2004 Atak CD
7. (for andrew mckenzie - takk takk fyrir)
8. (for andrew mckenzie - takk takk fyrir)
13. (for vindva mei - bless / hallo)
The third original album from ATAK is at once the first by a non-Japanese artist. Originally an Icelandic garage band, Stilluppsteypa have been distributing an original blend of their punk roots and minimal electronic music through various labels. After a first appearance at ATAK on the 60 Sound Arists Against The War compilation, a full album on the label comes rather surprising. The combo's freakish attire and unpredictable style mix do seem to go well with ATAK's reputable minimalism and monochromatic simplicity in sound, design, and album titles. The music here ranges in fact from what may have been recorded during street performances in Paris, via easy-listening kind of melodies, to aggressive experimentation in the darker spheres of electronica. Closing with a 23 minute-long sound art piece, this is the most eventful ATAK release to date. The contrasts between the images of musicians and label, and between acoustic and optical presentation add to it a nicely ambiguous element that might open new doors to ATAK.