Arve Henriksen / Eivind Aarset / Jan Bang

Rave review of Snow catches at her Eyelashes + The Height of the Reeds at Punkt 2020

Punkt

Stup, Kristiansand, Norway

Punkt co-creator Jan Bang was particularly active this year, involved with two notable sets that revolved around recently released albums.

Originally a commission from the 2017 Hull City Of Culture, spanning the Humber Bridge, The Height Of The Reeds featured Bang, trumpeter Arve Henriksen and guitarist Eivind Aarset, along with a string-heavy small ensemble.

Henriksen’s delicate vocals made a faint awakening before the storm ahead,
as Bang found low-submersible tones, from straining cargo ship bowels, Humber imagery scudding across the back-screen. They achieved a sustained, morose lyricism that was turned into a more single-dimensioned mood during Helge Sten’s live remix.

Bang was at his best in partnership with Aarset, reflecting their album, Snow Catches On Her Eyelashes. This was one of the festival’s key sets, best described as ‘active ambient’. Made from cyclic coo-ing, 1950s cosmic whorls, after Fripp & Eno, and catching the perfect gloaming-time, again. The view outside these top floor windows held an uncanny power, in this new setting. There was a later graduation to metallic fracturing, perfectly set in a foundation tableau of silence, as Aarset played phrases imbued with a more apparent guitar origin.

Martin Longley, Jazzwise (UK)

(Photo: Alf Solbakken)

Reviews: Punkt

Punkt 2020 part 1

Review in Norwegian by Arild R. Andersen at Jazz i Norge 

Punkt will continue as planned 3-5 September, including the world premiere of The Height of the Reeds with Arve Henriksen and Eivind Aarset plus a string ensemble. Also, Jan and Eivind will perform a concert of the acclaimed album Snow Catches on her Eyelashes. See punkfestival.no for details.

Punkt will continue as planned 3-5 September, including the world premiere of The Height of the Reeds with Arve Henriksen and Eivind Aarset plus a string ensemble. Also, Jan and Eivind will perform a concert of the acclaimed album Snow Catches on her Eyelashes. See punkfestival.no for details.

EIVIND AARSET & JAN BANG in Audiophile man:

Title: Snow Catches on her Eyelashes 

Label: Jazzland 

Now, you’d think that  vinyl LP emanating from a record label called Jazzland would feature lots of upright bass, the odd sax solo and careful cymbal taps but not here ol’son. Think avant-garde electronica. Of a Norwegian stripe. 

What you have is a series of synth-based looped drones, sub-bass beats and more synth content that tells the story. Featuring a mosaic of often meditative sounds and sampled with trumpet interspersed as small fragments (at least, I’m pretty sure that’s what I heard, it’s difficult to be absolutely sure), this down tempo vinyl album provides intriguing rhythms and contemplative tones plus melancholic piano for anyone interested in electronica.

 https://theaudiophileman.com/cd-vinyl-review-roundup-4-review/