Although it is recognisably from the Jazzland ECM-with-beats mold, because of its bass-heavy rhythms and grooves, guitarist Eivind Aarset's follow-up to Electronique Noire (Jazzland, 1998) definitely sounds like a muso's album. Aarset is happy to discuss his roots in Hendrix, heavy metal, fusion and ECMelements that combined with the Jazzland ethos to give his debut album its unique sound, and caused it to attract comparisons with electric Miles.
Here, those factors are more integrated into a seamless whole. Not totally though. Aarset cannot resist the occasional blast, and on "Self Defence" his Hendrix roots are showing, as he cooks up a distorted noise-storm of a solo. And "The String Thing" features wailing (treated) guitar in the manner of your favourite axeman. Such rockist excesses are not the norm, though. Far more common is a sustained groove with all the sounds in an electric melting pot of a mix, and individual instruments only occasionally recognisableapart from the ever-present bass and drums.
Despite being rhythmically charged, this is not warm or engaging music. Rather, it is detached, even alienated, and alienating. One can imagine it as the soundtrack to the 2010 remake of Alphaville. Chilling but impressive.
Empathic Guitar; Wolf Extract; Dust Kittens; The String Thing; Between Signal & Noise; ffwd/slow motion; Self Defence; Tunnel Church
Eivind Aarset, guitar & fretless guitar, electronics, electric bass on track 4, programming and edits; Wetle Holte, drums, drum machine, electronics and edits; Marius Reksjo, electric & acoustic basses, except on tracks 4 & 8; Reidar Skar mix & electronics; Hans Ulrik, bass clarinet on tracks 2 & 5; Arve Furset, Rhodes/Prophet on track 2, Prophet on track 5; Nils Petter Molvar trumpet on track 8; Nick Sillitoe, vital arrangement input on track 3.
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