Benny Nilsen's bleakly beautiful Morthound albums helped to define the post-industrial palette of Sweden's Cold Meat Industry label. Nilsen's more experimental Hazard recordings expand upon the stark synth atmospheres of Morthound with field recordings and noisier, overtly electronic elements.
WOOD, the CD component of a limited release that also includes the BRIDGE/FIELD LP, incorporates sounds culled from cellulose and woodland field recordings into layers of sculpted electronic drone. Throughout the arresting and accomplished WOOD, Nilsen artfully imposes incident upon environmental ambience. Processed samples infuse the wintry, nearly subliminal melodies of "Cut Out/Replay" with naturalistic texture and grain. The opposite is true of "Location South" and "Cords and Branches," where the stilled soundscape of a deep-forest marsh is rendered surreal by the addition of metallic rustlings, scrapes, and ominous, distant-thunder electronics. "Fibre Test" and "The Logfire" offset the quiescent, Terry Riley-like mantric minimalism of "Pylons" with Hazard-ous sonic suggestions of conflagration and calamity.