Released just a few months after Memory, En Landsoldats Dagbog -- Et Ar Af Hans Liv (The Diary of a Volunteer -- A Year in His Life) is another song cycle, but it couldn't be more different than its older sibling. The title comes from the diary of Danish painter J. Th. Lundbye, but for this work the composer has selected an excerpt covering only seven days. The texts depict the journey in detached, uninvolved sentences and frankly hold little interest (unless they lost most of their essence in the English translations provided in the booklet). Tenor Niels Pihl interprets them. The pathos in his operatic delivery contrasts heavily with the neutral words. Hojmark wrote twisted melodies filled with dissonances, sustained notes, and races against the narrative meter (or absence of). It is labored. The music consists of sampler compositions. Source sounds are all taken from At the Gallery, one of Hojmark's previous albums. The pieces vary from dislocated contemporary classical to badly looped experimental techno. In some occasions, melody and accompaniment hardly seem to be related (in "Sondag 26/6, Middag," for instance). The warmth, appeal, and multi-level meanings that enriched Memory are nowhere to be found in this cold work.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture