Verbal Brainwash and Other Works by Åke Hodell

Åke Hodell | Verbal Brainwash and Other Works Fylkingen Records (3xCD/DL) Åke Björnsson Hodell (1919-2000) was a Swedish poet, author, text-sound composer, and visual artist. He was also trained as fighter pilot, but after a crash during a practice flight (1941) and few years of hospitalization, he became a dedicated anti-militarist; something very apparent in his work, especially his earlier pieces. He began experimenting with what he called “elektronismer” (later “text-sound composition”), a blend of sound collage, spoken word, recorded radio plays and musique concrete, based on narratives and their electronic editing/process. His collaboration with the music department of Sveriges Radio … Continue reading Verbal Brainwash and Other Works by Åke Hodell

Rate this:

Fragments by Satoshi Takeishi

Satoshi Takeishi | Fragments Clang (DL) With a running time of just over thirty-three minutes, this new one by Japanese multi-instrumentalist Satoshi Takeishi has truly stirred-up my weekend listening. Though he’s been recording with various collaborators since 2003, Fragments is only his third solo album over these many years – his previous were Dew Drops (2016), and Premonition (2017) – both appearing on Danish imprint Clang. To create this new set of ten tracks this is how Takeishi approached Fragments: The making process of Fragments was quite simple (as in his previous triptych works). Satoshi gathered various not-so- professional musical instruments … Continue reading Fragments by Satoshi Takeishi

Rate this:

Like Driving by Streifenjunko

Streifenjunko | Like Driving Sofa (LP/CD) The Norwegian duo Streifenjunko of Espen Reinertsen (saxophone) and Eivind Lønning (trumpet) have been working together since 2005 and are about to release (11/2) their latest effort, Like Driving.  The album is made up of three full-size tracks, starting with Everything We Touch is Electric. They use their traditional brass instruments to fuse together an abstract electronic atmosphere, quite minimal at the start. What sounds like parsed chamber organ, but fairly robotic, plays on various under/overtones as it morphs into something that resembles a pensive, recycled Nordic folk music, once removed. Its pauses and … Continue reading Like Driving by Streifenjunko

Rate this: