REVIEW: FOXY DIGITALIS (.COM)
Ambient minimalists Pjusk pipe in auditory splendor from a remote Norwegian cabin to your speakers via 12k. Sval
, their second release, moves gradually and in chromatic hues but never feels distant or dead. Pjusk call to mind Earth and atmosphere: lodes of minerals, fog hanging, clouds drifting; all sorts of natural phenomena as they exist and are perceived in human consciousness, steeped in imagination.
Some pieces (“Valldal”) abide within the strictures of minimalism, working in a narrow space mined deeply, patiently evoking drifting auroras. Elsewhere, on “Sus” or “Demring” for example, the ambient blur is tidied up with scratchy pseudo-beat textures and percussive crackle- though its not really crackly, but more of a wet gnawing sound.
Other compositional tools: collage, as documented on “Dis” with arcs of piano flourishes and glints of chopped vocals; and also straightforward drum programming that serves as a spine for rubbery tone crescendos on “Vidde.” Pjusk are all about the non-dualism on this recording, reconciling distance with immediacy, the organic and the artificial, ice with steam. Sval
flows interrupted, porous, with compositions assuming their own character after a time before the next gradual melt or crystallization into another mood. 7/10 -- Mike Pursley