Stene is a Norwegian percussionist who specialises in contemporary music and the nine works here feature marimba, vibraphone, e-bow guitar, piano and more. Much of the music is by British composer Laurence Crane. The pieces may be built on straightforward chord changes but slowly and remorselessly they achieve a shimmering, hypnotic power. Makes almost any other music sound fussy and overwrought.
Personnel: Håkon Stene: vibraphone, quartertone vibraphone, bowed marimba, electric guitar, acoustic guitar with e-bow, keyboards, piano (9); Heloísa Amaral: piano (2); Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen: cimbalom (2); Tanja Orning: cello (1, 4, 6, 8); Christian Wallumrød: piano (1,8). Title: Lush Laments for Lazy Mammal Year Released: 2014 Record Label: Hubro Records.
Michael Pisaro, Håkon Stene & Kristine Tjøgersen: asleep, street, pipes, tones. Jo Berger Myhre & Ólafur Björn Ólafsson: The Third Script LP+CD. Phonophani: Animal Imagination. Stephan Meidell: Metrics. Dans les arbres: Phosphoresence. Laurene Crane, asamisimasa: Sound of Horse. Building Instrument: Building Instrument. Håkon Stene: Lush Laments for Lazy Mammal. 1982: A/B. Moskus: Mestertyven. sPacemoNkey: The Karman Line. Stein Urheim: Stein Urheim. Stephan Meidell: Cascades. Bly de Blyant: Hindsight Bias.
It is not necessary to take more than a quick glance at Norwegian percussionist Håkon Stene’s CV to realise that here is a musician with a broad horizon and a fearless attitude towards new instruments and genres.
Eventually the pieces, and Lush Laments For Lazy Mammals, comes to a simple and noble close. While virtuosity and complexity have always imbued compositional music with a certain baroque merit, Håkon Stene - like this album's ancestral British minimalists - has removed any frivolous intricacies, and let the notes and ideas ring out and true. For the listener it removes the question of "how" the music happens, and allows us to focus on the "why". Listen closely, and you'll find the answer for yourself.
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