ANDERS HOLST / MADS EMIL NIELSEN: s/t LP Clang
This Danish duo utilise for the most part, a medium I don’t usually think works on an actual recording. Most of the output is improvised live recordings; but here Holst and Nielsen have layered them down with overdubs, which adds to the construction of the tracks on offer.
Airy pads and guitar drones make for an otherworldly feel to the proceedings, with the clattering of percussion kept to the background. The production gives a large spatial awareness that can only assist the ambient qualities of this self-titled collaboration.
Through spontaneous interaction they have both created an album that smatters of immediacy and urgency in sections. I have never been a fan of Tibetan bells and the like, as anyone who has read my reviews will note; however, these are few and far between on this release and it’s the Fennesz-like quality of the guitars that shine throughout (such as on the excellent ‘Star Riser’).
Steadily drifting between Dark Ambient and subtle noise, keeps the listeners attention and for the most part, this duo fail to detract from the path they have chosen. This continuity on actual musicianship across the majority of songs; makes for a worthwhile afternoon’s listening exercise.