Wednesday, June 3, 2020
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Artist: ROY-ARNE KNUTSEN
Title: Old Boat House
Format: CD EP
Label: Silence Is Not Empty
Rated: *****
Released by Pawel Grabowski's new mp3 label as a free download ep (18 minutes total), "Old Boat House" features two tracks from 2005 and one from 1999 by this Tromso-based soundmaker, inspired by his old grandparent's house in Steines, a Norwegian coastal town. It comes as no surprise, then, to find water loops in "Korstog", my favourite track and probably the one where Knutsen's approach to ambient works better. "Host" opens the work with seashore recordings, pulsing electronics and synth patterns, while "Isodet", the oldest track, is more rhythmically oriented. As a whole, Knutsen plays a kind of serene synth-based ambient music which will probably please the fans of labels like Hypnos, while I personally find it a tad too old fashioned to really grab my interest.

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