Boomkat Product Review:
Raoul Bjorkenheim, the highly original finnish composer and guitarist, is representing the perfect balance between raw electricity and restrained elegance.
Here he is paired with norway's hottest young rhythm section in what can only be described as a classic power trio, burning with an untamed, but still focused energy. Bookended by two lenghty tour de force workouts, this is a more varied collection than their selftitled debut from 2002.
Björkenheim was raised on hendrix, zappa and other rock music before he discovered miles, coltrane, mingus and eric dolphy. he played in several groups before being invited into the circle around the late, legendary drummer edward vesala to play on three records with him before forming krakatou and recording two strong albums for ecm. He has written film scores and orchestral music, toured everywhere and recorded with bill laswell, henry kaiser, jah wobble, peter erskine, paul schütze, mats gustafsson, nicky skopelitis, lukas ligeti and others. The scope of their improvisational ideas is breathtaking, to be able to both listen and react at this level of intensity is a rare gift." The Wire