8/10 Brian Staff review, 05 May 2011
Brand new CD from Osloite Alexander Rishaug which is his third waxing. I like that word. Waxing. I wouldn't like to be waxed though, oh no. I saw a friend go through it last year for charity & it were excruciating to watch I can tell thee!! This bugger is released on the astute & forward thinking Dekorder so there's a hallmark of quality already stamped up & glaring right at you, the buyer, in your fat, uncertain & wary face. This is more of that ponderous cerebral ambient drone/processed sound-art stuff derived from the sampling of "a dusty rhodes, a lovely guitar, a nervous radio and a lonely piano". I'm trying to locate the sound herein of a nervous radio but all I can hear for ages is a grand piano yawning after a mogadon & valium session. Don't get me wrong, it sounds quite wonderful & at times reasonably powerful. I'm waiting though, for the arrogant trumpet and maybe even the enigmatic cello? I think that would be a real treat. There is actually a segment where Business lady was convinced someone was dragging a dead body away from a murder scene in a deserted office block, on Ketamine. There's also some intriguing twinkly/glitchy bits. To be serious, and fair to the quite often engaging music on this CD, there's plenty going on and a couple o' parts of it even mildly recall the recent Tim Hecker 'Ravedeath' thing which, as you may be aware, is ace. All said, a mixed bag full of countless surprises.
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