NME: 'on a mission to rip your inner ear apart'..
Lasse Marhaug and John Hegre have since 1998 produced their own brand of northern electronica-glitch-lowercase-noise music under the name Jazzkammer.
The duo combines everything from location recordings and sine waves to turntabelism and guitar freak-outs in their music. Not caring much for the limited world of melody or rhythm, the Jazzkammer experience is all about texture, pulse and timbres.
2001 was The Year of Loud for Jazzkammer, with the remix project Rolex (with mixes by Reynols, Thurston Moore, Francisco Lopez, Zbigniew Karkowski and others) and the Live at Molde International Jazz Festival collaboration live album with Japanese noise-god Merzbow.
NME described Jazzkammer as on a mission to rip your inner ear apart, but that the music was oddly exhilerating.
But this year, Smalltown Supersound release Pancakes; and here John and Lasse expose the more quiet side of their soundworld. Its still clicks, drones and digital mayhem, but on a more gentle level. Layers of soft noise slowly mutates and unfolds into different abstract soundscapes, creating a feeling of cinema.
For maximum enjoyment, eat one pancake for each of the CDs seven tracks. (Jazzkammer recommends maple syrup, but this is a matter of taste).
Check the Smalltown Supersound pages.