Norway - Full Moon 54 - 03/09/01
Cloroform started to get publicity for real last year with their 3rd album,
Do The Crawl. Since then the Stavanger trio
(songcomposer/keyboardist/singer/sampler John Erik Kaada, drummer Børge Fjordheim, and
bassist Øyvind Storesund) have been playing a lot live. Small sweaty clubs, but also bigger
"venues" such as Central Park, NY, NY. They've also contributed to the Norwegian film success
(yes, it's possible!) Mongoland (directed by Arild Østin Ommundsen). Last week I
finally got to see them live, when they launched a new record Scrawl at a packed Blå,
in Oslo. And a tremendous feast (a birthday party, since Blå celebrated its 3rd anniversary)
it was! Breathtakingly groovy. More rock and rap aggro than expected, but so tight, so smashing,
so kool. I was amazed.
They had brought with them a couple of guests from Stavanger for the Scrawl - which
contains remixes of songs from Do The Crawl, with or without
the band - release evening, and both Pål Jackman (who's got his own band Wunderkammer,
as well as being a film director; he made his feature film debut last year with Detektor,
he also had a small part in Mongoland), and Morten Abel (long time pop star - with
a certain eccentricity - in Norway, both in various bands and solo - he's also a minor film actor.)
have been contributing to this album with remix versions. Jackman with a version of
30000 people entitled (yes, even the song titles are "remixed") Turdy Townsend
Peephole, sounding like Snakefinger (R.I.P.) on a trip to India, or somethig like that. Neat.
Abel has also made something else out of 30000 people. His mix is called The
future ain't what it used to be, and is a real groovy drive. A hit (yes, it's got
radio airplay). There's even a 3rd and a 4th mix of this very song: Orffilator (Karl Orff
inspired...? One minute only, in chooir'n'orchestral widescreen) by Ravi, and finally
Mr. Undo by Cloroform's leader Kaada. There are also two other songs,
Whocares and Goodthings, with more than one remix. Deathprod (a.k.a. Helge
Sten, ex-Motorpsycho) and his Supersilent colleague Arve Henriksen have both chosen
Whocares. The former presents a quite whispering minimalistic mix, the latter a quite
experimentally, noisy version. But not as wildly experimental as The Machines and their
Let the Machines Do The Crawl (Do The Crawl, right), sounding like the grand-children
of the Residents!
My biggest favorite on Scrawl is maybe True by Mart, an extremely
charming electronica pop version of Love So True. Other favourites are Keepin the city
safe (remix of Goodthings) by hip-hoppers Xploding Plastix (I'm excited to hear
their upcoming debut), the cool Salam Irani, originally Iran, by State, and
the closing version of Goodthings (as Clockowrds) by the darkly chanting Peder
Kjellsby/IsIt Art?, with samples of a big and happy audience - cheering, singing.
Scrawl is really something! It shows how music works on different levels, and comes up
with some really pleasant surprises, even though not everything is ace. If you hurry you might
get your hands on one of the 500 ltd. edition CDs with knitted cover art! But you'd better
pick up Do The Crawl as well.
Distribution in Norway: Tuba!
Copyright © 2001 Håvard Oppøyen