Alexander Rishaug

Possible Landscapes

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Modern ambient artists tend to come in two categories. The first are those obsessed with the lower register of human hearing, pushing out waves of aquatic dub through home and car subwoofers. The second are noise-nicks, pushing the upper register to an effect that can be grating as well as interesting. On his second album, Oslo based producer Alexander Rishaug dips his feet into both categories, opening with "The Mountain Song"'s high pitched multi-tones that criss-cross each other to calaphonic effect, while Cross Platform bubbles like a pool of hot tar flowing through rusty pipes. "Dual Appearance" and "Tatlic" precisely cut the source field recordings into a fine tapestry of static and tones decreasing into "My Favorite Place" which barely exist in the audible world. Never staying in one place for more than two adjacent tracks, Possible Landscapes remains engaging from beginning to end, calling out for appreciation by fans of Markus Popp and Pan Sonic. But while these predecessors have the tendency at times to become over-excited at their laptops, Rishaug plays it cool throughout, making for a sonic gaze that becomes softer as it progresses, yet never falls out of focus.

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