)
TERRITOIRE - ALIX (CD by Humo)

These two releases I put together into one review, partly because I can see some similarities between
them and partly because I don’t really understand both projects.
    First there is a LP by ZoŰ McPherson, who is a “producer, vocalist, performer and String Figures’
artistic director” and she researched Inuit cultures, Kurdish feminism etc. and this record is part of a
multimedia thing that includes performance, film and a record. She works with rhythms, lots of them
actually, and also field recordings of the Inuit, if I understand correctly, as well as “horse hooves in
Turkey and the sound of bees in France”. “The album is fundamentally one of duality, exploring the
traditional and the contemporary, organic and electronic, audio and visual, history and future”, and
thus also mechanical beats, samples and field recordings of bees and horses, as well as the Inuit, even
when I fail to see the relation between all of this. And here I guess my ‘I don’t understand’ comes in.
The rhythms may owe to the world of techno music indeed yet I don’t see easily people dancing to this
music as it the beats are rather complex and sometimes the music too alien I guess. I played it with
interest, but I couldn’t say if I liked it or not. It surely had some fine moments. It also had instances,
which I didn’t liked very much. Too much of a mixed bag for me I guess, but perhaps also something
that is a bit too far away from what we review.
    Olivier Arson is the man behind Territoire and he’s from Paris. He works with other musicians,
who add metal, percussion, guitar, beats, tuba and clarinet, while Arson plays synths, sampler, voice
and processing. I believe ‘Alix’ is their third album, and Oscar Mulero, who is called a “techno veteran”,
produced it. The album tells the story of Alix, a slave, from his birth as a submissive being until the final
encounter with the ones who sold him. Quite a heavy subject one would say, and that shines through in
the music with some top-heavy, almost industrial beats, along with some very dark synthesizers and
voices reciting texts, I should think, but which aren’t always easy to understand. I am not sure if that’s
the meaning or not. There are stretched out sceneries being painted here, combined with the
mechanical drum beats, and I guess it’s very much the same thing as with McPherson’s record: I don’t
know whether I like it or not. It has its moments, surely also, but also some that weren’t too well spend
on me, and maybe it’s also a bit too far away from my usual scope. (FdW)
––– Address: http://svs-records.com
––– Address: https://txrrxtxxrx.bandcamp.com



DREKKA/REMST8 (7” by Red Frost Industries)

Despite all the joy people seem to have towards vinyl these days, the 7” is more and more something
of the past; someone called the 10” ‘the format of doom’, not being a 7” (easy to mail) nor a LP (not
enough music), but the production costs to do a 7” in this day and age is quite hefty. That I think is a
pity, because it’s best format for a ‘song’, or ‘a great idea’. The well-known project Drekka, also known
as Michael Anderson, exchanges sounds here with Remst8, who is called ‘an experimental computer
musician whose on-again/off-again affair with sound began in the early 90s”, but was also out of the
music industry for seven years “to focus on his software engineering career”. On this 7” the two
exchange sounds from their archives and rework them. Remst8 reworks ‘Tarwestraat 52’ from
Drekka’s trilogy on Dais Records, using only the sources and Drekka takes ‘Lissajous’ (which I believe
is also the name of a bit of software) from Remst8 ‘Accumulator’ album, adding a bit of field recording
from Drekka archives.
    Remst8’s piece is a very delicate piece of processed sounds; guitars are stretched out a bit, loops of
high-end squeaking sound (a hinge maybe?) are added, and throughout it is a very mellow piece of
ambient guitar music. Remst8 makes sure to have it fully formed into a song, with beginning and end,
and not a cut out of a longer session, shortened down ‘because, hey man, it’s a 7”’. On the other side we
find Drekka in a darker mood, with more ominous drones playing centre field and sunken below the
surface there are the insects outside (but recorded through a wall). Drekka marks his territory with a
clear start and a clear stop, and as such defines it also a ‘song’, but unlike Remst8 this could have been
much longer as far as I was concerned and span the length of a 10”.  I am not complaining! Both pieces
make up for a lovely 7”. (FdW)
––– Address: http://bluesanct.com



MARCO FERRAZZA - CITZIZEN (CDR by Setola Di Maiale)

