Album Review

Akerlund, Lars “Ur/Volt” [fylkingen]

cujo   11/9/2008   A Library

Akerlund is a Swedish creator of sounds, in residence at Stockholm’s EMS. Both of these long tracks are remixes of his own earlier works. These were written for a dance project.

It begins with a steady pulse hammered out by drum beats. I take it back ??? the whole piece is really about this pulse. It???s too slow to be tribal yet too fast to be a heartbeat. The rhythm doesn???t change but the beats get more complex. Around the 5-minute mark a foghorn interrupts the proceedings. From there some very high-register maracas-type noise is the center of attention. As you strive to make some sense of the endless tambourine chimes, you realize that the pulsing is never far. The drum beats and the foghorn will make subtle reappearances in the farthest sections of the mix.

Lars is not afraid to toy with many minutes of near silence with this track. Cicada hums rule the day and he makes some sloooow work with them. He???s not afraid to let them drift into silence for minutes at a time. Getting used to the acute ringing of the noise may be the deal-breaker for you listeners — relief in the form of some bass doesn???t come until near the very end of its 36 minutes.

–Cujo, KFJC, Nov 2008

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