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Drifting Danish collective We Like We and meticulous sound recordist Jacob Kirkegaard utilise the 12 rooms of the Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen as grandly reverberant chambers in a suite of hauntingly minimal, time-slowing works that attempt to place the listener in an eternal, rarified present. Highly recommended if you're into anything from Eleh to Maja S.K. Ratkje and Hildur Guðnadóttir
Marking the return of We Like We to Sonic Pieces following their 2017 neo-classical salvo ‘Next To The Entire All’, the quartet’s 3rd album also sees them reprise a relationship with Jacob Kirkegaard, who provided recording and mixing assistance on both their 2017 side and their 2014 debut, and now takes a more central role in capturing the quartet’s quietly controlled gestures in the airy confines of Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen. Overlooked by the blank-eyed, eon-spanning gaze of Bertel Thorvaldsen’s marble statues, the group’s exacting playing and the spatialised recording conjure and convect a near static sense of timeless presence throughout 12 fragments of the 12-hour long installation and performance.
Each piece makes particular use of one of the 12 rooms’ individual acoustic architecture, as keenly represented in Kirkegaard’s exacting recordings. Listen closely enough and you can hear the dimensions alter thru the space’s lofty environs and long corridors. Working with such a level of subtle suggestion, it all ultimately feels like a personal soundtrack for an after-hours viewing where we, the listeners, are the only attendees and allowed to wander the space ghostlike and with only the blank eyes of Thorvaldsen’s statues for company. The combination of We Like We’s remarkable control of vocal, string and percussive tone, and the way that Kirkegaard renders the acoustic fidelity of the rooms really brings it all to life in the most sylvan, dream-like, and intangible manner.