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Juhani Silvola - Post-Biological Wildlife

  by Maarten Schiethart

published: 4 / 7 / 2019

Juhani Silvola - Post-Biological Wildlife
Label: Eighth Nerve Audio
Format: CD


Meditative and imaginary ballet score on latest album from Norwegian composer Juhan Silvola

With its robot-like rattle battles beneath the surface, 'Post-Biological Wildlife' offers sounds and music which I've not heard last since Black Dice in all their mighty witty chaos. With faux-pas idiosyncrasy on its clownish, choreographic soundtrack, 'Post-Biological Wildlife' is a zestful exercise which, alas, bears fatal implications. Starting off like a tuning rehearsal, 'Ritualrytmikk' embarks on a fatal mission which soon leads to sonic chaos. Commissioned and curated in the filthy rich country of Norway - the country to preserve seeds of endangered plant species on a big rocky island way up North - 'Post-Biological Wildlife' is a political statement in favour of artistic beauty which has been composed to dance to. Listening makes one curious of the ballet choreography. In my imagination, images of threatening malfunctions battle with visions of a Brave New World with city parks where deer robots peacefully roam. Kerrang avant garde minimal music is heard on 'Vaster Than Empires' whilst on the following tracks the rage gets meaner by the minute. But it finds new forms that will move the listener and will build empathy towards those poor little robot friends in our future. It's a very imaginative album, a stripped down counterpart of 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts'.

Track Listing:-
1 Ritualrytmikk
2 Machines Of Loving Grace
3 Vaster Than Empires
4 20th Century Meditation
5 Post-Biological Wildlife
6 Speculative Phonography pt.1

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