Norway - Full Moon 43 - 04/18/00
Do the Crawl
When you least expect it someone sneaks up on you from behind and quickly puts a drenched rag
to your face. You get dizzy, falls, and next thing is to do the crawl...That's Clorofom.
Cloroform is a trio from Stavanger, the "oil city" on the Norwegian west coast. Do the
Crawl is their third album (oh yeah? Well, I haven't heard neither All-Scars nor
Deconstruction), and it came as a pleasantly refreshing surprise on me. Øyvind
Storsund, Børge Fjordheim and John Erik Kaada have come up with a playful mixture of
genres, a hybird of experimental jazz and rock, hip-hop/techno, and indeed rhythmically world
music. Drums, up-right bass, and synth sounds and noises, spiced with sampled bits and pieces and
vocal contributions, makes a solid album of industrial and playful moods. The album opens with
the title track, which reminds me a bit of Fläskkvartetten//Flesh Quartet from their early
days. "30000 People" makes me think of the moods from Brian Eno/David Byrne's early
80's album My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, while the more quiet "Love so True"
sounds like it's written arranged by Tom Waits. Nevertheless, Cloroform make their very own
world of sound and their own atmosphere, and I guess it must be great fun to see them play live.
The rhythm section is ace, and most of the songs sounds fresh and virile, including the ability
to put enough variations into the songs to keep the interest throughout the album. Do the
Crawl is an exciting album. Check out the songs mentioned, plus "Popman",
"Plug", and the tense closing track "Goodthings". Hopefully you'll be hooked,
to crawl along.
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