Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Alog: Unemployed

If you hurry up, you might be able to get your hands on Alog´s "Unemployed", a "box" with four LPs on Rune Grammofon (300 copies)! You will get three white vinyl albums and one black and a numbered fold out paper (no proper cover, and no proper box).

Alog´s Dag-Are Haugan and Espen Sommer-Eide have made some weird electronica, using custom made instruments, samples and guest artists.
I love the sad version of a well known Swedish song called "Båklandets vackra Maja", and a pretty wild story in Norwegian, sung by Jaap Blonk ("Bømlo brenn om natta", libretto: N. H. Møllerhaug). The other guests are Sigbjørn Apeland, Jenny Hval, Signe Lidén and The Sheriffs of Nothingness (Kari Rønnekleiv, Ole Henrik Moe).

This is great fun, but to be honest with you, you really don´t have to fight for a vinyl copy. The CD (or download version) might be just the selection you prefer after all.

Tracks not on the CD: "Kompass", "Leisure", "Solitaire" (10,11,12), "September", "Working the streets of San Francisco", "Piraeus", "De arbetsskyggas förening" and "Avis".

Cover: Kim Hiorthøy.

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