These two debut solo albums of innovative Norwegian musicians—Kristoffer Lo and Bjørn Thevik feature long and nuanced sound poems, created with minimal means.
Tuba player Lo, a member of the art-rock trio PELbO and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, is using only his tuba, amplified via a big bass amplifier and few pedals. With these minimalist means he creates an hour long, intense and atmospheric musical universe of his own, showing a remarkable command of his instrument.
The tube is transformed into a sound generator that creates a hushed, repetitive deep drone, meditative overtones, otherworldly whispers, disturbing rustles, resonating tones and even distant cries. At first it sounds as if time stands still but the sound of the amplified tuba becomes elastic, it mutates and thickens patiently, adding more dark, evocative colors and dissonant sounds till it sounds like a new organism, with its own sonic properties.
Halfway through Anomie, the sculpted sonic texture reaches its climax, already with few recurring elements. Its reserved progression is still intense, highly detailed and emotionally charged. But after more than twenty minutes of meditative introduction, Anomie sound is noisier, with a threatening impact, close in its spirit to the drone-metal symphonies of Stephen O’Malley and Oren Ambarchi. Than in its last ten minutes the tension dissolves and and the thick sonic texture is reduced into a fragile, ethereal drone.
A unique masterpiece.