Bjørn Torske - Kokning

Kokning: it’s the Norwegian word for the process of putting potatoes on to boil, going to sea to catch a fish and returning to prepare the meal. With its acoustic guitar and gentle ambient washes, the title track and album opener is certainly suggestive of sitting in a boat on a very gentle ocean. Track two, 'Bryggesjau', is decoded as meaning ‘a disagreement regarding a jetty’, but its jaunty, playful rhythm could equally describe a tramp through the forest looking for wild mushrooms. This is an album that builds in tempo as it goes. By track five our Norwegian host has warmed up to space disco and it’s on this move into territory shared by the more sophisticated likes of Lindstrøm that the record’s flaws become apparent. The dancier, dubbier tracks rarely stray beyond rickety. There are undoubtedly a few nice tunes here, but Röyksopp’s recent Senior did this sort of thing a tad more assertively.



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