BUILDING INSTRUMENT: s/t LP/CD Hubro
The trio of Building Instrument provide an ensemble of analogue and electronic musicianship; almost folk-like in its approach, with a touch of programming that gives an almost cut and paste quality to the output.
The vocals of Mari Kvien Brunvoll, provide an emotive exploration of pitch, resounding beauty and harmony that carry the production well throughout. Treated and sculpted into the drum-work and chiming ambience through subtlety, they’re the key weapon in Building Instrument’s arsenal.
Musically speaking though, this album isn’t always to my taste. Melody wise this threesome are strong, but I am not a lover of some of the sound sources, where it all becomes a touch too earth mother-ish and hippy like for me to find any affinity with.
There are moments along the way that I can latch onto, such as the almost trip-hop isms of the glorious ‘Kanskje’, where Brunvoll comes alive, reminiscent of the vocal styling of Halou. Singing in Norwegian, it barely matters that I can’t understand any utterance, as passion seeps from every corner of her being.
Building Instrument are a peculiar bunch that find a direct symmetry between the obscure and easy listening, that as a whole sit comfortably as bedfellows. My personal preference is that going forward they remain revelling in obscurity, ignoring any penchant for commercialism.