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Closest thing to Khmer in NPM's career,
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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 huge dose of dancefloor beats and you get an idea of what music we are talking about here.