Lars Bech Pilgaards Slowburn: Freiheit (2013)
The metallic, raw sound of Pilgaard's guitar is still dominant but now his sonic palette is more profound and subtle, even fragile at times, searching for new, exotic sounds and colors such as Middle-Eastern quarter-tones. He leads the quartet through different forms, moving from the intense and dense outburst of "Træls"}} to the lyrical "Ultraviolet" and "Venner" (in both of it's variations), with beautiful bass clarinet and clarinet solos of Greve, the structured, art song "Sortebær," the gentle, moving "Gjellerodde" to the enigmatic, cinematic "Orient." "Sonic," the longest and most powerful piece here, features the quartet building the tension patiently, till the intense, noisy eruptive coda.
The interplay of the quartet is organic through all these diverse modes and moods. Pilgard enjoys the wise, articulate support of Greve who now has a much more crucial role in the sound of the quartet than on its debut. Andersson and Eiler are inventive and imaginative colorists, anchoring the free-form sonic excursions with loose frameworks. All solidifying the mature, nuanced and colorful sound of the quartet.
Impressive and highly engaging.
Track Listing: Træls; Ultraviolet; Venner 1; Sortebær; Gjellerodde; Orient; Kinder; Venner 2; Sonics.
Personnel: Lars Bech Pilgaard: guitar; Thommy Andersson: double bass; Thomas Eiler: drums; Lars Greve: clarinet, bass clarinet.
Record Label: Mom Eat Dad Records