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5.0 out of 5 stars Closest thing to Khmer in NPM's career, 14 April 2014
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Big pounding percussions are back with a vengeance!

You can argue that this is a bit of a u-turn in Nils Petter Molvaer's career as he delivers an album that closely resembles his ECM production (particularly Khmer) but I do not have a problem with this choice as Khmer is in fact my favourite NPM album and this new one is great too.
The Kit, Strange Pillows and other tracks are strongly percussion-driven but there is room for some softer tracks too.
The slide guitar that he mentioned in interviews as being a new discovery had me a little worried because it did sound like a strange addition to his sound palette but it doesn't really alter the overall musical landscape.

So in short if you like Khmer and Solid Ether this will be right up your street.

Instead If you have never heard of NPM before then the usual references to Miles Davis, Jon Hassell, etc apply, but seriously who can play a trumpet without getting those names mentioned in reviews. Imagine Jon Hassell on steroids with a hugh dose of dancefloor beats and you get an idea of what music we are talking about here.

Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miles meets Massive Attack and goes for a drink with Daniel Lanois, 20 Aug 2014
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As noted by other reviewers, this is reminiscent of Khmer.

I described Khmer as Miles Davis meets Massive Attack (Mezzanine era, although Khmer was out before Mezzanine), and Switch fits with that template, but with some added Daniel Lanois in the various guitars...

Personally I like what the different flavours of guitar (pedal steel, resonator, baritone and the sitar/guitar "Shankar" guitar) add to the textures of the music along with the varied percussion.

Excellent stuff!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid base but lose the steel guitar!, 6 Jun 2014
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A slightly softer take compared to some of the latest NPM albums but still a fine addition to the work. He is no stranger to more experimental electronic sounds, saw him playing with Biosphere, as an example so not sure why so much steel guitar. Had me reaching for the floral and garland at one point!
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5.0 out of 5 stars His best since Solid Ether, 10 Aug 2014
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This is a great album! The slide guitar beautifully complementing Molvaer pulsing trumpet - his best since Solid Ether and Khmer
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