BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa
Passing Out
CD HMS 013


The Wire
Issue 292, June 2008
by Sam Davies


Stilluppsteypa are Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson and Helgi Thorsson, and this is the third thime they've collaborated with BJ Nilsen for a Helen Scarsdale release. Perhapas they've missed the dynamics of working as a trio ever since Heimir Bjorgulffson departed. Passing Out consiste of one dauntingly massive track, "Scandinavian Tourist," though respite arrives in the form of the odd disapperances into total silence. A cursory listen would put Passing Out into the nebulous zone of post-Industrial electrtonica, with its slow roar of static and the sense of menace created by the garbled voice-like sounds that hide away in its murk. But as it modulates from drone to tone, occasional unexpected outbreaks make for a more unclassifiable listen -- never more so than when a glorious synth arpeggio pirouettes through the mix nearly 50 minutes in.