A turbulent quartet of Oslo-based improvisers brings the house down with two voices, bass, guitar, and drums ⏤ RIYL free voice, skronk, jazz negativity, dub effects, Naked City and Painkiller.
Vocalist Agnes Hvizdalek delivers a unique form of glossolalia (think Monk, Eye, and animal sounds) backed up by noise-rock-influenced axe-grinders from the band MoE: Guro Skumsnes Moe herself on electric bass and voice and Håvard Skaset on guitar. Utku Tavil punctuates the madness with fierce drums and abrasive noisenik electronics. There is some studio trickery at play, too: strange cuts and edits, slapback echoes in the classic, much-loved here at School of the Arts dub fashion.
Juxtaposition II follows the earlier tape/CD on Norway’s Nakama Records, but if the first volume was subdued and nuanced, part two is quite the opposite at times: it’s a party, it’s a feast, but also a massacre. As the band themselves put it: “Laughter Slaughter.”
released September 15, 2020
Agnes Hvizdalek: voice
Guro S. Moe: electric bass, voice
Håvard Skaset: electric guitar
Utku Tavil: drums, electronics
Recorded by Bjørn Larsen at Blitz July 2nd, 2019. Cut and mixed by Håvard Skaset at ConradSound. Premastering by Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard at Flerbruket. Mastered by Moa Pillar. Photo by Paul-Simon Geddis. Design by Ivan Zoloto.
Released by School of the Arts in 2020.
Cat. no. SOTA133.
supported by 10 fans who also own “Juxtaposition II (Blitzopposition)”
Zoloto craftily builds the space in his recordings; his music oozes emptiness, the echo resonates, and multiple planes create an evocative narrative. Electronic passages, voice, gramophone and recorders are backed with synths in a few tracks. This ambient collage generates anxiety, leading us towards the mysterious instead of bringing peace. This is the music of silence, of memories and nostalgia – or perhaps longing for something else. Jakub Knera