Passive/Aggressive

The Empire Line – The Oslo report

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Reportage from The Empire Line, Varg, Croatian Amor, Vanity Productions at Blå, Oslo, 22.03.2018. Text and images by Cameron Pagett.

There is a river which runs through the heart of Oslo. Beginning in the mountains and trickling its way down from the Artic sea on the northern tip of our continent, past fjords and craggy peaks which carve the stocking shaped country’s landscape into an epic, serene and quiet place. The sun is out and snow covers most of the hilly and forested terrain as we begin our final approach into Oslo. The closer we get to land the more visible the open spaces cutting through the trees reveal themselves as ski slopes and the entire country begin’s to resemble one giant ski resort. It’s early afternoon when we land, and I am seated some way behind Posh Isolation founders Christian Stadsgaard and Loke Rahbek, who after a decade of releasing music out of a DIY-ethic in Copenhagen are now traveling with international acclaim. It’s my own first time in the country and for Stadsgaard his first in 11 years, and a first ever showcase here for Posh Isolation. After a brief rendezvous at a convenience market in the airport we separate without words to our lodging places beginning what would be an interesting evening in the last major city of the North. The sun is shining, the snow is melting and the river runs with momentum along the clean and well manicured banks before meeting the inner fjord on which the city stands. Somewhere near the end of the river is a brick building covered in graffiti named Blå. Now an establishment, and opened since 1998 this river-side, somewhat historic and unassuming space would be the host for our evening.

Children step into the train with ski’s and snow-suits (quite regular I hear) as I exit into the city centrum and head to my Airbnb. There are a few hours to spare before the show, and walking around feels like visiting an old friend in a new place. Passing the Nobel Prize house and the Museum for Surrealist Painter Edvard Munch, I get the idea that this place holds everything I have heard about but couldn’t locate from first-hand memory. Slinking atop a small table in the dark my Airbnb host who closely resembles an opiated railway worker from the 1800’s crossed with mid-life Gollum looks at me suspiciously when I arrive. After some convincing that it was me he was hosting, he asks me if I can just come back later because he is not ready. I am not too fond of the idea, and I am put in a made-over closet for the night. Luckily the bed isn’t half bad, and even though he won’t stop staring at me from his table-top perch by the corner near the door I feel happy that the night will soon begin. Oslo is a small city, smaller then Copenhagen, I am staying on the opposite end of the city from Blå and its only a 20 minute walk. Camera is in my backpack, time to move, it will be a tale of two or possibly an endless night. Læs resten

Rashad Becker & Croatian Amor – Into a surreal spacial continuum (live report)

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Live report from Rashad Becker and Croatian Amor, Proton, 16.02.2018 – Words and images by Cameron Pagett.

It’s super windy, my face is nearly numb and I am pedaling as hard as I can through another cold Copenhagen winter night. Normally my breathing wouldn’t be so hard, my effort not so severe and the numerous frigid tears falling from my eyes so many, but I am hurrying for a noble cause… I don’t want to be late to see Croatian Amor. It’s the first show from the exciting team at Proton in one of Copenhagen’s newest and most exciting venues “Alice”, and I don’t want to miss a second of it. I’m whipping my phone out of my pocket at every light to check the time, a train fiasco has put me on the verge of tardiness and I feel as if I risk frostbite akin to an Arctic explorer each time I expose bare skin to a -3 night. Læs resten

Soho Rezanejad – Længslens og harmens mange stemmer

Kritik January 19 2018

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Soho Rezanejad “Six Archetypes” (Silicone Records, 2018) – anmeldelse af Alexander Julin

Soho Rezanejad debuterede i 2015 med EP’en “Idolatry” på Silicone Records, som Rezanejad selv driver. Foruden et par mindre udgivelser, hvoraf seneste single, “Uplifter”, udkom på Janushoved sidste år, har Rezanejads stemme ellers figureret på bl.a. Croatian Amors album “Love Means Taking Action”  og Lust for Youths album “International”. Mens Rezanejad siden sin debut er blevet en fast del af Lust for Youth og har udgivet en række bånd på Janushoved med projektet Angeles, er “Six Archetypes” det første mere substantielle udspil i eget navn siden “Idolatry”. Læs resten

Årets udgivelser, koncerter m.m. (skribenternes lister)

Feature December 31 2016 Foto: Roland Tanglao/Flickr

Årets bedste udgivelser, koncerter m.v. ifølge redaktionen og øvrige skribenter med tilknytning til P/A. Læs resten

Croatian Amor – Melankoliens klare fremtræden og forløsning

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Croatian Amor “Love Means Taking Action” (Posh Isolation, 2016) – anmeldelse af Alexander Julin

Under navnet Croatian Amor har Loke Rahbek (Posh Isolation) en række udgivelser bag sig. Det var dog først i 2013, at jeg fik øjnene op for projektet i kraft af vinyltrykket af “Mercure” og i særdeleshed albummet “The World”. Med sit sælsomme og fremmedgørende udtryk tiltrak det min opmærksomhed som lytter, samtidig med at det vedligeholdt en form for distance. Selvom der ikke er tale om et decideret brud med det forhenværende udtryk i Croatian Amors musik, synes Rahbek med “Love Means Taking Action” om ikke andet at positionere sig mærkbart anderledes i forhold til projektets æstetiske udgangspunkt. På det netop udkomne album forkaster han de ellers ofte fremmedgørende elementer, der for nogle år tilbage var langt mere markante i hans musik. Læs resten

Croatian Amor – Soundtrack til menneskets underbevidsthed

Blog January 21 2014

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Af Alexander Julin

Loke Rahbek har med noget nær utallige projekter manifesteret sig som en af nutidens Danmarks mest produktive kunstnere. Sideløbende med sit virke som halvdelen af Københavner-institutionen Posh Isolation har Rahbek bl.a. spillet med og optrådt som del af Damien Dubrovnik, Lust for Youth, LR, Sexdrome og War/Vår, og inden for den seneste årrække har den unge multikunstner udviklet et univers under aliasset Croatian Amor, der kan betragtes som et musikalsk samlingspunkt for Rahbeks mange projekter. Således tegner Croatian Amor en rød tråd mellem de mere monotone noise-udskejelser samt den sfæriske synthesizerfanatisme, der ellers kom til udtryk i specielt de ældre udgivelser med War.

Efter en række båndudgivelser, hvoraf tre senere hen er blevet genudgivet på vinyl, er Croatian Amor nu aktuel med LP’en ”The World, der lydmæssigt befinder sig et sted mellem field recordings og simple, gentagende synthesizer-mønstre. Sangene bevæger sig uden nogen bestemt retning men folder sig i stedet stilsikkert ud som fantasifulde, uforudsigelige lydtapeter.

Om end sangmaterialet fremstår knap så improvisatorisk som nogle af Rahbeks noise-udgivelser føles sangenes slutninger utroligt bratte, hvilket dog på ingen måde skal forstås som en kritik. Pladen fungerer i dets seks numre lange spilletid som et tilsvarende antal drømme, hvor man ved hver sangs ophør føler en opvågning for blot at falde tilbage i dvale påny ved næste nummers opstart. “The World” er nær og menneskelig, men samtidig fjern og uhåndgribelig, og dermed et ideelt bud på et soundtrack til menneskets underbevidsthed. Læs resten