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Assembling a wide range of percussive instruments accumulated through world travels, from Korean gongs to scrap metal sheets from Ethiopia, Paal Nilssen-Love presents an intense and wide-ranging solo percussion tour-de-force, recorded in Oslo by frequent collaborator Lasse Marhaug.

Nilssen-Love, Paal
News From the Junkyard [VINYL]

Nilssen-Love, Paal: News From the Junkyard [VINYL] (PNL)

Label: PNL    
Released in: Norway    

"Norwegian drummer and percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love is one of the most prolific and hard-working musicians in the field of free-jazz, improvised and experimental music of the last 20 years. With his numerous collaborations, projects and band constellations he spends most of the year on the road, and the few days at home running his PNL Records label and organizing two music festivals. His discography is immense and displays an artist intent on documenting his activities, allowing listeners to follow his development.

Now a new current in this discography is starting to appear: the solo. Previous solo recordings have been caught-in-the-moment live performances, like Sticks and Stones (2001), 27 Years Later (2005) and Miro (2010). In 2014 there was a shift in this approach with Cut and Bleed - which not only was a studio recording made at home in his apartment in Oslo, but also saw Nilssen-Love completely step out of his sonic fortress: the drum set. The set was replaced with a wide range of percussive instruments he had accumulated across the world throughout his travels, from Korean gongs to scrap metal sheets from Ethiopia - and everything in between.

If Cut and Bleed was the raw beginning of his new approach to solo percussion, with News From The Junk Yard it comes into full effect. Recorded and produced by noise musician and frequent collaborator Lasse Marhaug at his studio in Oslo, News From The Junk Yard is an incredibly intense album, with Nilssen-Love pushing the physical limits of his playing to the absolute threshold. Despite there being no overdubs or in-track editing the album is so sonically dense it at times resembles the music of noise artists like Merzbow, The New Blockaders and Organum - but the recording also reveals his interest in world music like Indonesian gamelan and Ghana gahu music."-PNL

"Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love is one of the busiest musicians in our galaxy, performing about 200 to 250 performances a year. His playing is often characterized by an amazing level of energy and intensity, but ironically such description of his work misses a large part of his art. Nilssen-Love always has been a sonic explorer, always challenging himself to find new ways of expressing his art and developing new sonic ideas, through new collaborators, free improvised formats and eventually also through solo drums sets.

News from the Junk Yard is his fifth solo drums album, following Sticks & Stones, recorded at the Sofienberg Church in Oslo in 2001 (Sofa Music, 2001); the live recordings of 27 Years Later, recorded at the Molde Jazz Festival in 2012 (released as cdr by Utech Records, 2005, re-released by PNL, 2010), and Miro, recorded at the at Foundació Joan Miró, Barcelona in 2008 (PNL, 2010), and the home recording of Cut & Bleed (iDEAL Recordings, 2014), introducing for the first time the wide range of percussive instruments he had accumulated across the world throughout his travels, from Korean gongs to scrap metal sheets from Ethiopia, later featured also in his power trio The Thing latest Shake! (The Thing/Trost, 2015).

News from the Junk Yard was recorded at the studio of Nilssen-Love frequent collaborator, noise master Lasse Marhaug, and continues to explore the sonic possibilities of Nilssen-Love collection of instruments, first featured on Cut & Bleed, now adding instruments from Indonesia and Ghana. This recording avoids any sort of powerhouse drumming as explored on 27 Years Later or Miro, still it is a very intense one.

Nilssen-Love creates dense percussive textures, often morphing his colorful assortments of metallic and wooden instruments into an abstract, otherworldly sound art, but with a remarkable command and focus. “Don’t Mess with Texa” stress how far he can transform the sounds of percussive instruments from the Far East into nuanced yet nervous drone that searches different degrees of resonance and reverberation, forming a lasting accumulating effect. “Agg” and “Rec Re” discover the sounds of the skins when pressured and manipulated in diverse manners, sounding now as weird, abstract noises, bringing to mind the manic noises of Japanese Merzbow or the sound artistry of David Jackman, aka Organum. “Laces” builds a multi-layered meditative and atmospheric net of tones and overtones out of clashes of gongs, cymbals, and other metal instruments. The last piece, “Oots”, is the only one that revolves around a playful theme, still, taking the percussive, resonant play with sounds into its intense, extreme terrains.

Highly impressive."-Eyal Hareuveni, Free Jazz Blog

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UPC: 7090030360314

Label: PNL
Catalog ID: PNL031
Squidco Product Code: 22042

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Norway
Packaging: LP
Recorded at the Best Studio in Oslo, Norway, in 2015.


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Track Listing:


1. Ens Oots 07:28

2. Don't mess with Texa 10:23


1. agg 02:39

2. Rec re 01:33

3. The t joe m 01:02

4. Laces 04:02

5. Oots 07:18