'Fall Into Fire' is Dag Rosenqvist's newest eclectic collection of lo-fi noise, ambient and electro-acoustic sounds, and it's also his first record in his own name, since dissolving the Jasper TX moniker. Told in six interconnected parts, 'Fall Into Fire' is constantly surprising its listener, sharply transitioning from bouts of pure noise into moments of silence that are imposed on the record with a terrifying precision. The record twists and turns at any point, often becoming a more meditative ambient record and sometimes being informed by neo-classical arrangements. Recommended for fans of highly narrative electro-acoustic artists such as The Caretaker and Michael Grebil.
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9/10 Mike Staff review, 21 August 2014
I'm having a dizzyingly eclectic day, anything from techno to shoegazey metal to drone-folk, psych-rock, soul-pop, experimental synths...and now this difficult to describe offering from Dag Rosenqvist, formerly known as Jasper TX, which melts together sound art and field recorded ambience with drone, noise and neoclassicall touches for a deeply involving sonic journey for the reliable n5MD, who normally put out CDs.
Things start out slow, but once you adjust to the pace and start absorbing all the carefully layered textures it's quite an involving listen, 13-minute opener 'The Gate' unfolding through boldly strummed guitars, seafoam samples, stuttering electronics and wall-of-noise storms of buffeting drums, churning fuzz guitar and squealing, swirling electronics in a relentless spiralling crescendo.
Apart from this number there's some sad wibbling drones in 'The Congregation' and another lengthy piece on side B, 'The Procession', which starts out with a soft progression of indistinct synth drones that build into a shuddering, scraping industrial hum and over which the chord progression is addressed in a far more grandiose style with muddy marching drums and soul-gouging sheets of distorted guitar and...is that brass? Whatever it is it makes a huge great sombre wall of orchestral power that blends into the distorto-fuzz to beautiful effect, a grand broken noise symphony. There's three shorter atmospheric pieces, 'The Flood' parts I to III, that separate the longer tracks, but it's really these two epic numbers that are the main event here. Pretty special.
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