IVAR GRYDELAND: Stop Freeze Wait Eat LP/CD Hubro
Grydeland’s second full-length solo album is strange beast overall and one that is quite hard to pigeonhole. Considering the array of instrumentation at his disposal and numerous press reports pencilling him as Jazz; I was more than surprised to find much of this album falling into Lo-Fi, ambient and glitch territory.
Guitar delays looped over loops make for a hypnotic journey; and a key element in Ivar’s success at this, is knowing when to stop and change course. There are moments on ‘Stop Freeze Wait Eat’ that leave the listener hanging in an aural cavern of nothingness, as wisps of machine head harmonies occasionally flutter past sporadically.
There is a method to the numbing serenity that Grydeland brings to the table; and whilst this might not be up everyone’s street, there is a lot to be said for listening to this album whilst sat looking outside a window on a miserable rainy day, such as I am now. If nothing else, it makes for a fitting soundtrack.