Boomkat Product Review:
It was always gonna be good, right? Swedish pals Klara Lewis and Peder Mannerfelt finally lock horns on an eyeball vibrating set of scorched earth ambience and debonair desolation. Properly in-the-red material that straddles the universes of Fennesz, Pinkcourtesyphone, Tim Hecker and Kara-Lis Coverdale.
"KLMNOPQ" is a bite-sized but sonically weighty example of what Lewis and Mannerfelt are capable of: It's ambient, to a degree, but free of the self-serious pageantry that too often capsizes the genre, balanced by an almost campy air of whimsy. Opener 'Sell Art' has all the ruff Marshall stacks power of Fennesz's "Venice" or Lawrence English's "Cruel Optimism" but moves with the light-footed grace of a ballet dancer on a roller rink. 'My Clementine Is Making Paella Tonight' injects a rhythm, but ushers it thru a collapsing mass of harmonic, tape-duped noise.
'You Need to Be Kind' is lilting, sensitive and calm but welds its Eno-esque synthetic shimmers and corroded vocal samples to a backdrop of magma-strength rumbles and gently-weaving percs. The best is saved for last though: 'Full of Piss and Vinegar' is a jaunty stop motion jazz thrill that takes an off-center loop into acid rainclouds of deranged fuzz. Who said boundary-blurring experimental music couldn't be fun?