PJUSK
Sart

JODI CAVE
For Myria

[12K, www.12K.com]

Forging a new direction that 12K set out on sometime last year, these two records show a more acoustic, though an equally serene landscape. Both of these artists were already featured on last year's "Blueprints" compilation and each one has a tendency to amaze with sounds that are pure and amazingly effective.
Norwegian duo Pjusk is Josetein Dahl Gjelsvik and Rune Sagevik. On their debut, together with four other contributors [guitarists Tor Anders Voldsund and Geir Hornes, flautist Erik Manshaus and vocalist Elisabeth Lahr] they steep themselves in landscapes lush, rich and brimming with the unexpected. Gently humming in a way that is as alluring as it is mysterious, the duo trek through the darklands of musical landscape. Some of the stuff sounds like records spun backwards, while in other places we get gorgeous piano facsimiles that dance with ether smoothness. Delicate bubble-popping sounds mesh with wind-like concoctions on top of occasional rhythms. Yes, there are even beats. Check out the soothing "Anelse" for some spooky softer-than-soft breaks hugged inside of electronic warmth. "Stadig" features what could pass for soundtrack to Pong game that so many of us loved. The bleeping of the ball comes complete with eerie sounds of alien variety. Warmth is not a word I'd use to describe the duo's general direction. If anything, it's austere and rather chilly, but chilled in a good way. It's like a cold glass of vodka in far away Norwegian winter air. It does nothing but warm the insides and leaves a great impression on the listener.
British sound artists/musician Jodi Cave takes a slightly different approach on his debut "For Myria". For one, save for one track that was processed by Taylor Deupree, the album is a solo venture. Another thing is Cave is more obsessed with the micro-tones. Larger picture is that of an overlapping of electronic and acoustic instruments. Sound of vibes, bells, organ, guitar, clarinet, harmonium is interwoven throughout. Best of all, Cave utilizes field recordings to add a further dimension of humanity in his work. "For Myria (One)" contains water dripping inside of an old toilet tank [at least that's what I'm picking up] and sounds of melting icicles inside a remote cave. "Untitled" is an extended harmonium solo that features a singular tone, with the pitch being altered ever so slightly. Taylor Deupree does a fantastic job in adding additional processing on "Rara. C", which gives the piece a more eclectic, more knife-sharp feel. Cave's compositional muscle lies in the fact that he chooses to do a lot with very little. Only a few sounds are ever present in any given piece. This allows listeners to truly concentrate on the work at hand. Rich debut and one that I predict will open the door for bigger and greater things in the future.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Quio - Phiu
+ Vs_Price - Song06.txt.
+ Gebrüder Teichmann - The Number Of The Beat
+ Swod - Sekunden
+ Rework - Pleasure Is Pretty
+ Various Punks Vol_A
+ Modeselektor - Happy Birthday!
+ Genaro La Fosse - Focus Factor
+ Bunny Lake - The Church Of Bunny Lake
+ bpmf - Parousia Fallacy
+ Basteroid - Upsets Ducks
+ Louie Austen - Summer Love EP
+ Anthill - Love

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+ EDDY MEETS YANNAH - Once in a While
+ DON CHERRY QUINTET - Live at Café Montmartre 1966
+ F.S. BLUMM MEETS LUCA FADDA - F.S. Blumm meets Luca Fadda
+ GOSTA RUNDQVIST / ANDREAZ HEDEN - If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Motel Lovers
+ GRAND NATIONAL - A Drink & A Quick Decision
+ DIMENSION X - Dimension X
+ FOR BARRY RAY - New Days
+ EYES LIKE SAUCERS - Still Living in the Desert (and mostly inside my own head)
+ WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS - Heartcore
+ COLD BLEAK HEAT - Simitu
+ THE BEAUTIFUL SCHIZOPHONIC - Musicamorosa
+ WILLIAM BASINSKI - El Camino Real
+ HANS KENNEL MYTHA - How It All Started
+ SIX TWILIGHTS - Six Twilights CD/DVD
+ PAOLO ANGELI - Tessuti
+ NELS CLINE, ANDREA PARKINS, TOM RAINEY - Downpour
+ BLOSSOM TOES - We Are Ever So Clean - If Only for a Moment
+ SINEAD O'CONNOR - Theology
+ CHICAGO UNDERGROUND TRIO - Chronicle CD/DVD / TIGERSMILK - Android Love Cry
+ SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INFINITY ARKESTRA - Strange Strings / SUN RA & HIS INTERGALACTIC-INFINITY ARKESTRA - The Night of the Purple Moon
>> PJUSK - Sart / JODI CAVE - For Myria
+ MARCUS SCHMICKLER / HAYDEN CHISHOLM - Amazing Daze / ASMUS TIETCHENS / RICHARD CHARTIER - Fabrication / RAFAEL TORAL - Space Solo 1 / BRION GYSIN - Live in London 1982 / SUPERMAYER - Supermayer Save the World / VALGEIR SIGURDSSON - Ekvilibrium
+ WOLFMANGLER - Cooking with Wolves
+ BORBETOMAGUS & HIJOKAIDAN - Both Noises End Burning / PETER BROTZMANN OCTET - The Complete Machine Gun Sessions / KEVIN DRUMM & DANIEL MENCHE - Gauntlet
+ TIMELESS PULSE - Quintet
+ SKALLANDER - Skallander
+ THE OSCILLATION - Out of Phase
+ MATT McCORMICK - Very Stereo
+ PUMICE - Pebbles
+ MICHIO KURIHARA - Sunset Notes
+ BLAINE L. REININGER - Glossolalia
+ VOLUME - Aeter

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ A source of energy - rozmowa z duo Modeselektor
+ A mixture of things - rozmowa z Quio