Rasmus B. Lunding

Fluorescent

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There are strange albums of electronica and then there are strange albums of electronica. Fluorescent belongs the second category. Rasmus B. Lunding, from Denmark, likes to be referred to as an "electro-acoustic improviser." Australia's Philip Samartzis prefers the tag "sound artist." The result of their collaboration puzzles both the mind and the dictionary. The music sounds improvised or maybe born in improvisation and reassembled in the studio, but free improv this is not. Yet, the computer processing doesn't hold on to the spotlight either, making Fluorescent an awkward, highly original hybrid. Bits of electric guitar surface in many of these 11 short pieces, along with field recordings and electronics. Each track is sculpted like an electro-acoustic piece (sections with different moods and colors, a certain plasticity and spatiality of sound), but feels more raw and immediate. Because of the guitar's presence, one is tempted to think of Asmus Tietchens or Rafael Toral, but this music belongs to another realm, closer to labelmate Candlesnuffer. And don't let the techno leanings of "Øjet Giver Kødet Smag" fool you; it leaves almost as quickly as it came. Difficult and uncompromising, Fluorescent requires many listens in order to let the listener in. Even then, some questions as to the what, how, and why remain unanswered.

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