Boomkat Product Review:
Entr’acte grip Icelandic electronic maverick Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson - bandmate of Jóhann Jóhansson in Evil Madness, and ov BJNilsen as Stilluppsteypa - for a total wormholer called Sun of Late Afternoon, which is the first we’ve heard from him since the excellent Avantgardegasse side for Ultra Eczema in 2015. Was originally a tape on Hanson Records, now available on digital format for 1st time.
On this outing he spends half of the first piece, The Ultimate Sunday Afternoon luring us into a steeply pitched whorl of metallic harmonics and process location noise that points to his studies under The Hafler Trio, before switching to what sounds like the croaking breaths of dying man who sees himself projected into the ceiling of a large shopping centre, which turns out to be some kind of sonic purgatory.
A Late-Night Programme follows in equally surreal style, morphing from plaintive, etheric glossolalia and ambient pads like some lost Lewis joint, to conduct a bewildering trip thru spectral electronic timbres, aleatoric location recordings, and the kind of grotty oddness that used to be found on James Ferraro albums, to an elegiac synth finale. It’s the kind of music that puts your faith back in electronic music as a window onto the strangest, other worlds.