Boomkat Product Review:
Returning to his solo work after assisting in the triumphant post-rock of De La Mancha's Atlas, multitalented Swede Dag Rosenqvist arrives at the Miasmah imprint with a sound that's been greatly honed and refined since it last graced our ears. 'Black Sleep' lives up to the dark, dreamscape suggestions of its title, sounding more concerned with beautifully crafted drones than previous entries into the Jasper TX discography, introducing itself with the resonant glare of soft feedback on 'Pt.I', a piece led by a kind of rhythmic pulse, beating quietly and impatiently in the background, only to eventually dissipate into a wash of noise frequencies and unassuming acoustic guitar arpeggiations. Next, 'Pt.II' explores Oren Ambarchi-like low frequency tones and engine room rumble, only for 'Pt.III' to switch things around, approximating the Twin Peaks theme via a guitar and organ arrangement, the end result of which provides one of the album's most sweetly melodic, yet implicitly unnerving moments. You can hear Rosenqvist's sound design expertise blossoming on the tactile electroacoustic textures of 'Pt. IV', a composition that introduces itself with two minutes of quiet, evocatively rendered creaking and muddied crackling sounds before opening up into a sea of sustain and drifting, distant harmonic signals. Finally, Black Sleep reaches its creative peak during the nineteen-minute climax of 'Pt.VI', which sees some of the most ambitious and fully realised music of Jasper TX's career to date, marrying processed instrumental passages (most notably some spiralling, dulcimer-like phrases towards the beginning) with carefully pieced together field recordings and the kind of intangible, completely immersive drones that only the very finest purveyors of the art can summon up. Absolutely first class - and another amazing release from the Miasmah label.