Boomkat Product Review:
Nourishing electronic gristle from Scando noise heroes Lasse Marhaug and Jon Wesseltoft, who chew up a right fuss at “the best studio in Oslo” for their 1st collaborative slab with Bologna’s Holidays Records.
It’s maybe best described as a case of the battle-scarred veteran duelling with a spunky newblood, as the omni-talented Marhaug brings decades of experience crossing noise, jazz, experimental electronics and extreme metal to the table, perpendicular to Wesseltoft’s electro-acoustic praxis, as heard over the past decade in collaboration with indomitable figures such as C Spencer Yeh and Okkyung Lee.
While they neglect to mention where exactly “the best studio is Oslo” is located, the duo properly put it through its paces over five intensely and intently detailed pieces, firstly building Arches from a mass of crumbled electronic scree, then coming off like a prime Masami Akita piece with the delirious flux of Cyberiad, and drawing us into something like a back alley in the plagued zones of When’s Black Death with the visceral virulence Nature Lovers. The flipped gives freer rein to the LP’s title Nature Lovers with subtler sketching of space and narrative logic in Cultivated Leisure recalling the shape of Rashad Becker’s Notional Species, and Cable Cemetery latches onto more direct, pulsating and bifurcating rhythms with a purpose that recalls some kind of cyborganic creature coming to life.