Norway - Full Moon 186 - 11/10/11
It's a label showdown!
Metronomicon Audio vs. Jester Records - Round 29
Ergo: Reclaim The Mall!
(2006 Metronomicon Audio: MEAU.0029.MINI.CDR)
Ulver: Teachings In Silence
(2003 Jester Records TRICK-029)
Welcome to round 29 in the label showdown series between Metronomicon Audio and Jester Records!
Since we've more or less totally missed out on reviewing the output of these two great labels, we are going
through their entire catalogues, matching the releases from each label consecutively against each other.
Humorously counting goals
and giving out yellow
and red cards, soccer style -
but first of all reviewing the music. For more introductory information on this label match, see
Reclaim The Mall! is presented in the typical Metronomicon fashion - a (mini) CD-R packed in a flexible plastic sleeve with a cardboard folder.
The Ulver release comes in a CD jewel case with a multi-folded insert with art & info.
Ergo is Marius Ergo, and this is his debut release on Metronomicon.
He seems to be able to handle at least as many instruments as Sissyfus, the
listing here is impressing, counting guitars, keyboards, drums, bass, flutes and also programming.
In fact, this release is all done by Ergo, except for Magnus Moriarty™, who plays the violin on one track.
The short one-minute intro of "Klubbvika" is dominated by a gentle glockenspiel and cosy flutes.
This relaxed feeling continues in "Commodity Jams", whose slightly synthetic xylophone sounds
melds with short sitar-like bursts and an array of soft sounds, in sum rather ethereal.
"The Transfiguration Of Harry Simms" introduces what sounds like programmed drums, at least
some parts are played rapidly with metronomic(on)al precision. Above this floats a shimmering
multi-instrumental melody, quite dreamy. Staccato piano playing accompanies the vocals
on "Sun Song", but the arrangment soon gets more experimental and exotic, sounding at one point like
there's a small rain forest in the backyard.
"Philogen" is more subdued, with acoustic guitar and a heavily reverbed vocal, while Moriarty™'s violins glides along.
The instrumental "The Street, The Beach And The Ballroom" is also quiet, with a soft melodica over acoustic guitars, while other small sounds flows by.
Gentle guitar strumming sets the base for fine the mellow ballad at the end, "Let Summer Begin".
To sum it up: Reclaim The Mall! stands out in the Metronomicon catalogue as a consistantly mellow and fragile effort.
The instrumentation and arrangements are interesting, a bit psychedelic but in a lo-fi indie way. A comfortable place to rest and breathe slowly for a few minutes.
To sum up Teachings In Silence: This collects the two Ulver EPs from 2001, Silence Teaches You How To Sing and
and Silencing the Singing on one CD. The original releases were limited editions of 2000 and 3000 respectively,
so this re-release seems fair enough. In earlier matches they scored one goal each, so the ref decides that two goals would be a fair outcome in this match also.
Match result: Metronomicon Audio 2 () - Jester Records 2 ()
Next head-to-head meeting is the 3.0 compilation from Metronomicon Audio which is up against
the Ulver release Svidd Neger - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Jester Records.
Copyright © 2011 Knut Tore Breivik