BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa
Drykkjuvisur Ohljodanna
CD HMS 008

The Wire
by Brian Marley
Issue 273, December 2006

Drykkjuvisur Ohljodanna is BJ Nilsen's second collaboration with Stilluppsteypa, the duo comprised of Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson and Helgi Thorsson. Like the first one, Vikinga Brennivinreleased in 1005 on Helen Scarsdale, the theme of Drykkjuvisur Ohljodanna is alcohol and its effects, though any periods of induced euphoria are tempered by hangovers, blackouts, and the nihilism of those who would drink themselves to death. The mechanistic rhythms and ice-crystal drones of the music, reminiscent of the recordings Nilsen has made under the sobriquet Hazard, are here roughened up and given an even more ominous slant by Stilluppsteypa, to very good effect.