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Catch The Totem [1998-2005]


  • Código : MELK013
  • Fabricante : Melektronikk (NO)
  • Código del fabricante: 7033662000135
  • Precio: 55.99 zł
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Współczesna Elektronika / Avant-Garde
premiera polska:
2007-04-16
kontynent: Europa
kraj: Norwegia
opakowanie: plastikowe etui
opis:

www.themilkfactory.co.uk
That Alog was formed in the basement of a kindergarten in Tromso is just no little irony of life. Although they have, in the course of three critically acclaimed albums for Rune Grammofon, investigated a wide range of soundscapes, ambiences and styles, which has in turned placed them at the forefront of Norwegian contemporary acts alongside Biosphere, Kim Hiorthoy or Deathprod, their approach remains far more playful and unpredictable than most of their piers.
Formed by Espen Sommer Eide and Dag-Are Haugan almost ten years ago, Alog have constantly relied on a combination of electronic elements, found sounds and real instrumentations, allowing their music to grow in unexpected directions with every new composition. Catch That Totem! collects odds and sods recordings made by the band in various circumstances together with hard to find EP tracks and remixes. The sheer variety of tone help grasp what Alog are about in finer details than their regular albums could ever manage to.
Everything from ordinary guitar chords to the actual recording of a computer crash via the complete re-engineering of a track by Swiss band Velma or a phone message left on Haugan's voicemail by Kim Hiorthoy becomes part of this exhilarating collection. The pair are seen pushing the boundaries of their respectable sonic grounds well beyond expectations, wiping out the serious aspect of their work once and for all. The only thing Alog are serious about is the volatile and playful spirit of their music.The moment that surely sums up the band's attitude best is the totally futile, yet essential Hej, Vart Blev Det Av DAT'en, Kim?, which translates as 'Hi, where did the DAT tap go, Kim?'. The track was originally planned as a remix for one of Kim Hiorthoy's compositions taken from his 2000 Hei! album. As the DAT went missing, the pair simply fast-forwarded through the entire album, recorded the result, added Hiorthoy's phone message and regurgitated the lot into a rather intriguing, if surprisingly melodic, series of chopped-up atmospheres, noises and bleeps. Equally, the daunting series of syncopated abrasive tones around which Sunrise Tattoo evolves are at once puzzling, threatening and stimulating. Elsewhere, the pair appear to remains closer to conventional musical forms. Just Recording, which opens the album, grows from a multitude of overlapping chimes into subtle melodic structure based around a strummed guitar and a piano, with layers of sampled vocals applied to distract the ear. Theme From Toads, which was originally recorded as part of the soundtrack for the short film Toads by British director Phillip Mullarkey, is a gentle bleepey composition that imperceptibly rises and expands over three minutes, while Dog Dive, which was featured on a 2002 compilation released on (K-RAA-K)3, is perhaps one of Alog's most straightforward compositions.
If Catch That Tottem! sounds shambolic and disjointed, it is totally on purpose and only serves to highlight Alog's extensive scope, from tranquil melodic formations to complex sound experiments. Eide and Haugan have, in the eight years they have been collaborating, pushed the boundaries of experimentation in electronic music and uncovered an impressive array of new playgrounds upon which they have constantly thrived. Catch That Tottem! is the thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining diary of this unusual journey through sound.

muzycy:
Espen Sommer Eide
Dag-Are Haugan

utwory:
1. Just Recording
2. Song Sung Inwardly
3. Catch That Totem!
4. Theme From Toads
5. Something Like Islands Of Memory
6. The Method
7. Dog Dive
8. Travel Lighter
9. Sunrise Tattoo
10. Beklager, Nicholas
11. Hej, Vart Blev Det Av DAT'en, Kim?
12. Walk The Earth
13. Tromso

wydano: 2005
nagrano: 1998-2005
more info: www.melektronikk.com
more info2: www.alog.net

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