Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
5

Splashgirl: Field Day Rituals

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Long Story"

Splashgirl: Field Day Rituals This Scandinavian trio recorded its fourth album in Seattle, WA featuring resident violaist Eyvind Kang and synth performer Timothy Mason lending their wares during various segments. An atmospheric engagement projecting a sense of antiquity, it's often what the musicians don't play that establishes the premise for the artful and rather haunting song-forms executed throughout their cunning playbook. Nestled within slow to moderate pulses, veiled with dark ambient characteristics and judicious use of electronics, the band renders a syndicate of otherworldly tone poems.

The opening track, "Long Story," is a forbearer of what follows on the remainder of the album. Containing Andreas Stensland Lowe's hallowed and electronically treated piano phrasings, the music surges forward like an ethereal dirge, strategically supported by drummer Andreas Lonmo Knudsrod's supple brushwork and accenting cymbal hits. With reverberating effects rounding out ghostly perimeters, this piece vividly casts notions of dour circumstances and tethers simple chord voicings and an elongated melody. Ominous implications transcend the norm as the trio's signature style and idiosyncratic compositional mindset equates to an unclassifiable muse that sets them miles apart from the status quo.


Track Listing:

Personnel: Andreas Stensland Løwe: piano and keyboards; Jo Berger Myhre: double bass; Andreas Lønso Knudsrød: drums and percussion; Eyvind Kang: viola; Timothy Mason: modular synth.

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Hubro Records | Style: Beyond Jazz


Related Video

Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Hibernation
Hibernation
Hubro Records
2016
buy
Field Day Rituals
Field Day Rituals
Hubro Records
2013
buy
Splashgirl: Pressure
Splashgirl: Pressure
Hubro Records
2011
buy
[no cover]
Pressure
Hubro
2011
buy
[no cover]
Splashgirl/Huntsville

2011
buy
Arbor
Arbor
Hubro Records
2009
buy

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.