Like with his previous release there is not a lot we learn about Marco Ferrazza, who calls himself a
composer and performer of electro-acoustic music. Previously we heard his release on Luscinia Discos,
‘Inextricable’ (Vital Weekly 999). On his website you can find a long ‘statement’ from him in which he
says that his “work is based on a process of re-codification of concrete sounds by means of electronic
manipulation” and that “everything in the world is sound”, which I guess sums up what he does,
although I surely recommend reading it all as it pretty interesting. He goes about with a recorder and
records whatever he can; children playing on the street, church bells, traffic and in his studio he uses
whatever technology to effectively alter those recordings and put all of these processed forms together,
sometimes combined with whatever residual sound of the original scattered throughout the original.
As before I can easily see a relationship between the work of Ferrazza and composers who release
their work on Empreintes Digitales, but with some differences. I think that the pieces composed by
Ferrazza are a bit shorter and while I am not fully versed in the rules of acousmatic composing, I
would think that Ferrazza is the odd man out in that world. I seem to detect a sort of punk-rock
approach to his work, where a touch of industrial music (to avoid the word ‘noise’) is never far away.
Ferrazza doesn’t seem to particular care about nuances and rather throws his sound thick and far.
Then there is surely something dark and sinister in his work, not very often seen in the world of
academics; or at least not to this extent. Throughout this is an excellent release. I wonder how his
work is received in the academic world. (FdW)
––– Address: http://www.setoladimaiale.net/



GRAY ACRES (CDR by Sound In Silence Records)
YNDI HALDA - A SUN-COLOURED SHAKER (CDR by Sound In Silence Records)

Gray Acres is a new duo of twin brothers Andrew and Michael Tasselmyer, who are also ‘core members’
of Hotel neon and The Sound Of Rescue. I hadn’t heard of these before, nor their releases on Home
Normal and Fluid Audio. In Fall 2017 they were contemplating a project about “seeking beauty and
stillness” and Grey Acres was born. It is not easy to recognize any instruments in these drones, but
surely a guitar and piano are strummed and plucked, but with the right amount of added sound effects
these are rendered beyond recognition, which might also be the case with any field recordings. In the
opening of ‘Rituals Of Belief’ there is a faint trace of water dripping, but that seems to be a rare thing.
Gray Acres offer seven tracks, all of which seem to be closely linked together when it comes to the
ambient approaches of the sound. These drones are, like the name of project already implies, are all
a bit grey and darker, and a moment of lightness seems far away. Very much like looking at grey acres
under a similar grey sky in autumn. Here we have seven pieces, spanning fifty-four minutes of pure
dark ambient bliss, and while nothing happens here that you haven’t heard before, this is surely some
excellent drone music going on here.
    Something entirely different is the music by yndi halda (no capitals needed apparently), who
debuted in 2005 with ‘Enjoy Eternal Bliss’, which was followed by ‘Under Summer’, eleven years later.
I haven’t either of these albums. ‘A sun-Soaked Shaker’ is something that was left behind while
recording their second album. Originally it was the idea to include this, but somehow that didn’t
happen. It is an almost twelve minute piece (also available on a single sided 12” by Burnt Toast Vinyl/
Big Scary Monsters’), so it’s a rather short release on CDR. Like I said I never heard of this band before
and I have no idea how this piece relates to their other releases. yndi halda is a group of post-rock
qualities, with lots of ringing guitars but, and I am no expert, what sets them aside is the use of multi-
vocals singing in a great harmony. It is hard to say if this is a case of double/triple tracking the same
voice or if various members of this are singing together. It is quite beautiful and while the music is no
doubt a bit too (post-) rocky for my taste I thought this was a most enjoyable piece. Short indeed it is
and for someone like me hard to judge a band by their eleven minutes and forty-one seconds but what
can you do? Exactly, put it on repeat for a while. The rocky opening and the spacious closing of the
piece make that this doesn’t become boring. (FdW)
––– Address: https://soundinsilencerecords.bandcamp.com/



LLARKS - METALLIC SUMMER SEA (cassette by Scala Tapes)

