En Form For Blå totally defied my initial expectations. There isn’t the density or overt drama you would expect from a ‘supergroup’ based around Sunn 0)))’s Stephen O’Malley and Daniel O’Sullivan of Ulver, instead you get a huge amount of space and restraint in the music. Steve Noble and Kristoffer Rygg complete the quartet, and it is often Noble’s intuitive drumming that binds the music, as you’d expect from someone so well-versed in improvised performance. For a live recording the sound quality has an exceptional clarity and this adds to the feeling of exposure that permeates the music. The tension between the musicians creates a brooding, pernicious edge. Despite defying the expectations of its component parts, it has that natural, instinctive quality that you can only get with musicians of this calibre.
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