Ich Bin N!ntendo & Mats Gustafsson - Self Titled [Va Fongool - 2012]This self titled collaboration is a wonderful shot of brutal, stumbling & careering noisy improv/ seared jazz noise. The CD brings together heavy weight & offten noise bound Norwegian Sax player Mats Gustafsson, with three piece Sprawling ‘n’ manic trio Ich Bin N!ntendo which conists of Joakim Heibø on drums, Magnus Nergaard on electric Bass, and Christian Winther on electric guitar.
The release conists of three tracks: “Start First”, “End”, & “Second” with a total running time of just over. It’s a live recording of a performance from March this year at Oslo’s Lillesalen Konsertserie.
So opening up the release we have “Start first” which comes in at the 7.20 mark, and it starts out with wavering crescendo of shrilly guitar smarts, low-hang bass & cluttering drum batteings…it’s feels like woozy & out-of-focus improv grindcore. At just over the minute mark Gustafsson seared baritone sax honk is added, & the track descends in a wonderful grating ‘n’ stumbling free-fall, with a semblance of structure just flirting from time to time at the ends of the track. The track mainly retains a very full & overloaded sound through-out, with each contributors locking into a splendid chaos.
Track two “End” is the baby of the bunch at the 3.21 mark. It kicks straight into a mix of truly battering slaming ‘n’ ducking speeding drums, jerking ‘n’ tautly wavering bass, sliding & wailing guitar, and screaming sax. It’s a great disorientating track that goes from full on dense sound attacks, to brief drum-less seared swims of improv.
Lastly we have the 17.50 of “Second”, which starts with a mixture of booming ‘n’ dragging bass, chiming ‘n’ grating guitar swims/ slides, careering ‘n’ crashing drums, and roaming ‘n’ searing sax burns. Along the tracks length the mood sometimes pairs back to sleazed shimmering ‘n’ sludgy type crawl with Gustafsson ducking in & out of the mix. But fairly soon the intensity is turned back up.
All told this is a very effective & intense shot of improv/ noise jazz with all parties creating a wonderfully rewarding & noisy chaos that I’ve found myself returning to again & again over the last few weeks.