Genre/Influences: Psychedelic & apocalyptic-rock, ambient, experimental.
Content: “Werl” is characterized by a slow progression in structures and sound sculptures. The guitar playing has a real hypnotic feel, that brings you on a psychedelic voyage through imaginary spaces and later on revealing a darker and pure apocalyptic feeling.
The second disc sounds a bit more ambient-like. “Werl” doesn’t contain many sound layera, which reinforces the impact of each sound. There’s an experimental approach with the playing of the instruments. The guitar sometimes becomes a kind of effect resulting in a rather abstract sound.
+ + + : “Werl” makes me think of an experimental jam session between two musicians. It sounds improvised and yet characterized by a real structure leading towards a sound cataclysm. There are noticeable experimental treats running through this opus while I especially like the more ambient side of the work like “Werl VI”.
– – – : The experimental aspect of the work is not exactly accessible for a wider audience. It definitely is an interesting concept, but not always that cohesive.
Conclusion: Aidan Baker & Tomas Järmyr realized a kind of modern and totally weird orchestra for guitar and drums. Both artiss operate more like sound surgeons instead of musicians, which will appeal to experimental freaks.
Best songs: “Werl VI”, “Werl I”.