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The Virus Album

by Viirus

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Pox 03:37
Picorna 04:04
Flo 01:08
Paramyxo 02:58
Favi 05:41
Toga 01:07
Ortomyxo 07:03
Calici 02:20
Papova 02:57
Arbo 01:21
Adeno 04:34
Reo 02:59
Rhabdo 04:16



Though a relatively young label, Klanggold has to date issued challenging material and Viirus’s The Virus Album is no exception. On the forty-four minute collection’s thirteen pieces, Daniel Älgå (saxophones, clarinet, melodica, Nord Modular, NoiceSwash, electronics) and Pontus Torstensson (drums, percussion, electronics) succinctly fuse jazz with electronics in bold and experimental fashion. A grab bag of improvs and more carefully structured pieces (“Paramyxo”), a typical Viirus piece features spirited, free drum and sax playing accompanied by atmospheric electronic effects and patterns. Ruminative (“Picoma”), rambunctious (“Filo”), and even raucous (“Flavi”), Viirus proves itself capable of navigating multiple stylistic contexts (including gamelan in “Papova”). Memorable pieces like “Arbo” place Älgå’s soprano sax front and center (multi-tracked in “Calici,” he sounds like the World Saxophone Quartet with a laptop improviser sitting in) though the album’s spaciest moments arrive during the haunted “Ortomyxo” where high-pitched scrapes rub shoulders with a ghostly saxophone as an electronic corpse is dragged across the floor. At day’s end, however, “Adeno,” a standout ballad setting for tenor sax, percussion, and electronics, shows that restraint can be just as effective a strategy.


Obwohl es sich um ein relativ junges Label handelt, hat Klanggold bereits jetzt ein herausforderndes Material zusammengestellt, das neueste Album Viirus- „The Virus Album“ stellt dabei keine Ausnahme dar. Daniel Älga (Saxophon, Klarinette, Melodika, Nord Modular, Noice Swash, Elektronik) und Pontus Torstensson (Schlagzeug, Percussion, Elektronik) vereinigen kurz und bündig Jazz mit Elektronik in kühner und experimenteller Art und Weise. Ein Sack voller Improvisationen und vorsichtig strukturiertere Stücke („Paramyxo“), ein typisches Viirusstück beinhaltet das lebhafte, freie Spiel von Schlagzeug und Saxophon begleitet von atmosphärischen elektronischen Effekten und Patterns. Das Nachdenkliche („Picorna“), das wilde („Filo“), und sogar das raue („Flavi“) eröffnen dem Hörer das Klangspektrum von Viirus. Das Duo ist durchaus in der Lage die vielfältigen stilistischen Kontexte zu lenken. Unvergessliche Stücke wie „Arbo“ setzen Älga’s Sopransaxophon vorn und mittig ( Multi-Track „Calici“, es klingt wie ein Saxophonquartett in dem ein Laptopimprovisationskünstler sitzt). Wie auch immer, am Ende des Tages, „Adeno“, eine herausragende Ballade für Tenorsaxophon, Percussion und Elektronik, zeigt, dass Zurückhaltung ebenso eine effektive Strategie sein kann.


released March 7, 2008


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Klanggold Munich, Germany

We started in 2006. Mostly our music is experimental in nature, which draws its influences from many genres. Sound art in general. Rather, we set ourselves the goal of releasing interesting music. This can also strike across the board and not be so catchy. That is exactly what defines an acoustic art work. You should give it time to develop. Discover new things in sound. That's what we stand for. ... more

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