Uvesen review in Musique Machine


Self Titled [Twilight Luggage – 2011]

Uvesen is a recent project started by Andreas Brandal(Flesh Coffin, Hour of the Wolf) and Borre Myklebust (Boe). The pair create a curious mix of noise and electronic effects combined with percussion and guitars.  Seven tracks are represented here, each labeled I through VII.

There are plenty of highs and lows offered here; very jarring loud noise at one minute to almost relaxed, dare we say gentle, at the next.  Shadowy scenes are constructed with mechanical like ambient sounds giving the affair a dreamy sometimes celestial environment.  Improvisational, jazz-like drumming adds a dynamic burst of energy and rhythm.

Each piece has its own personality.  On IV the tone is more of a raw acoustic blues guitar riff blended with an unhurried drum pattern.  Yet on V the setting is an abstract, trippy one thrown together with jack hammer sounds and guitar feedback.  Yet through it all is a riotous throb of drum rolls.  Sound that gives the appearance of shimmering is heard on VII.  A seductive and somewhat mysterious industrial-like effect weaves slowly through a tangle of drums, guitar and percussion.  Every song seems to be a fantastic vibrating mass of sound that even when it is at its most earth shattering rumble can glide together seamlessly into a articulate composition.

Uvesen produce sounds that shift, move and absolutely burst through the speakers.  Softer, quieter moments merge with roaring blasts; sometimes through drums or guitars, others through electronic means.  This is not a project you can easily label as noise or experimental.  What is conveyed here is music plain and simple.  Yet at the end it is the sound of modern jazz and noise uniting to a create sounds that begged to be listened to.

Viktorya Kaufholz

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