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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ich Bin N!ntendo: Look

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A year has passed since Norwegian punk-jazz trio Ich Bin N!ntendo released its debut release with Swedish sax titan Mats Gustafsson and fortunately little has changed in its uncompromising, raw approach. The worries that the Nintendo corporation might sue the trio evaporated and its members gathered experience in less tougher and noisier outfits--guitarist Christian Skår Winther as a solo improviser; him and electric bassist Magnus Nergaard in the experimental-art rock outfit Karokh and the improvising trio Monkey Plot; and drummer ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ich bin N!ntendo & Mats Gustafsson: Ich bin N!ntendo & Mats Gustafsson

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Young Norwegian power trio Ich bin N!ntendo is a sonic heir to European power outfits such as the Swedish-Norwegian trio The Thing, Italian punk-jazz trio Zu, and Dutch quartet The Ex. Its affinity with Swedish sax titan Mats Gustafsson of The Thing, who guests on this live recording, is obvious. Both enjoy exploring and pushing the physical aspects of their instruments into utter intensity. This debut album was recorded live in Oslo, later “mixed, mastered and destroyed" ...