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Havnes, Järmyr, Serries - Distant Curving Horizon. The Primal Broken Passag [Midira Records - 2018]

The genesis of this album grew from two separate sessions recorded back in 2014. Tomas Järmyr had recorded duo sessions with both Eirik Havnes and Dirk Serries which led to discussions of the three working together on what was to become this album. Recorded in a single day in 2015 at Olavshallen, Trondheim, Norway on May 16th 2015. The album, a 55 minute improvised piece of jazzy, kraut/space/drone rock, was mixed & mastered by Dirk Serries.

Beginning with Tomas Järmyr’s jazz influenced drums taking centre stage the album weaves its way through various stages across its epic 55 minute length. The first stage see’s a steady build up as the guitars become more and more involved, expanding the sound of the track as droning guitar noise becomes more and more prevalent in the mix. Around the twenty minute mark things take a big step up in terms of the pace of the track and the guitars bring a much fuller sound to the proceedings, fleshing out what had begun as quite a drum led sound. The track drops off again around twenty five minutes into ambient drone territory before it begins to slowly build and grow again, peaking around the thirty five minute mark with some fairly heavy intense sounding avantgarde space drone.

The whole piece is a beautiful and hypnotic experience in sonic psychedelic experimentation. The musicianship is of a very high quality, and all three musicians work their magic in tandem. As a completely improvised piece it stands up as a whole, and each member’s mastery of their instrument really comes to the fore highlighting their ability to make this sound like it was written in advance. At no point does it ever feel forced or do we ever get the feeling there is a misstep. This is an excellent slab on monolithic space drone that is worth investing a little time in. If you like music that flows over you allowing you to immerse yourself in its every twist and turn, then this is the album for you.

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Darren Charles
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