Boomkat Product Review:
Now you know this is going to be noisy don't you? The debut solo album from Jazzkammer (well, now Jazkamer, but you know what I mean) man John Hegre was never going to a walk in a very ambient park, but surprisingly it's not the ear shattering assault you might think. Although his duets with Lasse Marhaug are to computer music what Hair Police are to guitar music, 'Colors Don't Clash' takes the rough with the smooth, giving way to long, pensive quiet passages which allows the noisier moments (of which there are many, don't worry) more dynamic and power. The record starts off on its more stereotypically beautiful moment, the choppy piano-led 'Don't' but as soon as this comes to an end we're hit with the sheet metal of 'Worry' which takes the sound of dying demons in a metalwork factory and places it against a backdrop of ambient padwork. It's an unusually breathtaking combination and shows there's more to Hegre's noisy abandon than we might have previously given him credit for. The further tracks explore this even further, bringing doom-laden guitar into the mix on 'Never' to create the sort of computer/black metal soundclash we last heard on the incredible KTL album - yet the album's most perfect moment comes right at the very end. Without warning the computerised elements are stripped away dramatically leaving us with a seven minute slice of bluesy guitar, drums and lightly plucked bass - this is, dare I say it, almost a 'real' song, and it works. In context with the rest of the album too, this feels daring and very cleverly placed, giving a breather after the visceral fury of the previous tracks. 'Colours don't Clash' is a heavy record in every sense of the word - but not a record that loses sight of the bigger picture, you get the feeling that Hegre has laboured long and hard over it and knows exactly what he's doing. Huge recommendation.