Friday, August 25, 2017

Arve Henriksen - Chiaroscuro (2004)

A breathtaking form of ambient music that incorporates elements of classical, electro, new age, and jazz, courtesy of Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen. On the surface, Chiaroscuro is beautiful and low-key, but there's a sense of restlessness and anxiety at its core.

Track listing:
1. Opening Image
2. Bird's-Eye-View
3. Chiaro
4. Holography
5. Blue Silk
6. Parallel Action
7. Circled Take
8. Scuro
9. Time Lapse
10. Ending Image

Ancient and accepted rite

If you like this, try:
John Taylor, Norma Winston,
& Kenny Wheeler - Azimuth (1977)
Stephan Micus -
Implosions (1977)


  1. I'm guessing you know Supersilent, Henriksen's noise/jazz/wtf combo? On the off chance you don't, consider this a high-level recommendation--not that my taste is high-level, just that Supersilent has been making next-level shit for over a decade and some of their most recent output is as pulverizing and transfixing as anything out there. Some might consider it a touch wanky, but it hits my sweet spot. Deathprod is also a member of that squad.

    This was one of the few Henriksen joints I didn't have, so thanks.

    1. I'm actually not familiar with Supersilent, def gonna check them out, thanks!

    2. Start with 6, 8, and 13. 6 is widely considered their best, and 13 is a great summation of most of what they do well--and what they do well is smear, build, and fucking roar.


  3. jeez! look at this shit!

  4. supersilent 9 so far is my fave.....3 hammonds flipping everyone shit