Norway - Full Moon 90 - 02/06/04
Alpine Those Myriads
Yr Royal Jetlag Gospel
It's no secret that since I got hold of this CD it hasn't left my discman almost at all. And
this intriguing and otherworldly record gives me a hard time. The more I listen to it the more
perplexed I am, it gets harder to write something sensible about it for each listen. What is this?
Not two songs are vaguely in the same vein, even the songs themselves constantly mutates in new
and unexpected ways. It seems the two guys Gyphus and Elijah get their divine madness from such
diverse sources as cabaret, opera, weird folk, Will Oldham,
Daniel Johnston (who pops up on the track
"Love is a fascist invention" ), Nick Drake, Meret Becker, Tigerlillys, Residents, NWW and a host
of contemporary composers and experimental artists. What really strikes me are the way they make
the constant use of all sorts of effects and weird sounds work within the frame of a song, even
the smallest details heightens the mood or the melody. For melodies there are, some hidden under
layers of eccentric behaviour with diverse instruments, others plainly laid bare with only an
acoustic guitar and a haunting voice.
As for the lyrics, they range from the complete dadaistic undecipherable to the funny and the
morbid, as in "John (' round goes the merry)":
Maybe not the deep and profound statements, but who knows what lies hidden behind the obvious
meanings? If we are to take the music as a cue, the lyrics will grow on you with each listen.
And when I killed the dog
ohh, I really dug it
I think I've found myself
a new sweet hobby
Alpine Those Myriads are a welcome addition to the small, but significant number of Norwegian
groups who combines a taste for theatrics with genuine musicanship and a willingness to explore
the outer regions of contemporary music. Among the others we can name The Four from Trondheim,
Bogus Blimp from Sandefjord and the various
Origami fractions. Be sure to catch them if
you ever get the chance, their flair for the darker side of the carneval really comes out live.
Even the elaborate packaging of this CD gives a small hint of what to expect. Kurt Zwitters would
surely have been proud of his apprentices.
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