Monsters and Puppets: Monsters and Puppets (2012)
Monsters and Puppets emphasize this duo's tendency to create abstract electronic textures that feature the broad musical vocabularies of both musiciansdrawing not only from their experience in improvised jazz, but also referencing noise, electronica and post rock. These nine short pieces are processed, distorted, sustained and sampled in various attitudes in order to create richer sonic layers.
Some of the pieces induce a certain dark atmosphere, such as the slow, dark and intense "Two" and "Five" and the dense and mysterious "Seven," all cinematic in character, easily capable of creating a tense atmosphere for a Scandinavian thriller soundtrack. "Six" is a more minimalist soundscape, as is "Nine," which introduce an almost progressive rock symphonic element, but both suggest a cinematic narrative. "Three" is structured on a repetitive rhythm that sounds like a twisted psychedelic and spacey Gamelan orchestra. On "Four," the duo offers almost dance-like electronic, while and on "Eight" a noisy, intense texture, based loosely on a distorted rhythm, is formed.
The musical affinity between Kannegaard and Strønen, their shared experience and always intriguing creativity turn this session into an intense musical document.
Track Listing: One; Two; Free; Four; Five; Six; Seven; Eight; Nine.
Personnel: Maria Kannegaard: fender rhodes; electronics; Thomas Strønen: drums, electronics.
Record Label: Gigafon