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the first reviews for Pjusk April 26, 2007

Posted by taylor in Uncategorized.


i am pretty honored (but not completely surprised, since i agree with these reviews!) about the feedback that is coming in for the Pjusk cd. it is difficult in this day and age to sell brand new artists. I put my faith in these artists because of their amazing talents and am very grateful when others recognize it as well. I keep going back to Shuttle358, who in 1998 was merely a demo in my demo pile… no one had heard of Dan Abrams or his work, but once his music was released and out there, people stopped and listened, and now Shuttle358 is considered one of 12k’s best moments. I hope the same will come of Pjusk and I look forward to seeing how their music develops as the years go on.

here are the first 2 reviews in for “Sart. Congratulations to Pjusk for such a nice debut.

You might not have come across the name Pjusk before, I can’t say that it rang very many bells in my head either – but the Norwegian duo did pop up on 12k’s very lovely Blueprint compilation not so long ago. With their careful blend of Biosphere-influenced electronics and subtle processed field recordings their tracks were a real highlight, and now they’ve treated us to this full-length vision. Building on their early promise, it becomes evident within minutes that there’s something afoot in the worryingly oil-rich land of Norway. From their early days of raping, pillaging and spreading red hair around England they’ve moved into surprisingly avant garde territory, and in recent years have pretty much conquered the world of Badalamenti-inspired atmospheric electronics. Maybe this was all started by the man Biosphere, but with help from Deaf Center and Erik Skodvin’s Miasmah label Norway has quickly become the centre of a growing scene, a scene which Pjusk are more than happy to muscle in on. Taking cues from Deaf Center’s murky acoustic doom, Pjusk manage to keep the hazy atmospherics intact while never quite sinking into total darkness. Indeed there’s a lightness and an optimism rarely found on these kind of records, something which almost gives me the same warm glow as listening to 12k’s finest moment, ‘Frame’ by Shuttle 358. With throbbing waves of emotion-drenched electronics it’s easy to forget you’re listening to an electronic album at all and the whole idea that this could be computer music goes out of the window altogether. ‘Sart’ reminds me of a time when I originally fell in love with electronic music actually, and although electronic albums have been thin on the ground in the last few years, hearing this album gives me back the confidence that it can still be done right every once in a while. Blending electronic and acoustic sounds masterfully, and showing an admirable restraint you are slowly and surely drawn into Pjusk’s breezy seaside land, the narrative is assured and deep, with motifs making themselves clear in a dense fog of vinyl crackle and tape hiss that you would be forgiven for thinking emanated from an artfully intense Scandinavian film playing in the room next door (maybe Insomnia?), all that’s missing is dialogue. ‘Sart’ is an album which truly stands out for me, and will no doubt incite the sound of jaws dropping for the rest of the year – any fans of good quality atmospheric music would be absolutely bonkers to miss out on it. Sublime.

I must admit that I really wasn’t prepared for just how stupendous this album is. Yes, it’s on 12k and that’s a hallmark of quality in itself… you expect a certain level of design and music every time you buy a release on the label. ‘Sart’, though, just blew me away from the first few tracks right to the end. What I didn’t expect was the sheer variety of styles on offer or the way it seamlessly flows together to make an album of incredible beauty and substance. Dark, cinematic, organic, electronic… all of these sounds make their presence felt, but it’s the way it’s blended together that really makes it a killer. For those that enjoy the more abstract, experimental side of 12k there are strange, subliminal background tones. For those that enjoy the more minimal, melodic side of the label, there are moments of sheer sculptural bliss. And there are even some delightful rhythmic moments – one in particular brings to mind nothing less than the might Gas with it’s pulsating 4/4 beat and layered textures. All at once it’s over and you find yourself longing to enjoy it all over again. My advice is *do* listen to it again… and again… and again. You won’t be disappointed. Album of the week, possibly month and an easy top 10 album of the year. Stunning.



1. pytheas - April 29, 2007

Many congratulations to 12k for releasing an incredible record…
sart really blew my mind…full of emotions and colourfull images.A true genious work from a super talented Norwegian duo…
Thank you pjusk…
one of the albums of the year 2007 for sure 😉

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