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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Pica Disk PICA003
Release Year: 2007
Note: solo-album of SPUNK & FE-MAIL member
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Erstes Solo-Album von HILD SOFIE TAFJORD, die sich in den letzten Jahren in der free Impro & Industrial-Noise-Szene (v.a. als eine Hälfte von FE-MAIL) einen Namen gemacht hat. "KAMA" beginnt wunderbar ruhig und dicht, bevor sich das Stück immer mehr aufbläht und sich langsam ein Tor zu einer anderen Welt auftut... gefüllt mit Maschinennoises, wellenden Feedbacks, verzerrten & gequälten Sound-Objekten... aber sie kommt zurück zur Stille, wo sich weitere "Wege" und Überraschungen ergeben... eine hervorragende Geräusch-Komposition mit bruitistischen Anteilen, durchdacht & spannend arrangiert; das schöne Cover rundet diesen Release ab, den wir nur uneingeschränkt empfehlen können.

"Hild Sofie Tafjord has been known to the public for over a decade as part of projects like SPUNK, Fe-Mail (her duo with Maja Ratkje), Agrare (Fe-Mail with dancer Lotta Melin), Trinacria (Fe-Mail with black metallers Enslaved) and collaborations with Birchville Cat Motel, Wolf Eyes, Matmos, Ikue Mori, Otomo Yoshihide, Carlos Giffoni, Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith and countless others. She has released albums on labels like Asphodel, Rune Grammofon, ECM and Gameboy Records. Her main instrument is the horn, but other acoustic instruments as well as metal objects and noise electronics has always been an intregral part of her pallet. Hild Sofie Tafjord is, quite simply, an amazing performer, composer and improvisor with a broad musical range. After consistent touring and performing around the world for years she has built a big fan-base of people who all ask themself:
When the hell is Hild Sofie going to record her solo album?
Finally, the wait is over. KAMA is here. A monumental 41 minute colossal single-track of an album recorded in the period from summer 2006 to february 2007 during dark nights in her studio in Oslo.
KAMA is mostly made from the sound of her french-horn; although if you didn't know it you probably wouldn't have guessed. Layers upon layers of distorted, processed and mangled pieces of sound form a consistent stream of sonic bliss. Within this massive sound-construction slowly shapes build into an epic climax. The title KAMA hits at few interpretations. A quick wikipedia search tells us that KAMA could be a number of things; a double edged dagger, iron pots used in tea ceremonies, and indian for lust (as in kama sutra). Well, who cares what it means when it feels and sounds this good?! Hild Sofie Tafjord's debut album is here, and it has been worth the wait." [label info]

"You could wonder if an active improviser as Hild Sofie Tafjord needs a solo record? She is a member of Spunk, Fe-Mail, Agrare, Trinacria as well as an improviser with Wolf Eyes, Matmos, Birchville Cat Motel, Ikue Mori, Fred Frith and many more. I wonder: when does she have the time to record anything solo? At night, it seems, from the summer of 2006 to the winter of 2007, in her studio in Oslo, we find her with a French horn. It says so on the cover, as it's not easy to believe. There are traces of a French horn in the opening bits of this work, but sooner than later things explode into quite a noise blast of distortion, grunting tones. It might be a French horn. It might. However don't expect this to be a work that is a full on blast throughout towards the very end of the disk. It's much more than that. Tafjord knows how to pull back the brutality and you can find here producing raw, loud, but sparse tones, somewhere around the fifteen minute mark, before building up again. Fifteen minutes and through another cascade of noise, the work finds itself in a rather heavy rhythmic mood - deep pulsating, almost like early industrial music. 'Kama' is a noisy beast, but it's more than just being a noisy beast. Tafjord uses the right amount of computerized doodling in combination with shifting textures to deliver a great release. Great noise this is." [FdW / Vital Weekly]