John Chantler is an Australian-born Stockholm-based electronic musician who is known for his improvised and experimental works. Johannes Lund is a Danish sax player. Andersabo is their second album together. Here they mix acoustic - pump organ and sax - and electronic instruments with field recordings creating drones, howls and all sorts of goings on.
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'Andersabo' by John Chantler & Johannes Lund is a fresh and innovative take on ambient experimental music. It comprises three long-form pieces all united by one central drone and an organic-sounding background chatter of, according to Chantler and Lund, "the environment and its many actors" (gr8 phrase).
First piece 'Back of the House' is a striking opener. It's stark, mainly consisting of tremulous, chattering saxophone runs, a dubby synthesizer drone, and a wash of thermal noise. Even though it's fourteen minutes of basically the same thing, it's still fantastic; think 'Hallogallo' played at a Gothic harvest festival. It's visceral and organic, a quivering release of nervous energy.
'Open Field & forest' is an even bleaker affair, opening with a minute or so of barely audible squealing before slowly swelling into a stony-faced surge of organ playing a defiant major second interval. It then falls away into a litter of feedback punctuated by grating, industrial bleats.
'Andersabo' is the name of the barn in Sweden where Chantler and Lund recorded the album. The barn seems present throughout the album, not just as the place where they happened to be but as the album's container, its husk. The textures seem lifted from the roughhewn world of the barn, the sounds are woody, earthy, and organic, creaking and rasping. The third and final song is even called 'Under Barn Floor'. It's an apt title, as the piece speaks to the difference between the subterranean and the superterranean. The great muddy drone is the soil, while everything above is represented by those twinkly synths and the insectile chirp and buzz. On this album the silence of decomposition is made noisy, the sound of a decay stretching into a deepening soil horizon.
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