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AMFJ: Bæn

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Published November 28, 2011

‘Útburður Umskiptingur’ is a cracking opener: for nearly a minute you’ll be turning the volume up and up to try and hear anything and then cursing the couple next door for letting their baby cry whilst you’re trying to listen to some art sonics, goddamnit. Hang on though, that’s the track. Or is it a sheep being tortured? No matter. It’s musique concrete and it’s loopfully unsettling. And anyway, sheep are shit and deserve it.
Retoría, meanwhile, sounds like listening to your neighbours on the other side, who are daleks, reciting Hitler’s speeches, and the title track features Cybermen wandering around a muffled grain silo only stopping to ejaculate every so often until a pipe organ falls over just before the end. ‘Lofun’ is a masterwork of ultra-minimalism, however, and the spatial, plainsong-niffy wonkiness of ‘Húsið Andar’ is joyously delivered.

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