Mournful and bleak, powerfully effective solo trumpet begins 'Nearly Invisible Stitches' the latest from Norwegian innovator Nils Petter Molvær, a certain counterpoint building up further on with bass guitarist Jo Berger Myhre in a production swirl of cloudy electronic texture, drummer Erland Dahlen softly and achingly keeping time while the pedal steel guitar of Johan Lindstrøm later takes the piece in an Americana direction before a further switch and a more driving beat from Dahlen envelops to usher eventually into NPM changing the texture of his trumpet for the sound to become more metallic and intense.
Drawn from Stitches (a 27 August release on Modern) a collaboration with Dahlen, Myhre and guitarist Johan Lindstrøm, recorded partly at Ocean on Giske, a residential studio that marlbank visited back in 2013 when NPM showed us around, the album includes 3 pieces from 'Frameworks' a 2021 Kongsberg Jazz Festival commission and a version of Radiohead’s ballad 'True Love Waits' a song that dates back to the mid-1990s issued on live album I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings in 2001 and later the last track on A Moon Shaped Pool (2016). NPM is gigging this summer with Myhre and Dahlen.
Nils Petter Molvær, top. Photo: Modern