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Stian Westerhus: Amputation album review

Album Review

Norse jazz experimenter Stian Westerhus ventures even further out there…

Norwegian maverick Stian Westerhus is not a man prone to making records that adhere to a recognisable template. In fact, Amputation may well be the strangest thing he has released to date. A solo affair, wherein guitar, voice and drum machine collide in a sustained orgy of disorientating ambience, noise and atmospheric disquiet, this is an intensely experimental but oddly absorbing voyage. The opening Kings Never Sleep shimmers and warbles darkly amid bursts of mutant electronica, before Sinking Ships injects serenity and melody into amorphous walls of dissonance and drone.

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