Chris Jeely is back on track with his Llarks project. A long time ago he was on a track called Accelera
Deck and, to a lesser extent, September Plateau and then quiet for some years, but Llarks is new
name and as such he releases quite a bit of music (see Vital Weekly 982, 1005, 1037, 1051 and 1107)
and now slowly his music finds its way to other labels as well. This new one is “inspired by the dualistic
qualities of metals and it’s infinite potential of being both fluid and solid”. As with his previous work as
Llarks it is not easy to say what it is that Jeely does here. I could easily think that the guitar is most
important, but that is only based on the knowledge of his older projects and that the guitar was a
primary instrument for him. I would say that there is ‘surely’ a guitar in here, but also, and probably
on an equal footing, the use of sound effects. These can be stomp boxes or happen inside a computer
but they are not doubt responsible for a lot that Llarks does. The five pieces here span thirty minutes
of music (the other side of the tape is blank) and it spans the whole auditory trajectory of Llarks music.
It starts out with rusty cascades of crashing metal in ‘Ifsoever’, winding down over the course, and then
via fuzzy ambient roads to the very mellow ‘Array (At Night)’, which is the point of relatively relaxing
in the middle, followed by the somewhat orchestral ‘Lighthouse’ (sparse in orchestration, quite nice)
ending on the spacious drift of grainy textures of ‘Only Ours’ and we have in five pieces the full operative
scale of Llarks. This can serve as an introduction or a further expansion of his music. This is another
fine addition to an already fine body of works. (FdW
––– Address: http://www.scalatapes.net/



ERICAMOUR YOVOGAN & QUENTIN NICOLA¤ - WUTUTU (cassette by Tanuki Records)

Belgium’s Tanuki Records always know how to surprise the listener with strange music, brought to
us by musicians that aren’t always known at all. At least not by me, if that has any validity. Here we
have a trumpet player going by the Ericamour Yovogan and Quentin Nicola´ who plays cassettes with
field recordings he made in Abomey (Benin) and sampler. In June 2017 they played an outdoors
concert in Brussels, and this what we have here on this cassette, two sidelong pieces, in total thirty-
four minutes of music. It is of course a great idea to play an outdoor concert while using field recordings
from another place and let it all blur. Those birds we hear: Brussels of Abomey? We simply don’t know.
Throughout there is more to puzzle here, I think. Don’t expect, for instance that Yovogan plays
throughout. He only sparsely contributes a bit of fairly traditional trumpet playing to the proceedings.
It can happen that for some time we hear vague rumble, nothing if you will, save for some shuffling
about, but then, suddenly music from a cassette pops up and Yovogan plays along. His playing add a
somewhat lazy (summer?) jazz feeling to the music, which now, end of winter, makes me long for
longer days and a bit higher temperatures. This is altogether quite a curious release. It’s very difficult
to think of this in terms of good or bad, but perhaps this should be seen as a one-off action and this is
the documentation thereof? Most curious indeed, as some would say. I quite enjoyed it. (FdW)
––– Address: https://tanukirecords.bandcamp.com




DALE CORNISCH - ETIQUETTES (cassette by Midnight Circles)
MATTHEW ATKINS - THE SUBTLE SILENCE (cassette by Midnight Circles)
CATALAN COAST - BAYOU (cassette by Midnight Circles)

In the world of cassettes it is not uncommon to a sidelong piece, especially when dealing with cassettes
that hold ten of fifteen minutes of music, so it is a surprise that Dale Cornish has fourteen pieces on his
twenty-four minute cassette. There are various releases by Cornish available I see but none of them
made it our way, so I am not entirely sure what Dale Cornish is about then, and listening to the fourteen
pieces doesn’t provide a very clear idea either. There are radio cut-ups, synth experiments, rumbling
on a xylophone, ideas for longer musique concrete pieces, doodles and sketches. That’s at least what I
think they are, sketches and ideas, starting points if you will for longer compositions at any point in the
future. There is not a lot to say about this. Some of the sketches are very nice, while others are way to
short to say anything about it.
    Matthew Atkins of course we know from the releases he does under his own name as well as the
more rhythmical work as Platform, and usually on his own label Minimal Resources Recordings, but
it’s good to see he releases on another label as well. Atkins, in the work carried out under his own
name, uses field recordings, acoustic sounds from around the house and recordings of instruments to
create somewhat dense and moody pieces of electro-acoustic music. This time, in these six pieces, the
fact that he samples all of his sounds together and loops them around, thus adding a slightly more
rhythmic edge to this music is perhaps something new. One can hear a snare drum, various other parts
of the drum kit (Atkins is a drummer also), a bit of drones, quite gentle, and some obscured processes
in which we are no longer to recognize any of the sounds used. Throughout the music is very modest,
but not necessarily very ambient. I don’t think it is Atkins objective to treat us with some ambient
music, even when they whole thing has quite a moody character. This is all lovely intimate music.
    When I reviewed Catalan Coast in Vital Weekly 944 I wrote that this was a guy from the Southern
parts of Germany, now I am told he’s from Spain (or perhaps Catalonia?). On his first release he used
various layers of electronic sound, slow arpeggios, and quite a bit of hiss was added. That hiss is still
present, and perhaps also the bit with the various layers of electronic sounds, but along the way
Catalan Coast also recorded some field recordings from various places on a bunch of likewise hissy
cassettes and creates six excellent pieces of moody electronics, but there is a bit more happening
here than it seemed the first time. The mood and melancholy is the same as with Atkins but more
single mindedly focused on the use of synthesizers and bit of field recordings. On the first side the
pieces are a bit shorter than on the other side but it hardly makes a difference; either way the music
sounds lovely. (FdW)
––– Address: https://midnightcircles.bandcamp.com/

