Boomkat Product Review:
Two of Norway's most distinctive voices and musicians make an uncannily exquisite match in the Helge Sten (Deathprod) produced 'Meshes Of Voice'. Susanna Wallumrød, steeped in classical chamber and folk idioms, and the more experimental Jenny Hval, duet in wide-open, flowing spaces perfused with all manner of Grand Piano, Guitars, Samplers, Autoharp, Zither and Harmonium, contrasting and feeling out each other's sylvan tones and preternatural talents. The record was first conceived in 2009 in a series of letters, and manifest in two live performances. We're really big fans of Hval's 'Viscera' album round these parts, and predictably the covers of that album's tracks are a big highlight for us. In particular, their collaborative version of 'Thirst That Resembles Me' is breathtaking, and here seamlessly segued into the tectonic noise roil of 'I Have A Darkness' at the album's apex. To be fair, when they go a bit more trad, jazzy, it's maybe a little too well mannered for these ears, but we're too sated with that new version of 'Thirst…' to let it bother us too much.