Towards Language is the new album from Arve Henriksen (of Supersilent), working once again with Jan Bang and Erik Honore as on his classic 2004 record Chiaroscuro. Arve’s trumpet and voice, often live-sampled by Bang, sits at the centre of a luscious soundscape of instruments and textures, each track subtle and slow-growing like a natural process. CD and LP release on Rune Grammofon.

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Towards Language by Arve Henriksen
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8/10 Jamie 01 June 2017

Wafting in from some distant planet on solar winds comes the latest cosmic jazz odyssey under the name of Arve Henriksen. ‘Towards Language’ has players credited as Elvind Aarset and the wonderfully named Jan Bang. Fill in your own jokes here, please.

Lead man Arve is a trumpet guy, but for the first two tracks he sounds for all the world like a flautist with those thinly-reeded sounds ethereally enchanting the ears of those who will listen. Also, Mr Aarset is doing a fine job on ‘empathic guitar’ (his instrument really cares at least, and it shows) and Mr Bang is great on his ‘Livesampling’ of Henriksen’s vocals and ‘programming’. Arve’s electronics are enriched with creeping textural detail and the whole shebang is very nicely chilled, thank you very much. I think this is a beautiful record, but then I do have hippie tendencies.

Certainly recommended for fans of the experimental end of the jazz spectrum and all things of the ECM and Rune Grammophon back catalogues, and not a bad introduction to people unfamiliar with the Henriksen oevre either. Quite a win, then.



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