Duo Kanel

Livsopplevende Dikt

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Duo Kanel's follow-up to the TV5 LP Bra Ting is an even stranger album, despite a less extreme or overtly confrontational music. This time around, Sindre Andersen and Ansten Klev have constructed their noise improvisations and sound collages over a short poem printed in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. Allegedly written by children, the absurd lines become titles for the seven tracks. Furthermore, this micro-label release is hand-packaged with children drawings, enhancing the relation between the album-as-art-product and its poetic origins -- unless it's all a hoax and the pair wrote the poem and somehow managed to have it published. In any case, and even though snippets of Scandinavian nursery rhymes pop up here and there, Livsopplevende Dikt is not a childrens album! Duo Kanel blend acoustic guitar, electric bass, light percussion, crude sampling (from turntables and tape recorders), and noisy lo-fi electronics to create strange pieces somewhere between playful bedroom experiments and something more. The "more" happens in the first four tracks. There the listener is presented with a constantly puzzling but captivating stream of sounds. Voices occasionally appear to speak up the words of the poem and the improvisations are embedded in twisted sound collages. The album looses its momentum in "1, 2, 3 ABC," itself an interesting but overlong duet between guitar and bass. "Du Dur Dur Du Du På Fotball Kamp," a long Krautrock-ish jam, never takes off. Without the twists and turns of the first half or the brevity that characterized the tracks on Bra Ting, these 18 minutes of music turn out to be quite boring. Luckily, the closing "Siri Og Victoria," an Art Zoyd-like piano piece polluted by harsh noise, throws a final punch.

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