 

OESTERGAARDS - ROTTERNA (cassette by Lamour)
ALPHA MOUND - DVAHLA (cassette by Lamour)
MUSIK TILLAGNAD BETTIL ENSTORUNG VOLUME 1 (cassette compilation by Lamour)

Here we have two quite diverse releases on Swedish Lamour label, home for some of the wacky
outskirts of pop music, even when all of that seems far away. The third release is a compilation.
    The differences between Oestergaards and Alpha Mound are quite big. Oestergaards was born
in 1977 and is besides a festival organiser also a “front figure in traditional Americana band’ but
now focuses on electronic music. I would think he took the textbook ‘dark ambient’ off the shelf and
follows the rules religiously. There is an abundance of reverb to be spotted around, the dripping of
water (in cavernous surroundings of course), some computer manipulation of voices and the dark
rumble from the lower end of keyboard. I would say that fun Nordic sound that was once released
by Cold Meat Industry. There is a bit of paganism, mysticism or even gothic thrown in and the label
quite rightly make a reference to Lustmord; I would say not when it comes to the use of voices (which
I never heard a lot in Lustmord’s work), but certainly that slow, dark ambient with the occasional low
end thump (in ‘Ladan’ for instance, which ends in a fury of beats and sounds). It’s raining outside, and
inside there is a burning fire of Oestergaards’ sick society/demented folk music; or perhaps the lurking
danger in Swedish woods, full of mist and danger? Pleasantly discomfort!
    And for something completely different we turn our ears to Joakim Westlund, who calls himself
Alpha Mound. I thought I heard the name before but it wasn’t. ‘Dvahla’ is his third cassette release and
takes the listener out of damp and misty Swedish forests and out into... what exactly? That is not easy
to say; it’s not a dance floor, but a chill-out room is surely a place where Alpha Mound could try his
synth based ambient music. Maybe it is sometimes a bit on the heavy side, as in ‘Into The Onward’, but
the ‘Crystalline Choir’ certainly could hum a tune down there. It bounces back and forth between
surely delicate blankets of ambient sound and more washy, fuzzy waves of shoegazing delights. It is,
in fact, a bit of everything. There is room for ambient, shoegazing, a bit of Tangerine Dream’s arpeggio’s
and perhaps all of this thrown together makes a somewhat unbalanced release I would think, but after
Oestergaards’ musical nightmare this is a most welcome point of relaxing.
    And then a compilation. “Bertil Enst÷ring is a professor and holds a Phd in philosophy, medicine
and technology. As a matter of fact, he refuses to meet other people, with the exception of Skrotnisse
and Kalle. The work of his book takes him several years, one time he plans to live alone. Although he
may seem grumpy, Bertil is a happy figure and has often conversations with himself. He always walks
in a red robe”. It is a character out of Skrotnisse och hans vńnner, a Swedish TV series with puppets,
which I never heard of, so I am sure to miss out on a joke here. Of the various participants I recognized
the names of Lehnberg and Slim Vic. The others are Olle Oljud, Stenbit, Catterfly, Plasmafuse and
Girilal Baars. As I said if there is a joke to enjoy in here, I am not aware which one it is, and maybe
there isn’t. I somehow expected something silly with sampled voices from a TV series but these
musicians like their work to be drone like and most of the time a bit noisy. I guess no puppets were
harmed in making this music. It is all a bit on the experimental side of drone, which I liked very much.
Only Girilal Baars seemed a bit out of place here with some time-stretched 2-bit voice sample. I
expected more like that and was lucky not to get it. While it all remains a bit of a mystery to me, I
quite enjoyed the rest of it. (FdW)
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