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    Varg – “Ursviken” – [Northern Electronics]

    DM without the sparkle? Or maybe a dark sparkle? Often slow
    rhythms from Swedish one-man outfit, call it downer beat?
    If the drum machines move quickly, they do so in a sort
    of Joy Division programming. Jonas R??nnberg is Varg, and this
    is NOT the metal project of the same name. Here we have
    industrial leaning techno with occasional hints of what
    feel like IDM relics in the cockpit. Mesmerizing overall,
    “Sharins Soner” elevates soft white noise, and buries the
    beats beneath it. “Raggarsvin” stomps out a beat but
    drags other creaks through reverb with some noise chirps
    and breathy voice slices. “Ohn” discards beats for an off-world
    landing on a shadowy planet, the album has its spacey ambient
    stretches as well. Varg is most happy on “Asocial 46”
    which may say something emotionally, assuming those 808 twinks
    count as a form of happiness. But the double lp ends with a
    sequence of a village without hope. Overall undeniably bleak,
    but engagingly depressive instead of oppressive. If online
    translating can be trusted, this is a release of “unalloyed”
    (so no overdubs) electronic music. Also two of the track titles
    “Ohn” and “Agngatan” are places near Jonas’ hometown,
    where he intends to live and ultimately be buried. Hopefully
    no time too soon, with plenty more sounds to come!
    -Thurston Hunger

    Hmmm, google translate is always a risk but the liner notes may
    translate as

    We have, I think, unalloyed arranged for the most part.
    There are almost everything we need. I will live the
    rest of my life , nothing should be done differently.
    I have told them at that day when I go away , I want
    them to put my ashes over Ohn . Where should i get end
    my days . At the shipyard and the rock below Agngatan.
    I think it is possible to live has , I know you can do
    here, too.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 1, 2015 at 7:03 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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