Friday, March 21, 2008

Skyphone - Avellaneda (Rune Grammofon)

A Copenhagen based group of friends, Keld Dam Schmidt, Thomas Holst and Mads Bødker, make up an electronic trio known as Skyphone. Avellaneda is their second release on Rune Grammofon, mostly a Norwegian roster label. Skyphone, on the other hand, is a the forefront of Danish electronic music scene, with similar groups like Efterklang and Under Byen. Skyphone tends to stay clear of post-rock, and instead uses acoustic instruments with electronic treatments to create a home listening genre perfect for the headphones. As the album progresses, it recedes into a lullaby of electro-acoustic, experimental and ambient sound, that isn’t shy of revealing performer’s breathing to grasp the listener closer to home. Listening to Avellaneda, I feel like I’m eavesdropping in a back room of a secret factory, where unimaginable instruments metamorphose from electronic into metallic, and vice versa in the hands of skillful sound-smiths. Avellaneda is a solid sophomore follow up to Skyphone’s first release, Fabula, that captured my attention back in 2004. Be sure to also check out Skyphone’s remix of Port-Royal’s Spetsnaz on Flared Up remix project out on Resonant in May 2008. I place Skyphone alongside Fennez, Julien Neto, Boards of Canada, Dictaphone, and Xela. |

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