Boomkat Product Review:
Voks is the recording alias of Mikkel Moir Pihl from Copenhagen, one of the Dekorder label's founding artists. The Dane has been far from prolific during his six-year stint on the label, releasing just two 3"CDs until now. As a full-length debut Astra & Knyst seems to jape around with arrangements of MIDI-renderred woodwind, accordion and ukulele, sounding truly surreal in its twisting, turning narrative of lo-fi digi-folk discordance. You can't help but have a bit of a chuckle at the sound of something like 'Pistol': at three-and-a-half minutes it's one of the more fully developed pieces on the album, but it's arrangement of low-grade samples and squeaking solos can't help but sound silly. It wouldn't be entirely undue to make connections between this and the more slapstick moments you'd encounter on a Raymond Scott album, although the most obvious link to make would be to fellow eccentric Dane, Goodiepal. Taken as a complete album, Astra & Knyst is all very odd and relentlessly hyperactive in its hair-brained delivery, but it's well worth half an hour of anyone's time.