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COURTIS / MARHAUG - North and South Neutrino

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Antifrost AFRO 2021
Release Year: 2004
Note: digipack
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €13.00

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Two performers in collaboration rather known for their harsher or more chaotic works (Anla Courtis was a member of REYNOLS) create a very elegant and softly developing composition... this 45 piece begins very soft, with high & nearly inaudible frequencies, uses crackles & hisses and slowly develops into something LOPEZian, but with more changes and strange sounds in the cold ultra-spheric & far-away drones. great stuff !!

This much expected collaboration (recordings started 5 years ago in Buenos Aires and Oslo), is released by Antifrost on February 1st.
Lasse Marhaug, known from his solo works but also as half of US/Norwegian group Jazzkammer has been around for a long time and has collaborated before with artists such as: Maja S.K. Ratkje, Tore H. B e, Merzbow, Aube, Ronnie Sundin, Kevin Drumm, TV Pow, Francisco L pez, Leif Elggren,, Mats Gustafsson, Fe-Mail, Andreas Berthling, Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Taku Sugimoto, Mark Wastell, Matt Davis, Reynols, SPUNK, Kim Cascone, and many others. The other creative half of this collaboration work is Anla Courtis, the guitarist and main composer behind the famous Argentinian group Reynols. The cover illustration/ artwork of the CD is done by the prestigious Swedish artist Leif Elggren (of Elgaland/Vargaland - Fireworks Editons). [press release]

The Antifrost label has put out some of the most challenging records of recent times, and this collaboration between Lasse Marhaug, one half of Norwegian noise thugs Jazzkammer and Anla Courtis, the musical mastermind behind the unruly Argentinians reynols, is as forbidding as they come. For the opening half hour it is a minimalist exercise in the slow motion deployment of a small clutch of extreme frequencies.
Then a richer metallic texture emerges from the brittle digital atmosphere recalling the isolationist going pieces of Thomas Koener. This darker, more brooding sound is submerged once more into the digital realm, as if we are viewing the same vast, immobile object from above and below the waterline. Or perhaps it is the subatomic particle referenced in the album title under two different magnifications. It's certainly not an easy listen, but submit yourself to its cold, dramatic logic and you will be rewarded. [THE WIRE/ Keith Moline]