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Agnes Hvizdalek, Guro Skumsnes Moe, Håvard Skaset, Utku Tavil

Juxtaposition II (Blitz Opposition) (Tape)

Label: School of the Arts

Format: Tape

Genre: Experimental

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Tip! *2022 Stock. In process of stocking.* A turbulent quartet of Oslo-based improvisers brings the house down with two voices, bass, guitar, and drums ⏤ RIYL free voice, skronk, jazz negativity, dub effects, Naked City and Painkiller.

Vocalist Agnes Hvizdalek delivers a unique form of glossolalia (think Monk, Eye, and animal sounds) backed up by noise-rock-influenced axe-grinders from the band MoE: Guro Skumsnes Moe herself on electric bass and voice and Håvard Skaset on guitar. Utku Tavil punctuates the madness with fierce drums and abrasive noisenik electronics. There is some studio trickery at play, too: strange cuts and edits, slapback echoes in the classic, much-loved here at School of the Arts dub fashion.

Juxtaposition II follows the earlier tape/CD on Norway’s Nakama Records, but if the first volume was subdued and nuanced, part two is quite the opposite at times: it’s a party, it’s a feast, but also a massacre. As the band themselves put it: “Laughter Slaughter.”

Details
Cat. number: SOTA133
Year: 2020
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Purple cassettes in clear cases, dubbed and assembled in Barcelona.
Covers printed on Risograph by Risiko Press in Antwerp, Belgium.
Each copy is unique and numbered by hand.
Unlimited edition.

Agnes Hvizdalek: voice
Guro S. Moe: electric bass, voice
Håvard Skaset: electric guitar
Utku Tavil: drums, electronics

Recorded by Bjørn Larsen at Blitz July 2nd, 2019.
Cut and mixed by Håvard Skaset at ConradSound.
Premastering by Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard at Flerbruket.
Mastered by Moa Pillar.
Photo by Paul-Simon Geddis.
Design by Ivan Zoloto.

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