Enavomi: Vinden Blåser Bakåt

Ample clues hint at what the 28-minute EP Vinden Blåser Bakåt (The Wind is Blowing Backwards) sounds like, even before one hears it. Read backwards, the Enavomi moniker adopted by twenty-something Bror Tryggve Martin Lund is the sleeping tablet Imovane, intimating (correctly) that his music does anything but gently lull one to sleep. The inner sleeve lists the eight tracks as having been 'painted' by Lund, and sure enough the disc's unmetered, experimental abstractions exude a restlessly explorative feel (Lund embraces an unstructured approach that has much in common with the improvised traditions of free jazz). Finally, Lund constructed the unorthodox settings with not only synthesizer, violin, electric guitar, and bass but also 'Noise (white, pink, organic, analog, digital, bowed),' 'Voice (overtone, screams, digitally decapitated whistling),' and Jan Johanson's didgeridoo and 'Tetrahydrocannabinois.'

One shouldn't be too surprised, then, when a groaning didgeridoo, writhing like a dying elephant over a splintered base of static and shuffles, auspiciously initiates the recording with “Klangen Av Lyseblått II” (Reflections of Light Blue II). In the equally disturbed, almost nine-minute “Plystring” (Whistling), bright whistles pierce seething whorls of grimy blur amidst a field of squalling loops, grainy rumbles, and industrial washes. The album—welcomingly—segues into more delicate territory halfway through (in “Røde Punkter,” ambient billows of soft whistles and tones resound against cloudy smears of haze), at least until the scarred howls and grinding sputter of the blistered landscape “I Den Grå Tåka” (In the Gray Mist) appear. Balancing caustic noise with ambient delicacy, “Nt” allows some trace of a gentle melody to be heard amongst its creaks and scrapes. While the last song's title “La Kaos Få Kjøre” (Let Chaos Rule) might seem to describe Lund's aesthetic, there is some semblance of order at work for those listening attentively. Apparently the first of two EPs recorded by Lund between 2002-04, the lo-fi and sometimes brutal Vinden Blåser Bakåt is a journey that's far from easy yet an interesting ride nonetheless.

September 2005