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Skjølbrot – Maersk: BTB001

“simultaneously beautiful, startling, and haunting”Foxy Digitalis

Maersk is the first record by Skjølbrot -7 tracks of oblique electro-acoustic music taking in piano, choir, sub-bass, noise, location recordings, machine rhythms and folk song.

“I came to the conclusion that in any project we design and develop, the size and degree of complexity of the information and control systems inscribed in it are the crucial factors, so that the all-embracing and absolute perfection of the concept can in practice coincide, indeed ultimately must coincide, with its chronic dysfunction…” -W.G. Sebald – Austerlitz

AVAILABLE as Digital Download from Touch Music shop or Boomkat, CD available from Norman records, Boomkat soon available as cd and download from Experimedia for US/Canada

CD direct: £8.99 inc P&P to UK/Europe (email for overseas).


Sound Clips:


Boomkat: Album of the Week/Highly Recommended – “Amazing debut collection… a deeply engrossing and peculiar soundworld”

Fluid Radio: “Every piece… is an outstanding achievement and taken as a whole, really encompasses the epitome of cinematic sound art. Each work feeds off one another, building to a climax, on “Emma”, that will leave listeners speechless, and this writer, wordless. Getting there is quite a joy to behold.”

The Wire: “There’s an eeriness about the containerisation process, about the automation of the ports and the loneliness and of the ships, and this is what Maersk, with it’s radio broadcasts, piano, electronics and half-erased field recordings, conveys so powerfully.”

Freq: “the musical equivalent of a Mike Nelson installation, in which paradoxical clues scattered around uncanny locations encourage a kind of forensic examination, positioning the listener as a Lovecraftian detective attempting to trace the tracks left by someone or something that is at once human and altogether unknowable.”

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