Quite a dark album. There's also tension, suspense, a sense of moving beauty and a vision all as one. Norwegian bassist Myhre who was on Nils Petter Molvær's fine album Buoyancy has guitarist Jo David Meyer Lysne, pianist Jana Anisimova, keyboardist Morten Qvenild and on the Iranian goblet drum the tombak, a significant part of the sound in places, Kaveh Mahmudiyan, among the personnel. Compositions are by Myhre. The album uses spoken word text from Raymond Carver's 'I Could See the Smallest Things' one sign of an auteur's touch at play and not at all clunkily deployed. Head to 'Cynosure' for a clue as to how Unheimlich Manoeuvre uses space to its advantage best of all without being clinical.
There is a middle-eastern texture, a tangential relationship to electronica (not a useful term really but there isn't one that's perfect as a catch-all) and jazz (ditto) although most listeners who come to this record will be from a progressively-open jazz listener background deep down. The solo arco bass lines at the beginning of 'Peril' and the bass throb at the get-go of 'Inner Relations' are highlights. And yet this is very much a wide compositional statement and long-play listen beyond the individual moments of, yes, bliss. The invasive slap and tingle of the pulsing 'Aviary' blow us away. Out on Friday