Messell – The complex beauty of our communicative failures (interview)

March 21 2020

By Macon Holt “If no one fits in,” said Martin Messell to me in his studio in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, “then maybe we don’t have to worry about fitting in.” We were talking about the concept behind his first album under his surname as an artist’s moniker, “Ligesom Rigtige Mennesker”. In translation, the title has a certain ambiguity as it can mean either “just like ...

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Peter Voss-Knude – “Danish politics are the mother of this record”

Feature March 4 2020

Feature/Interview by Macon Holt “Danish politics are the mother of this record”, Peter Voss-Knude told me in a small cafe around the corner from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, where his new exhibition, “The Anti-Terror Album”, manifest both as an exhibition and a record, has just opened. He is of course referring both to recent policies that have seen threats of refugees having whatever ...

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Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn – Improvisation carefully avoiding the clichés

Kritik March 2 2020

Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn “Head¨Space” (Chant Records, 2020) – review by Giuseppe Pisano This record came as an unexpected surprise to me. Two very prolific Danish artists, Randi Pontoppidan and Christian Rønn, bring us a collaborative album that feels like a natural musical experience, maieutically emerging from some sort of metaphysical connection and then shared to the audience, rather than a planned out, structured album ...

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Alexander Holm – The Understated Sci-Fi of “GiVa1G”

Blog Kritik February 24 2020

Alexander Holm “GiVa1G” (Sensorisk Verden, 2019) – Review by Macon Holt Known for his work with Vid Edda, Group 4K, Young Bragi amongst others, the prolific Danish sound artist, Alexander Holm, released “GiVa1G” last year, the first album under his own name. “GiVa1G” is a high concept suite of pieces that draw much of their material from field recordings made on an expedition to ...

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Perko – Incorporating Copenhagen soundscapes into introspective techno tunes (interview)

February 21 2020

Interview by Alexander Julin Mortensen, photo by Matthew McArthur Williams The Scottish, Copenhagen-based producer Perko debuted back in 2018 with the release “NV Auto” on likewise Scottish label Numbers (Lanark Artefax, Peder Mannerfelt, Randomer, etc.). On February 7th, Perko returned with his sophomore release, the 8 track-long “The City Rings”. While the release, according to Perko himself, may be characterised by more smooth sounds than his debut, “The City Rings” still demonstrates his skills and taste for ...

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Brooch – Impulsive rock on a tight schedule (premiere)

Blog January 30 2020

By Mikkel Arre Ben Stidworthy and Mikkel Holm Silkjær met when their regular bands, Ought and Yung, toured together in 2016. They started a duo called Brooch and released their first 7” a year later. Tomorrow the duo will release a six-track EP on Silkjær’s Shordwood Records. We have asked them three questions about the EP – read the answers and listen to the entire record below.

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Solhorn – Image and sound intertwined in a feedback loop

Blog January 27 2020

Solhorn ”Kredsbevægelsen” (År & Dag, 2019) – review by Wieland Rambke The dominance of algorithms has come into being at breath-taking speed, particularly in the last 20 years. Coding as a creative tool is spreading fast among musicians, artists and designers, sitting in an odd position between strict science and artistic expression, between the subjective and the objective. Yet the nature of code is elusive: We ...

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Young Bragi – Sitting Close To A Stranger (mixtape)

Mixtape January 25 2020

Text and mixtape by Alexander Holm “Sitting Close To A Stranger” presents unreleased tracks of Young Bragi along side favourite harp artists and storytellers. Among many darlings it features Alice Coltrane, Andreas Vollenweider and Dorothy Ashby. It features a live recording of Dawda Jorbateh from his concert at next door record shop Insula Musicʼs last day before closing down (RIP). It features the theme song of ...

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D/O Ripper – Documentation and scores from “Harness of Patience Epics (H.O.P.E.)”

Feature November 29 2019

Introduction by Claus Haxholm In August, Sufie Elmgreen aka. D/O Ripper and a group of vocalists gathered under the moniker, Whistleblowers Ununite, performed the piece “Harness of Patience Epics ( H.O.P.E. )” in Rundetårn [The Round Tower] in Copenhagen as part of the exhibition “A Play, A Tale”. We are happy here at Passive/Aggressive to display/present the context artworks and scores, the instructions for the ...

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