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Moha! Norwegianism Review

Album. Released 2007.  

BBC Review

Norwegian noise, like a breath of fresh fjord air. This duo really know how to play...

Chris Jones 2007

Run away pop kids, crazy free improv noiseniks Moha! are back! Thank the lord…

Taking it upon themselves to resurrect the true spirit of out-there extemporising, this is, like their last masterpiece, Raus Aus Stavanger, a wonderfully refreshing blast of high-density electronic squall, explosive drumming and mind-bogglingly cosmic guitar strangling, courtesy of fret wizard, Anders Hana and drummer Morton Olsen. The trick to making this stuff so engaging (that’s right pop kids, I said engaging) is to create some kind of dialogue between the extremities. These bouts of Supercollider-minced sound rarely take a strictly abstract course. If you stick with it, there emerges a fascinating anti-pattern, filled with snatches of straight-ahead jazz and bubbling digits. Most importantly it’s delivered with a clarity of production that shows how much CARE actually goes into creating something that, on the surface, seems so chaotic.

The conversation between the two players also adds a much-needed layer of humour and warmth. There’s a very human heart beating (or flailing) at the heart of these snippets and skirmishes. Come back…it won’t bite (much).

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