BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa ‎– Góða Nótt

Editions Mego ‎– eMEGO 156
Vinyl, LP


A Góða Nótt 1 23:29
B Góða Nótt 2 21:19

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  • Photography By [Images By]Franz Graf
  • Recorded By [Additional Field Recordings From Buenos Aires]Anla Courtis


Made in Iceland and Germany.

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  • Barcode (Sticker): 9 120020 389303



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December 19, 2012
Let’s get acquainted with BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa. Although the group’s name will lead you to believe that it’s a collaboration between two people, Stilluppsteypa is actually its own duo, comprised of Helgi Thorsson and Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson. BJ Nilsen has produced about eight solo and cooperative works (he has worked with Chris Watson, Z’EV, and Philip Jeck) with releases on iDEAL, Ash International, and of course Touch [see my review of The Invisible City (2010)]. Stilluppsteypa, meanwhile, is an Icelandic experimental group with about a dozen releases going back to 1994 on some independent labels like Fire Inc, Atak, and Mille Plateaux’s sublabel, Ritornell. Prior to Góða Nótt (which in Icelandic means ‘good night’), Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa have already worked on six albums together, and this is their third release for Editions Mego. So that’s enough of a discography review, but before we listen, there’s some more background on Góða Nótt. It appears that the group got snowed in for a few days, and, while being completely isolated from the outside world, “with no food or drinks”, decided to record some music influenced by the situation. As you can imagine, the result is a dark composition, with intense focus on minimal detail, and the void in which it lives. The two sides of an LP are not overpowering, instead the manipulated field recordings surrender to their environment, wafting with the stale air in a shut-out room. This addled ambiance mixes with the humming insomnia, creating a thick atmosphere of stillness and calm. Perhaps a wind will blow and a door will creak. At times a bit unnerving, this droning soundtrack to a confined cognizance is precisely the reason why many musicians seek solitude, exile and withdrawal. Don’t hesitate to own this – you will return for more!