SPLINT!: Intelligent Design (FRM Records)

themilkman on Jun 3rd 2010 01:30 am

Splint!: Intelligent Design

Intelligent Design
FMR Records 2010
09 Tracks. 48mins30secs

Three years on from their very impressive debut album, Moro, published on the excellent Lampse, an imprint which has unfortunately been dormant for over three years now, Scandinavian experimental jazz quartet Splint! return with their second opus, Intelligent Design, released on UK-based label FMR. Splint! originally took shape in 2004 when Swedish bassist and keyboard player Johannes Lundberg gathered some of the finest talents in contemporary Scandinavian jazz, including fellow Swedish drummer and percussionist Jon Fält, trumpeter Gunnar Halle and guitarist Nils-Olav Johansen, both from neighbouring Norway.

Like many of their contemporaries, Splint!’s main terrain of operation is improvisation. They work predominantly with acoustic instruments, which are then processed and augmented with electronics to create a widely contrasted set of tracks. Continue Reading »

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SPLINT!: Moro (Lampse)

themilkman on Apr 2nd 2007 10:17 pm

Splint!: Moro

Lampse 2007
11 Tracks. 51mins38secs

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Formed in 2004 by Swedish artist Johannes Lundberg, Splint! bring together some of the finest improv musicians of the Scandinavian scene, including Lundberg’s compatriot drummer and percussionist Jon Fält and Norway’s Gunnar Halle (trumpet, electronics) and Nils-Olav Johansen (guitar, keyboards, electronics). All have served with various avant-garde formations, including a stint as part of Veslefrekk, the earlier incarnation of Supersilent, for Johansen.

The band has often been likened to Supersilent but their approach, which explores more defined musical lines, sets Splint! slightly closer to the likes of Food, Humcrush, or to a lesser extend Wibutee. Continue Reading »

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