Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa
CD HMS 008
by Roger Batty
Drykkjuvisur Ohljodanna is the second collaboration between
Swedish sound artist BJ Nilsen and Icelandic sound sculpture collective
Stilluppsteypa. It offers up six tracks of grim and macabre scarped
clean copse, industrial electronics mixed with psycho ambient traces,
to an very unsettling effect.
From the first track "Svefnlaus," the curtains are tightly
shut, the suns blacked out and you lowered into seething sewer of
disturbed, sour and barren tones -that dont let you up for clean air
or fresh light until the last track Skuggbild shudders out it's last
death sound rattle. This is the audio equivalent of coming across
a slack mouth corpse, or been awoken in a strange town deep in fog
were there seemly not another human life, only strange scuttling noises
and glimpse of deformed and dragging flesh. When I first heard this
it brought to mind in atmosphere and execution Akira Yamaoka soundtrack
for the first Silent Hill game - it really summons up the similar
feeling of been lost in dread heavey corridors of ther game, unshaw
what might sudden latch onto you out of the deep and damp darkness.
Or been aware of someone staring at you from decaying window above,
when you turn to look the curtain moves back in place. This is a slow
unwinding world of chattering and shivering electronics, and decaying
sound valleys of ominous terror.
A very satisfying and grim trip into dread laden harmonics and creeper
out grisly thigh bone electronics. Idea for midnight walks or creeping
ones self out.