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    Equilibrium – “Liquid Light” – [Songlines Recordings]

    Euro-trio of voice, guitar and clarinet. The discord they
    often tap is often dissolved by the immaculate production
    and the airy performing of the three artists. Let’s open
    with the mouth, miss Sissel Vera Pettersen as several of
    the pieces have titles that are inspired by the simple but
    beautiful act of singing… “Praha” “Eupnea” “Air” and
    “Respire.” The last being a still solo, a jazz light yodel
    sung into a rich echo chamber. The melody she follows is
    similar to the guitar spidery chords strung by Mikkel
    Ploug. On pieces like “Oslo From Above” you hear him
    pull apart arpeggios almost to the breaking point but
    then letting them return to resolution. On “Motels Mono”
    his steel acoustic takes a half-step slide towards Derek
    Bailey but gets blown back to Windham Hillville. He washes
    up volume pedal chord waves on “Sweep” where Joachim
    Badenhorst’s clarinet asks questions of Pettersen’s wordless
    vocals. Badenhorts’s bass clarinet hums harmonizing with
    Sissel, almost turning her into a didgeridoo. The album
    shifts between pretty weird and weirdly pretty, but its
    gentle playing and production keep it heavily accessible
    even in its light nature. More electronics manipulation
    next time around, like on “Statolith” and the heroic “Hiro” please?
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 11, 2015 at 6:30 pm
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