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Sweden’s leading avant gardists, Mats Gustafsson, Anna Lindal, Mats Lindström and Joachim Nordwall are captured live in quiet concentration during an online concert from ’21, hosted by Confront.
‘Vår’ renders the quartet in one intensely longform work beside a pair of odder preparations for the concert that venture into regression session primitivism and spectral electro jazz. Playing to no present audience, but heard remotely at the time, Ensemble Vår get right under the skin of their thing on the main piece, ‘Consort’, evolving from scribbly lower case plucks and scrapes into a restrained, primitivist language of animalistic purrs and breaths extracted from saxophone, flute, violin, electronics, sampler, analog synths, effects and tape. Nobody attempts to outdo anyone else, holding to a democratic division of frequencies that stalk each other and congeal into a sort of synaesthetically stimulating sound that feels like it grows hair, scales and baby teeth as their improvisation proceeds.