MYSTERY SEA 23 | Moljebka
Pvlse | [Irdlirvirisissong]
"the road ends by the sea, where the waves reach the shore. when
it started to rain, you were hearing the song,
of the rain falling down, of the waves reaching shore,
by the end of the road, by the start of the sea."
- Mathias Josefson, April 2005
Swedish experimental artist
Mathias Josefson started to operate under the
Moljebka Pvlse moniker around 1999...
With releases under his belt for labels such as EIBON, COLD MEAT INDUSTRY,
SEGERHUVA, FIN DE SIECLE MEDIA & some highly impressive work on
his own ISORAMARA imprint, he became quickly renowned for his weaving
of magnetizing droney ambiences mainly based on manipulated guitar patterns,
despite some rarer harsher, noisier digressions...
On his majestic MS contribution, Mathias
renews his sublime ethereal dronalia...
"Irdlirvirisissong" raises like an ancestral
in a diffuse tidal motion...
a suspended filament
waving in the slow breeze...
Far away from some ancient shores,
an halo of lost voices haunts the seascape
resounding along an invisible fault line
like some elemental incantation...
"Irdlirvirisissong" swells like a gaseous
an evanescent ghost,
making from its absences
a focus of imaginary effervescence
If you ingest this liquid ode
and surrender yourself to its aura
it'll anchor you in an unbounded contemplative mood...
> listen !
VITAL WEEKLY 479|Frans
Despite Mathias Josefson's,
aka Moljebka Pvlse, many releases on such labels as
Eibon, Cold Meat Industry, Fin de Siecle or Segerhuva, a CDR release
is still an option for him, but maybe the good and solid reputation
of Mystery Sea is particular helpful. On 'Irdlivirissong',
Moljebka Pvlse plays one hour long piece of his manipulated
guitar playing. Long sustained sounds, dwelling on echo and reverb and
god knows what other colorful boxes to manipulate the guitar with makes
this into a cascading wave of sound. Whereas many of the Mystery Sea
releases sound like, or reflect, the life beneath the surface of the
sea, Moljebka Pvlse is rather like a sea surface. Likes
waves rolling ashore, this music offers a similar drift, but it is very
much more present and upfront than many other Mystery Sea releases.
However one should not think a nice warm pacific ocean water drift,
but rather nordic and cold, music that is a bit metallic and rusty sounding,
wrecks washing ashore - alienated sea, of life just disappeared. File
under dark and atmospheric. I particular enjoyed this soundtrack.
Rated : 4
stars out of 5
A solo project of Sweden's Mathias
Josefson, Moljebka Pvlse has a remarkable series of releases on cult
labels like Cold Meat Industries, Eibon, Segerhuva or Fin de Siècle,
not to mention his own Isoramara. Every cd of his I've listened to is
slightly or notably different from the other, but always maintaining
a heartfelt and passionate approach to minimalism which makes it unique.
This limited release on beloved Mystery Sea is a lengthy 65-minute track
which flows smoothly from one atmosphere to the other, eventually sounding
like a perfect synthesis of Josefson's darker pulses (as in "Sadalmelik"
or in some live performances) and the more melodic and less claustrophobic
pieces on "The leaves of their songs". While shades are still present
overhead (just listen from minute 40 onwards), it's clear that Moljebka's
ambient doesn't belong to the same niche as, say, Lustmord's or Raison
d'Etre's, being rather close to the suspended soundscapes of Monos,
Mirror, Andrew Chalk or even Eno's "On land".
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