Boomkat Product Review:
This six-track EP had originally been intended as Alog's debut release, slated for release in 1999 only for a pressing plant mixup to set it back some seven years. Finally then, the EP made its way into the world in 2006, long after a string of releases for Rune Grammofon had established them as one of the most striking and original electronica acts in Norway. You can hear elements of Alog's present day sound in Islands Of Memory, although it all sounds far more primordial and a good deal coarser than the kind of polished electroacoustics we'd associate with Amateur and Miniatures. These tracks evoke a more lighthearted take on Philip Jeck's experimental loops, putting roughly recorded snippets of sound through a digital process that recycles and retunes them into new shapes, forging melodies from the slippery, overlapping textures. It all sounds a little like a folksy retake on Oval during the first couple of pieces, only for the introduction of a programmed drumbeat to upset the woozy flow of things during 'The Method'. Islands Of Memory is a splendid thing, full of shambling charm and sonic invention, and clocking in at a perfectly judged duration that only prompts you to keep replaying it over and over.