Boomkat Product Review:
'Oak Or Rock' is the third album in 6 years from Espen Sommer Eide following 'Genetic Engineering' and the hard to find debut for Biosphere's Biophon label.
This album is a wonderfully warm and organic cacophony of sound. Not quite microscopic shards of sound fall into place within each track as if composed and played back by a large orchestra. 'A Lion Lies Listening' changes the style with a quite awesome stop/start track, rewiring female vocals, flute and keyboards - the only track I can compare to this is the classic Aphex Twin remix of Nobukazu Takemura.
'The Boiling Fjords Orchestra' is pure nature blasted into sound with what sounds like altered found sound, ascending classical strings, brushed percussion and a hushed Ligeti'esque choir - stunning. Borderline insane vocalist Maja Ratkje quells her more riot fuelling tendancies for a moment to offer vocal samples for the ace 'Cloudberry' which is very reminiscent of the more out tracks on Bjorks 'Medula'. Finally the title track is alive with a ghosted feeling, like listening in to nature's most innermost thoughts. 'Oak Or Rock' - at times reminiscent of Tape from the the Hapna label then at other times you can make out touches of early styles of Pita and Fennesz in the construction. Ten tracks, 43 mins. Another mighty recommendation from Rune Grammofon.