MYYTHS – TYSTNAD

There are slight variations on the theme; but you know, it’s temporary, and we’re back to dragging the sonic stone round a Piranesi-like landscape.

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My word this is great. A never-ending, funereal march that just does not stop, or break its leaden pace or monolithic solemnity at any point.  At ALL. Ever.  And it’s a brilliant listen because of its patience and utter pig headedness.

At no point does this record look to please. I think this 7 track LP uses about 3 chords in one scale, and a truckload of atmospheric, weeping synths and noises. There are slight variations on the theme; Hjärta comes on like a long lost Ruth White track and Haze has a moment when the music looks up to a different vista , whereas Whirl sounds like some kind of sacrificial rite; but you know, it’s temporary, and we’re back to dragging the sonic stone round a Piranesi-like landscape.

Incredibly the music has enough about it to be very much of a pattern (I hope I’ve made that clear in this review at least) and provide different and distinct refractions from this dark prism. A very tactile release, you can feel the water dripping in Tide and the slow undulating grind of the carriage wheels in Rise. The way Haze ends, on these long foghorn blasts, is great too. The best track, Tystnad is a marvellously gruelling plod; the soundscape conjures up a vast hangar lit by a single bulb and you’re sat in its corner, shivering, and waiting for a procession of Wights to bring the body of their fallen leader to the ceremonial slab. It’s ridiculously portentous stuff and fabulously slow to boot, but a very accessible lament; a sort of Siouxsie and the Banshees track (e.g. Happy House) played at 7 RPM.  

It’s very very good indeed. But Pinky & Perky it ain’t. Got that?