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MOLJEBKA PVLSE - The Distant Past Resound

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Zoharum - ZOHAR 293-2
Release Year: 2023
Note: epic ambient one-tracker (74+ min., three movements) with beautiful harp, piano and double bass harmony parts from guests ISABEL F., KRIS KULDKEPP and HARA ALONSO.. - *outlined in a very expressive way so as to release a whole palette of colors, moods and emotions from the sound matter, allowing you to lose yourself even deeper with each subsequent listening...* - lim. 300, 6 panel digipak
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About a year after the release of the great album "Borrowed Scenery", MOLJEBKA PVLSE is back with another, even better material. Four musicians were involved in its recording; Mathias Josefson, handling all the electronics, was joined in turn by Isabel Fogelklou, who rejoined the ranks of the Scandinavian project, recording her harp parts, as well as Hara Alonso on piano and Kris Kuldkepp on double bass. The contribution of each of these artists left its mark on the final shape of "The Distant Past Resounds", which to some extent is a continuation of the previously chosen direction. However, thanks to the use of richer instruments, the involvement of each of the participants of the recording session, whose input translated into richer arrangements, even bolder stylistic journeys and the diversity of the entire composition. All this makes the latest material of MOLJEBKA PVLSE an extremely interesting story, outlined in a very expressive way so as to release a whole palette of colors, moods and emotions from the sound matter, allowing you to lose yourself even deeper with each subsequent listening. We can still talk here about the stylistic convention, which can be defined as drone / ambient, but here they were treated as a base on which one of the most interesting, if not the most interesting album in the Swedish artist's discography was based.


"The first notable difference with many previous releases from Mathias Josefson's project Moljebka Pvlse is that it is now a real group. I don't know if this is a temporary thing, but next to Josefson on electronics, we have Hara Alsonso (piano), Isabel Fogelkou (harp) and Kris Kuldkepp (double bass). It is not a surprise that these instruments are well suited to play long-form drone sounds, perhaps with some help (a bow, an e-bow), and get those strings resonating along with whatever Josefson does on the electronic side. It starts with a more abstract approach in which many overtones are ringing, which, at times, reminded me of early Organum, which is always a good thing. The CD has one long track, but on Bandcamp, there is a division into three tracks, each about twenty-five minutes. I am unsure if that has to do with the upload capacity of Bandcamp or if these are natural breaks in the piece. I don't register anything as being a separate section. As the music progresses, the instruments somewhat drift apart and become more apparent. The piano plays sparse notes, the double bass singling out notes, and from there on, the music becomes a most curious combination of what I perceive as long-form acoustic improvisation, colliding with the more composed droning of electronics. There is something orchestral about this piece at several points, certainly towards the end, which bumps with the feedback that is also, at times, part of this piece. A fascinating
release, which, for all I know, is quite a departure for Moljebka Pvlse and opening interesting new paths into the future." [FdW /Vital Weekly]