Sindre Bjerga + Micromelancolié ‎– Momentum

Twice Removed ‎– TR019
CDr, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered


1 Towards Water 27:33
2 Moments 36:55



Released in an ecopak 4P.


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October 30, 2013

Twin, extended drones, smooth, minimal but bumpy with data coursing just beneath their skin and executed with great aplomb. Sindre Bjerga is a multifaceted sound artist amongst whose impressive discography can be unearthed gems of both dark and lighter ambient, while Micromelancolié is Robert Skrzyński, who is also Microdepresja, and who belabours “no-input mixing board, old VHS tapes, classic analogues and field recordings.” This is their second collaboration.

“Towards Water” begins with fluorescent bulb buzz in the empty hallway leading down to hell and the thousand voices murmuring are distressing, a torture of one thousand cuts. It quietly shears against the ears and furrows the brow. Surprisingly, the dark, low undertone that stealthily emerges is majestic, almost comforting when in other contexts would be decidedly creepy. On the title track, a miserable piano is left out in a field, under skies in which clouds of iron clash. But “Momentum” gets more complicated, a stream of consciousness churning through coaxial cable, visited with the same, low, dull, ultimately maddening white noise and muffled, mundane chatter. Despite the unwelcome company, Momentum is gorgeously desolate. One must admire the restraint the duo commands, elegantly and perversely amplifying its ghastliness.


July 17, 2013

Of course Sindre Bjerga needs hardly an introduction, I would think. He's in the pages of this weekly a lot, either with new releases, or with touring information (which part of the world didn't he travel?), who works here with Robert Skrzynski. He works with "no-input mixing board, old VHS tapes, classic analogues and field recordings" and has had releases on Already Dead and Amplified Music Pollution. He also designs covers for labels such as Monotype and Bocian. The two of them already had a release on Aurora Borealis and now there is 'Momentum'. There is no indication as such on the cover, but I strongly believe this is the work of collaboration through mail. I am unaware of Skrzynski's output, but I wouldn't be surprised if he had the final say in this work, as it doesn't sound much like what I heard of Bjerga. Two long pieces, both almost thirty minutes, of highly minimal ambient music, with sparse in- and output of sounds and what seems a total absence of sound collage, Bjerga's more favored working methods. Two pieces slow liquid sound, which work very well on a slow day.