Boomkat Product Review:
Sound artist Jasmine Guffond and composer Erik K Skodvin bring the best out of each other in a masterfully moody, unpredictable collaboration featuring sylphlike guest vocals by Finnish psych spirit Islaja.
Brought together by Sonic Pieces’ Monique Recknagel for the label’s 10th anniversary show in 2019, Guffond and Skodvin’s live performance was so strong that an album was commissioned and ‘The Burrow’ is the brooding result. Named after Kafka’s unfinished short story, written six months before his death, and revolving “a small creature who builds a burrow that's anxiously fortified in an attempt to protect against perceived attacks”, the album unfolds with a quietly immanent, intimate procession from stately classical minimalism gilded with haunting glossolalic vox by Merja Kokkonen (Islaja), before nesting in a prickly lush haze of cymbals and subbass on ‘White Eyes’, and further exploring that cocooning sub bass into ‘The Burrower’ and ‘Cozumel Trasher’, but somewhat threatened by anxious outside forces with a masterful grasp of quiet/loud dynamics.
The album gives both artists a mutual, inspired platform for summoning their ability to conjure uncanny, emotionally charged sensations and totally enveloping, abstract narratives.