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Light Extracts [CD]

Eivind Aarset Audio CD
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The renowned Norwegian guitarist – who has previously contributed to ECM recordings with Nils Petter Molvær, Marilyn Mazur, Arve Henriksen, Andy Sheppard, Arild Andersen and Jon Hassell – with a first leader disc for the label, recorded in Kristiansand and Oslo. Dream Logic is aptly named, its slowly developing drifting pieces, built up from layers of guitars, have an almost ... Read more in Amazon's Eivind Aarset Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Feb 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jazzland
  • ASIN: B00005QTRE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. The String Thing 7:40Album Only
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BBC Review

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but in this case it's inevitable. You're faced with a vision of subterranean neon lit architecture embraced by subtle digital shading from grey to white. Very cool, very Scandinavian. But before you run off muttering stuff about "icy fjords" under your breath, remember that every once in a while you do find that perfect opus that combines cool with warm, chic with groovy and, dare I say it, jazz with new. For this is no ice-locked stately ship of sorrows, but a vibrant arctic blizzard, bursting with flurries of sonic invention.

Aarset's Electronique Noire have taken up the baton passed by fellow artists such as Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Petter Molvær and others involved in the Norwegian jazz electronica underground. The results are stunning. Stylistically this album sits nearer to Molvaer'srecent attempts at fusing Drum'n'Bass with Hasselesque tone poems, than to Aarset's last outing: the eponymous Electronique Noir. The more Milesian fusion tendencies and heavy rock histrionics have been almost entirely exorcised in favour of forms that fit more snugly into the amorphous world of today's electronic pioneers. As Molvaer's Solid Ether (which featured Aarset) proved last year, jazz of the ECM school could break out of its polite restraints and plug itself into something more contemporary. This album, on Wesseltoft's Jazzland imprint, carries that promise to the next level. Breakbeats collide with glitchy little loops and every once in a while the whole thing erupts with a sonic squall to equal the most intense Ornette or Miles. "Self Defence" sounds like digital warfare, and "ffwd/slow motion" shows you where Roni Size would be today if he had a true jazzer's sense of dynamics.

Like Electronique Noire, there remains a sense of 21st century alienation and despair in these grooves, with their clattering rhythm and ominous bass clarinet interjections (from Hans Ulrik); but these are always matched by an aching harmonic beauty. The opener "Emphatic Guitar" with its gently pulsing chord figure has an almost somnambulant vibe, gently cross-fading into the skittish "Wolf Extract", wherein Aarset, having lulled you into a false sense of security proceeds to connect you to a world where nothing sleeps and time zones melt into the ether. Arabic drones mix with junglist rhythms while Aarset rarely takes a solo where a denser wash of noise will do just as well. His tones vary from sheets of fiery pain to Hank Marvin-inspired twang in the space of one number ("String Thing").

This is true music for airports, motorways and car parks: edgy, with a sense of utterly modern momentum that propels you to the calm finality of the closer "Tunnel Church". Peace is finally attained: But at what price? Aarset asks so many questions within the space of eight tracks, that you cannot help but feel as though the answers will be a long time coming. This is not comfortable listening, but you will find a comfort of sorts within its glacial heart. Mesmerising.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Broody, North European, Desolate and Haunting 25 Dec 2002
By Mr. Nadim Bakhshov VINE VOICE
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A much anticipated follow up to the eponymous Electronique Noire. The music is dark, icy and at times buried in an impenetrable fog. But it works in a strange way. It does not reach out to you but asks you to draw closer, to quieten the surroundings and listen carefully.
I think it works and Aarset has a unique guitar talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning ! 28 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
Aarset is no ordinary guitar player- you don't hear many guitarists in this world making the kind of sounds he gets out of his electric guitar. If you are a fan of Nils Peter Molvaer then you should investigate this album without fail. One track even has the trumpet genius as guest. Be warned though- there is a track towards the end of the album that sounds like the very end of the world itself- 4 minutes or so of extreme noise! I love it- makes the last tracks sound like you've died and gone to heaven!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 8 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
I heard Eivind playing on a Bendik Hofseth album recently & realised that his electronic sound was similar to David Torn (who has performed some of my favourite music ie Clouds About Mercury & with Bruford/Levin on BLUE).

Light Extracts confirms his style and sound to be a mixture of Torn & Terje Rypdal in a more modern soundscape. The range of sound throughout is exceptional & kept my attention (which is not easy).

This is without doubt one of the most interesting albums I have heard in years. I love it & will be buying more from this gifted musician.

If you are a fan of Torn / Rypdal / Bruford Levin or Fripp & Eno /Fripps Soundscapes you should give this album a listen. If you like 1000mph or flash guitar playing then you may not relate to the texture & depth of sound on this outstanding album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy jazz 28 Dec 2008
By Kactus Kong - Published on
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Norwegian Guitarist Eivind Aarset works in some intriguing guitar on this instrumental electronic-jazz release on Jazzland. Other typical jazz instruments weave in and out of tracks like Nils Peter Molvaer on trumpet (track 8), sax, live drums, and stand up bass (track 3). The overall mood is one of snow and mystery with darkness all around. It's got a sex appeal to it that might turn off an average listener who could possibly label tracks porn music. If you are one of them, then track 7, Self Defence should change your mind as it's an acid jazz noise hardcore beat. Aarset's sound is very similar to electronic jazz artist David Torn. The textures created by the guitar are slow and flow like water over jazz bass lines. The tracks compositionally create very different moods with electronic music being the only common element. Slow movements of air and light touch playing on all instruments cut out the higher frequencies and deliver a relaxing sound that the cool jazz era established.

-johnny darko (from noeyedbird)
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavier, darker than Terje Rypdal 8 Sep 2011
By Chris Shenton - Published on
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Just heard "String Thing" on, O.M.G.! WTF is that? Heavy, intense. Is it Rock? Jazz? Reminded me of some of Terje Rypdal's work, only heavier and darker. Must have it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Controlled Beast! 17 April 2006
By vivek savant - Published on
Format:Audio CD
"Light Extracts" - Live drum-n-bass, and textured guitars create some massive grooves that perfectly reside alongside those typical Scandinavian cold, rattling rhythms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous combination of Jazz and dance 27 July 2002
By Robert - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Aarset has made a brilliant CD that combines jazz rhythms with slow, heavy dancebeats. The tunes are catchy. His guitarriffs (both bass and guitar)are laid-back but intense. Great stuff
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