BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa
Vikinga Brennivin
CD HMS 004

by Jefre Cantu Ledesma
Summer 2005

God damn, this is a beautiful record. Serious headphone drone from the land of ice and snow (BJ Nilsen hails from Sweden, Stilluppsteypa from Iceland). Music for floating ice sheets and melting glaciers. A heady mix of tectonic drones and distant forest clatter, with stones and twigs breaking under foot. The first track creates such a heavy space that it leaves an empty feeling in the room when it abruptly ends. The second follows suit, with a thick translucent haze, the consistency of melted glass, all gooey and hot. The final track is a journey into the Black Forrest at night filled with electronic bugs and ghost like wisps flying overhead. So put this on, lay down, turn down the lights a float down the river like a giant piece of broken off ice pack.