10 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaerr is a key player on the Norwegian Nu Jazz scene. In 1997 he broke out with a solo effort, Khmer, which incorporated elements of electronica, and 2010’s Hamada presents an appealing set of ambient jazz infused with electronic elements. The album opens with “Exhumation,” a breathy solo trumpet rendering of a lovely melody. On “Sabkah” Molvaerr is joined by the album’s guitarist, Eivind Aarset, who adds dreamy, reverb-drenched tones, creating a sound that recalls composer Angelo Badalamenti’s work with film director David Lynch. Bassist Audun Erlien and drummer Audun Klieve appear on “Friction” and “Cruel Attitude,” a pair of cuts that stand out in this low-key context. The former piece sounds like a fusion of Jon Hassell Fourth World-stylings and agitated, Miles Davis funk-rock, while the latter features scrunchy metal guitar and power drumming. Jan Bang adds live sampling and field recordings on a number of cuts, including the closer, “Anticline,” an exquisite collage of sonic wisps and other subtleties.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaerr is a key player on the Norwegian Nu Jazz scene. In 1997 he broke out with a solo effort, Khmer, which incorporated elements of electronica, and 2010’s Hamada presents an appealing set of ambient jazz infused with electronic elements. The album opens with “Exhumation,” a breathy solo trumpet rendering of a lovely melody. On “Sabkah” Molvaerr is joined by the album’s guitarist, Eivind Aarset, who adds dreamy, reverb-drenched tones, creating a sound that recalls composer Angelo Badalamenti’s work with film director David Lynch. Bassist Audun Erlien and drummer Audun Klieve appear on “Friction” and “Cruel Attitude,” a pair of cuts that stand out in this low-key context. The former piece sounds like a fusion of Jon Hassell Fourth World-stylings and agitated, Miles Davis funk-rock, while the latter features scrunchy metal guitar and power drumming. Jan Bang adds live sampling and field recordings on a number of cuts, including the closer, “Anticline,” an exquisite collage of sonic wisps and other subtleties.

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Ratings and Reviews

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4 Ratings

TheBurgonian ,

Spacious

Love the interesting textures created underneath the melodies of Molvaer's trumpet playing. The record is ambient throughout most of the 12 tracks, but two songs in particular are driven by rhythm, "Friction" and "Cruel Attitude." Friction is an unnerving track, and in my mind causes friction in comparison to the rest of this album. But maybe this is what he wanted, as the three tracks sandwiched between Friction and Cruel Attitude are absolute sonic delights. The album finishes on the ambient tone with "Anticline," leaving the listener wanting more of all the subtle goodness Hamada offers.

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