Boomkat Product Review:
Joachim Nordwall grinds it down to quintessentials, demonstrating The Power of Repetition for Entr’acte with riveting documentation of a studio recording made at Elementstudion, Gothenburg, in May/June 2016.
Having been a member of a whole bunch of projects we've followed closely - from The Skull Defekts to Fire! Orchestra and Saturn And The Sun, not to mention his involvement as a founder of the Börft and Ideal labels, Joachim Nordwall is surely one of the most active and coinsistently fascinating producers operating at the finges of electronic music.
For this limited-run tape he exemplifies the all-consuming might of his sound in two contrasting ways over 30 minutes. In the first part he’s brutally intent on dissolving your atoms in a boiling acid bath of torrid churn and stressed metal tang leaving us with nowhere to hide, before the second part opens out and traverses into plangent, pealing wails anchored in some kind of chain-dragging bass trudge that sounds like some native american death chant, or equally a passage of black metal sung by sami yoikers and smeared like tar down a glacier.
As Nordwall explains: “Repetition is key to most of my music. This is what interests me. Drawing inspiration from minimalism through noise and electro-acoustics to techno and acid, my sound carries these influences (hopefully) respectfully but I always strive for a personal take, one which creates heightened tension and unease. The Power of Repetition emerged from the shadows. It was recorded live with analogue synths in a Gothenburg studio through a bunch of amps, moving objects on an amplified table, creating what I was looking for — a pure, static power.”
It's a powerful and successful statement, sure-handedly living up to Nordwall's focussed, noisy intentions.