THE ISLAND BAND/LARS MYRVOLL: Like Swimming LP/CD Hubro
Myrvoll orchestrates here a team of Norwegian musicians into a sea of desperation. Far from what the title suggests this is the opposite of swimming; in fact it’s closer to drowning when efforts are concentrated on this medium alone.
However, all is not what it seems. Just as I was becoming engulfed in waves of anguish and grief, along comes the title track, in the vein of sickly sweet singer/songwriter, vomit inducing guff.
‘Like Swimming’ doesn’t know what it’s trying to achieve. On the one hand, it will appeal to those who like disjointed ambient and cold obscure harmonies; on the other it will prick up the ears of those who like nauseatingly cute male/female vocals that sing in tandem with one another. However, in mixing the two styles together, it ultimately alienates both audiences who would bin the album, rather than hear the other side of the coin play out.
The end result is an album that suffers majorly by its incompetent misguidance.