Norway - Full Moon 76 - 12/19/02
Luftwaffel (not the same label as Luftwaffel records, Trondheim)
This is exactly the kind of record that gives me serious trouble to review. Do I love it or
hate it? Both. Is it ugly or beautiful? Both. Is it noisy or quiet? Both. Is it full of clichés
or fresh ideas? Both. This kind of dualistic approach to the art of releasing a record must be
deliberate the way it permeates everything here. Like the sleeve - an ugly picture and an ugly
font in a very nice red-brown tint set against a white background. In this ugly-beautiful sleeve
we find a fantastic 220g heavy black slab of vinyl. Audiophile vinyl and lo-fi recordings... Lots
of inlays in this record (a good thing in itself), some ordinary and some spectacular - the story
of this LP. I especially appreciate the how-to-use-a-vinyl-record manual. Much needed these days.
And the music itself, ranging from American type power electronics to beautiful droning.
Clichés like speeches of Adolf Hitler almost drowning in noise-loops is done better by
Whitehouse and a host of industrial bad boys, but at other times they combine sounds and rhythms
in fresh and surprising ways. Like the oddly named song "Pål Jackman" (for our non-Norwegian
readers: this is the name of a young film director and musician from Stavanger), where percussive
elements get combined with some Merzbowian electronics with still enough room to breathe. Elegant
and quite stylish. My favourite. A very small pressing of this was done and it's not easy to get
hold of, but directly from the bands own mail-order
should still be possible.
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