Genre/Influences: Experimental, Ambient, Cinematographic.
Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl.
Background/Info: Swedish musician Erik Jarl strikes back with a new opus, which is his fourth production released by Zoharum. Jarl already released an impressive number of works while Erik Jarl was previously also involved with renowned projects like IRM, Skin Area, Kaiten ao. The title of this work refers to a rare, but severe hearing disorder.
Content: “Hyperacusis” features 2 long duration tracks, each cut going over the 20 minutes. I experienced this album as a bit different to previous Jarl productions I heard. The composition sounds more minimal, still Dark-Ambient and yet taking some distance with previous works. Both cuts are carried by repetitive sequences. It’s an icy sonic environment, which at the second cut is accentuated by a kind of chainsaw loop.
+ + + : “Hyperacusis” sounds ominous, creating an intriguing effect. You feel a nearby danger, which especially on the second cut is masterly accentuated at the final part. The work has a visual strength and would be really interesting to rediscover by the addition of a real visual input like film, pictures ao. I also have to say a word about the sober, but cool digipak format while the concept of the work gave me the opportunity to know a bit more about hyperacusis.
– – – : Both tracks are repetitive, without touching ground with Trance so after a while it becomes a bit predictable and monotone.
Conclusion: This is not exactly the Jarl production I would advise to discover the artist.
Best songs: “Hyperacusis Part 2 – Frequency Colour Second Degree”.