Category Archives: Other album reviews

Music for Gardening reviews (in English and Swedish)

Full of invention, humour, absurdity, and a distinct lack of preciousness that is a welcome antidote to many over-manicured laptop releases. Continue reading

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Travel Now Journey Infinitely reviews (in English, German, Dutch, French, Norwegian)

“Norwegian noise artists Maja Ratkje and Hild Sofie Tafjord (Fe-mail) signed for the industrial influences on ‘Travel Now Journey Infinitely’ and these parts especially make Trinacria sound like something completely new.” “Travel Now Journey Infinitely is a courageous crossover that the black metal genre hasn’t seen in this form yet, and that alone deserves respect. Always good, sometimes sublime, it definitely deserves to be checked out by fans of the dark arts, but also by everybody else who’s into transgressing artistic frontiers.” Continue reading

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Passing Images reviews in English and German

On Passing Images, his second solo release, Haltli recalls traditional music from his homeland – a psalm from the western fjords, a waltz from the village where he grew up close to the Swedish border, a song of Romany travellers … Continue reading

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Passing Images reviews in Swedish and Norwegian

“Frode Haltlis Passing Images er så vakker at den aldri burde vært anmeldt.” Continue reading

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Illegal Parking reviewed by The Wire

The Wire:
Ratkje’s extenuated groans and Melin’s juddering scrawl recalls the intensity of Keiji Haino’s duets with Peter Brötzmann. Continue reading

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Co słychać u Maji Ratkje? (PL)

Nowamuzyka 2006: Jeśli ktoś czytał mój przewodnik po płytach Rune Gramofon, to być może pamięta zachwyt (który absolutnie podtrzymuję) dla solowego krążka Mai Ratkje – “Voice”. Od tego czasu postanowiłem śledzić uważnie wszystkie jej przedsięwzięcia. A jest w czym wybierać … Continue reading

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Northern Stains reviews (in English and Spanish)

The New York Times: “Fe-Mail and Carlos Giffoni is probably the most pedestrian sound on “Northern Stains” (Important), the product of a recent encounter between Carlos Giffoni, an electronic improviser, and Fe-Mail, a noise-proficient Norwegian electro-duo. Mr. Giffoni met his … Continue reading

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Voluptuous Vultures reviews (in English, German, Spanish, Russian, Swedish)

“Leute, das Ding hier geht mächtig ab und bereitet extrem viel verdorbene Freude!” Continue reading

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Adventura Anatomica reviews (in English and Italian)

Listening to the record, you become aware of the body as a phenomenal sound source, suddenly noticing the musical potential of your gurgling stomach, the blood squeaking in your ears, your knuckles popping. Continue reading

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Post-Human Identities reviews (in English, Dutch and Norwegian)

“At times sounding like two cartoons at the same time, then mating whales, then a whole marching army to end with the amplification of the smallest forms of life. ” “Post-human Identities fremviser det beste eksempelet på musikalsk menneske-data-maskin-interaksjon jeg har hørt siden … vel, Maja Ratkjes soloplate Voice fra 2002.” Continue reading

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En aldeles forferdelig sykdom reviews (in English and Norwegian)

Named after Pippi Longstocking´s favourite word, nothing to do with bodily fluids, Spunk are a Norwegian improv quartet who share their fictional heroin´s feistiness and insistence on doing things a bit differently. The quartet are about to celebrate their tenth … Continue reading

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Music for Loving reviews (in English, German, Russian)

“This is the noise record of the year. Pixelated, muddy, awkward, fricticious, its all in there; like a mystery stew of aural delights.” Continue reading

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Lyden av for mye energi (NO)

Morgenbladet oppsummerer det omfangsrike Maja Ratkje-året. Støymusikk: Maja Ratkje opererer i et musikkmiljø som i spesielt stor grad er dominert av nerdete menn, og nyter stor anerkjennelse, skriver Svein Egil Hatlevik. Foto: Ellen Lorenzen Det er blitt lett å lage … Continue reading

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Syklubb fra Hælvete reviews (in English, French, German, Slovenian, Swedish, Norwegian)

“Out of Norway comes the most exciting noise LP I’ve heard to date. These two women romp thru stimulating noise compositions fresh and clean w/ a distinct Scandinavian frost. But there’s always an undercurrent of warm embrace, sweet and masterful.” (Thurston Moore) “Jeg vil anbefale denne plata til alle 50-åringene som går rundt og tror at gitar-feedback er det tøffeste som finnes.” (Arild R. Andersen) Continue reading

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Music for Faking reviews (in English and French)

“They thrown in sounds of popular culture in their blenders, and put the temperature all the way up, but the two are capable to produce some noise that really matters. One in which something is happening, a dynamic field of sound, small stuff is enlarged and amplified, like a high pressure cooker. Noise as it should be. A lesson to study for many.” Continue reading

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MAJAAP reviews (in English, French, Italian, Portugese, Swedish, Norwegian)

“Jaap Blonk has finally met his improvising match in Maja Ratkje. Whereas most improvisors have trouble keeping up with Blonk’s speed and theatrics, Ratkje goads him on and often instigates the pace.” “Ratkje and Blonk shape and pace their improvisations with clarity and agility as well as a palpable sense of fun.” Continue reading

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All Men Are Pigs reviews (in English, Russian, Norwegian)

Pitchfork: “Fe-Mail are Maja Ratkje and Hild Sofie Tafjord, both formerly of the Norwegian experimental electro-acoustic quartet Spunk. You might also know Ratkje from her exceptional 2002 solo album Voice, on which she demonstrated how the bizarre fury of a … Continue reading

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Music for Shopping reviews

“Ideal for browsing the racks in your favourite high street store. I think people would appreciate the accompaniment of desiccated samples belching out against trembling Theremin as they sip latte in air-conditioned comfort.” Continue reading

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Den øverste toppen på en blåmalt flaggstang reviews

“sounds that honestly have to be heard to be fully believed. A joyful celebration.” “It results in some of the freshest thought-provoking music this reviewer has heard in a while. Highly recommended.” “An album that simply oozes attitude; an attitude toward sound and space, to the possibilities of an improvising quartet as determined by their fine appetite for absurdity.” Continue reading

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Det eneste jeg vet er at det ikke er en støvsuger reviews

“It drives me nuts, makes me laugh, makes me listen. It is truly unique.” Continue reading

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