Friday, September 25, 2020
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Artist: Havnes.Järmyr.Serries
Title: Distant Curving Horizon. The Primal Broken Passage. Beneath the Scorching Sun
Format: CD + Download
Label: Midira Records
Drummer Tomas JÄrmyr is in a variety of different groups- The Void Of Expansion, Yodok, Zu, Motorpsycho, Werl, Sunswitch, Saw- and here he gets together guitarists Dirk Serries and Eirik Havnes for a three-way long unplanned improvisation made up of long drawn-out floating guitar sounds, long sustained ambiences, and decidedly prog-rock-ish drumming that undulates between manic and mellow somewhat independently of the guitar work going on above.

It’s one 55-minute piece, ostensibly divided into three parts though it’s not immediately obvious where the divide or distinction lies. Instead it plays more like one consistent rise and fall affair playing heavily on the pull between arhythmic reverberating guitar and complex, very accomplished drumming.

A bundled twelve-minute-long “radio edit” of the central section doesn’t serve great purpose but would serve as a neat way to sample the mood of the whole thing without committing yourself to an hour of it.

There’s a certain timeless to it, an organic effects-pedal feel to the production and a slight dampened tone to the drums that make it feel like this could’ve been recorded at almost any point in the last twenty or thirty years. It was in fact recorded in 2015 in Trondheim, if you’re interested.

While it pushes no boundaries, this is the sound of three accomplished musicians with a very confident but moderated outlook enjoying the world of long freeform soundscaping improv, and it’s enjoyable to listen to too.


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