Concert reviews

In Labour. Unsound festival, Krakow 2014

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“….Once we realized we were approaching the 5 a.m., we ran to our place in Kazimierz and passed out, excited for what would grace us on Saturday. That excitement never wavered, as sleep didn’t really happen. After eating toast and guzzling down instant coffee(s), we went to Laznia Nowa Theatre to see the massively stacked bill of Stine Janvin Motland, Pharmakon and Swans. With Unsound providing buses to the show—it was east of the central part of the city—this was a special event with a crowd that was already abuzz and packed out by 6:45 p.m. By 7, Stine Janvin Motland took to her post, but not onstage. The Norwegian artist had people in the crowd puzzled, wondering where she was throughout; even though she was behind the curtain, recording all our conversations—sampling, manipulating and singing over them to an impressive and wide reaction from the crowd. Some were appalled, some were curiously unnerved, while we were intrigued and impressed that Motland used us as part of her performance.”


In Labour. Cappelens Forslag, Oslo 2014

I was in Oslo for a couple of days last week and was able to attend the release concert of the two new Stine Janvin Motland albums (9th of May).One of them, “Labour” (Pica Disk, vinyl 2014), is already in the blog and I bought “OK, WOW!” (+3dB, CD 2014) too. While the “Labour” tracks are Motland doing vocal acrobatics to sampled sounds of the city, and different natural habitats, “OK, WOW!” is just vocals. Not a singalong album that one either, but as they say in Germany “Das ist anstrengend, zuweilen auch beim Hören, aber von einer bizarren Schönheit, die man so nirgendwo sonst findet”.They probably say that all the time, but still!Well, I usually stay away from outdoor concerts, but this one was OK (even if we couldn´t see the artist)! The concert was held in a packed and hot bookshop called “Cappelens Forslag” (well worth a visit!), and when the show was about to begin, Motland suddenly disappeared, transmitting the vocals from cold downtown Oslo, making it sound like the music on the “Labour” album.”OK, WOW!” is in a series called “Music for one” (first release: Kjetil Møster: “Blow Job” from 2011), and Morten J. Olsen and Hild Sofie Tafjord (of SPUNK fame) have also recorded solo albums for this series. I´m not sure if they are in the shops, but check out the +3dB site.The photos (even lousier than the usual ones):
– The first one: Stine Janvin Motland all smiles after the concert.
– The second one: Audience wondering; where the hell is she?And added value: The shocked pedestrians walking by the shop believing that a lot of people were staring at them through the windows!

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