Jasper TX, the project of Swedish multi-instrumentalist Dag Rosenqvist, crafted shimmering instrumental textural slo-core drenched in lo-fi hissing, crackling, rattling ambience, starting with
I'll Be Long Gone Before My Light Reaches You (Lampse, 2005).
1 Blown Out To Sea, I'm Never Coming Back 9:53
2 Braille 5:03
3 Letting Go (The World Is Coming To An End) 10:22
4 Help Them Die 4:14
5 Rounds 3:52
6 My Heart Is Broken, I've Lost My Way 9:28
7 All Those Broken Birds Singing Winter Into Spring
His art reached maturity on A Darkness (Lidar Productions, 2007).
A few pieces are outright lyrical despite the surgical process employed to
Better Days To Come juxtaposes a lullaby for acoustic guitar and a
buzzing electronic signal, with the latter winning the duel.
Destroy Detroit sets in motion a terrifying tsunami
a` la Gordon Mumma, but then unlocks the
city chaos that it was imprisoned in it, and the result is a gentle melodic
duet for guitar and keyboards.
A simpler approach leads to the dejected elegy of
Winter/Midnight/Suicide, worthy of an Ennio Morricone soundtrack.
At the other end of the spectrum, the 14-minute
Nightbirds begins with white noise and statics. The various strands
get unified in a sleep, sharp drone that drifts in empty space until alien
noises take over. The dialogue of these creatures is a mini-concerto of
electroacoustic music in itself.
The 21-minute Some Things Broken Some Things Lost is the crowning
achievement of the album: a dark sensuous drone slowly unravels
until it emanates waves of light; specks of sonic dust coalesce into a new
stately drone that acquires cosmic proportions; a serene cascading melody
is plucked on one guitar against another guitar's counterpoint with
The dark, cryptic and hypnotic six-movement Black Sleep (Miasmah, 2008)
begins with stately ambient drones that slowly decompose into dirtier drones.
An acoustic guitar intones a simple melody but is soon swallowed into a
black hole of pure shapeless noise. A subtle radiation resurrects the
guitar melody but it's only an illusion. Abruptly interrupted, the music
sinks again in a swamp of unstable drones. A dominant drone eventually
emerges and gets louder and deeper. This turns into a chaotic festival of
metallic sounds, like a symphony of ticking clocks. An organ-like drone
leads the concrete poem to a mournful conclusion.
In A Cool Monsoon (Pumpkin Seeds In The Sand, 2007) collects recordings of 2003-07.
The deluge of recordings continued with:
the six-song EP Closet Ghosts (Fenetre, 2009),
the album Singing Stones (Fang Bomb, 2009), containing Stillness
and Into The Sea,
and The Bending Of Light (SMTG Limited, 2009), a split with Anduin
(Jonathan Lee of Souvenir's Young America).
The Bending Of Light (2009) was another collaboration between Anduin and Jasper TX.
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