Erland Dahlen is a Norwegian drummer and composer, well-known for his previous work with Hanne Hukkelberg and Anja Garbarek, and the bands Madrugada and Xploding Plastix. Three years after Clocks, he’s back with a new album called Bones which is out via Hubro Music.
According to the press release, the music of this work hits the listener like a headlong onrushing wave. Propulsive percussive rhythms combine to create a massive motive force driving a pathway through an intricately layered soundscape of ancillary instruments. Here, the eerie, wavery pitch of a musical saw meets the uncanny timbre of bowed zither and ghostly wordless vocals amidst a forest of obscure electronic drones culled from Moogs and Mellotrons, bells and gongs. There may even be the whirr of what sounds like helicopter rotor blades amongst the mix.