Boomkat Product Review:
Norwegian noise miscreants Lasse Marhaug and Alexander Rishaug remerge their exploratory duo for the first time in 13 years, or since Feel Free At Home , with a narcotically affective episode of electro-acoustic fumes and tense but free string composition within Corneal Clouds. The results stem from recordings made in Oslo, 2012, which underwent a five year fermentation process before it was sealed for dankness by Stephan Mathieu and now dispatched by The Tapeworm.
In four parts they offer the decayed and tumultuous results of that extended process, plunging us into a thistly, overgrown soundfield that recalls the marvellous abstraction of early electronic instigators such as Gottfried Michael Koenig as much as the mottled textures and reactively organic micro-kinetic structures of Kevin Drumm or Jason Lesscalleet, for example.
But where those comparisons stop short, Rishaug Marhaug infuse their creations with a gloomy Nordic shadowing individual to their sound, drawing parallels with black metal atmospheres and even aspects of Deathprod’s deceptively static stoicism, holding the ear’s gaze like a steeply pitted, placid fjord viewed from the mountain side during the prelude to a storm, sweeping in cold waves of chaotically textured drizzle and face-biting scree. But don’t worry, just wear some goretex in the comfort of your home and the experience will be bracingly pleasurable.