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Viktor Sjoberg looks a dapper chap.. I'm assuming it's him on the cover, like. And he talks a good game too, proselytising on how formulaic the notion of 'free jazz' has become over the years and how he'd like to try and open that shit up. I guess you'd have to say he's succeeded at least to some degree in achieving that, given that I'm struggling for touchstones for his sound which utilises traditional jazz instruments, quite often sounding reasonably dry and unprocessed, in combination with field recordings and droney ambience to create something pretty singular. I guess maybe a lighter Bohren & Der Club of Gore might be a very vague comparison and there've been occasional moments in Supersilent's output that you could almost compare to it, but this seems far more reflective and mindful of tradition.. Not in a retrogressive sort of way, more that it successfully creates a dialogue between jazz past and the ambient scene that's popular right now. And apart from all that it's super relaxing too!
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