MIC's Listen to Norway series continues with Strønen / Storløkken's 'Humcrush'
Keyboardist Ståle Storløkken (of Supersilent fame) and drummer Thomas Strønen present nine studio improvisations on ‘Humcrush’ that have the purposeful compactness of premeditated compositions. ‘Humcrush’ recalls early 70s jazz fusion, offshoots of ‘Bitches Brew’ and Miles Davis’s assignment of more abstract investigations to his keyboard crew. Strønen and Storløkken present futuristic electro-jazz, mixing hyper electronics, bleats of analogue keyboards and skittering live drums to great effect. The two manage to take these varied influences and create a melange that, with a determination and sense of resolve, demonstrates how music can work on many levels. It is the sense of pulling ideas out of the ether and developing them into miniature pieces with an inner logic and sense of continuity that makes these nine improvisations so compelling.