Norway - Full Moon 55 - 04/08/01
Projectionist Please Focus
Apartment Records/OHM Records
Del goes cineMad! Projectionist Please Focus is packed with cinematic references, from
the CD (DEL on CD!? What's happening here...) cover wrapping, with all its pictures, to the core
of their music. So, warm up the Bauers and the Cinemeccanicas, and let the projection start.
Fill the silver screen.
Projectionist Please Focus is simply a brilliant album title, and on it you'll find
live recordings done in Trondheim and Oslo (from Lofi-Café, Blå, Klubb Kanin, and the
Eat The Rich festival) between June 1998 and December 2000. DEL used to be a trio - Lasse
Marhaug (electronics, tapes, powerbook, guitar, voice, harp, violin, percussion, etc.), Kjell
Runar Jenssen (drums percussion, samsa, metalophone), and Per Gisle Galåen (guitar, voice, tapes,
organ, accordion, etc.) - but now it seems like Fredrik Ness Sevendal (guitar) has become a
regular 4th, making it a quartet. They've also brought along some friends/guests: Alexander
Rishaug (guitar, casio, Apple), Audun Eriksen (voice, theremin, short-circuited toys!), and Jon
Biger Wormdahl (of Salvatore, on electronics). Anyway, first track
Up Like a Shot starts the slow-mo dronery, with sampled film dialogue (right? not that I recognize
what it's been taken from). DEL perform improv music from the darkest
corners. Abstract minimalism. Infernal sub-surrealism. They spook, they thrill, they surprise, and they
even bore, but you'll never know their next move. Their soundscapes fluctuate between gentle caresses
and noisy terror. I sort of get the feeling that it's better to capture the live thing than listening
to the recordings, just to get in the right mood for taking in this type of music. Because DEL
challenge the listeners quite a lot. You'll not find any "verse-chorus-verse" of course, rather
a floating river of sounds and rhythms. Most of the seven tracks clock in between 6 and 10 minutes,
except the 23 min lament Carnival Magic, which I find a bit too, uh, "running on
empty". Lash of Lust is more positively vibed, and makes more sense for me. As well as
the tormented Killer's Curse.
When listening to Projectionist Please Focus I now and then come to think of this as a
perfect soundtrack for Col. Kurtz and his tribal brute in the Cambodian jungle in Coppola's
Apocalypse Now! Try whispering "The horror...,
the horror...", and you might get an idea of what I mean.
Copyright © 2001 Håvard Oppøyen