Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa
CD HMS 008
by Frans de Waard
Issue 548, October 17, 2006
On the same Helen Scarsdale Agency label the second collaboration
between B.J. Nilsen and Stillupsteypa. One perhaps wondered if the
latter were still around, because the last thing we heard was the
previous work with Nilsen (see Vital Weekly 460) and again alcohol
abuse in the Scandinavian territory is the main theme here. It's a
firm continuation of the previous album. Using field recordings...
and far away from the last thing we heard from Stillupsteypa (which
was close to being a disco band). A winter landscape, frozen roads,
empty swirling through a desolate country is what is on this album.
They captured the stale wind and put it to music. If the term Isolationist
music hadn't been invented before, it should be done for this album.
Droning landscapes, quietly humming, and even at times using a faint
trace of a melody, such as in "Undir Ahrifum/Sunderlaus"
(all credits are in Swedish and Icelandic - two entirely different
languages) with something that might very well a guitar. And sometimes
it seems nothing is happening at all, such a breeze, such as in "Supbröder/Drykkjufelagar,"
humming quietly. This album is a great one, excellently produced,
but perhaps not holding something that is entirely new to the world
of electronic music, but rather carries on a tradition, which sometimes
is fair enough.