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Midnight Sun : Sounds Of Norway – Supersilent/Sidsel Endresen, Christian Wallumrod, Jan Bang/Arve Henriksen/DJ Strangefruit (live)

Midnight Sun : Sounds Of Norway Unity Theatre, Liverpool 27 May 2003

It was with some trepidation that I went to Liverpool to see the 21st century’s version of the “package tour”. I’d been told, by someone whose opinion I trust, that most of the evening had been crap when he saw it. In fact he was a bit more splenetic than that. Still you have to find out for yourself, don’t you ?

A ton of print has been spent enthusing over the exciting newness of music coming out of Norway. I agree with some of it. I haven’t heard it all. But I have heard Supersilent, who effectively headline this bill. Their last CD in particular is a favourite. I was hoping that they would prove to be a better live experience than on the first night of the tour. More of that later.

The evening

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Martijn de Kleer – So Close Yet So Far Out

Label: Beta-Lactam Ring Records Format: 2LP,CD

So Close Yet So Far Out - sleeve detailAs is only to be expected from someone who contributed so much to the classic Nineties Legendary Pink Dots guitar sound, Martijn de Kleer‘s So Close Yet So Far Out spreads out into psychedelic space as deep as the images from Hubble used on the cover art. Trippy is the word, and then some, though for the most part de Kleer shows admirable restraint when it comes to picking the guitar strings, a trait which has always been one of his greatest musical strengths. Instead of flicking excessively showy sparks off the neck, he lets the electricty blister and phase, as opener “New” demonstrates to a laid back groove of organ in absolutely Sixties/Nineties space cadet style. Even a track like “Jet Lag”, which weighs in with some stupendous Garage

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