Lasse Marhaug - Context

Lasse Marhaug


Smalltown Supersound
Release date: 07/15/2022
genre: Ambient
Format: LP
1. Context 1
2. Context 2
3. Context 3
4. Context 4
5. Context 5
6. Context 6
7. Context 7
Lasse Marhaug - Context


Lasse Marhaug is one of those characters that operates at the nexus of so much stuff that’s
important to us here - working as a producer (over the last couple of years alone he’s helped shape
albums by Jenny Hval, Kelly Lee Owens, Okkyung Lee, Hillary Woods etc etc), a mastering engineer
(far too many releases to mention), a prolific sleeve designer (likewise), publisher (his occasional
Personal Best magazine is still going strong) and, perhaps most importantly - a recording artist in
his own right. ‘Context’ is his most substantial release in years - a crushing assembly of bone-dry/
darkside drone/machine malfunctions that’s bursting with a visceral, throbbing, mass of feeling. If
yr into anything on the spectrum from Mika Vainio to Grouper to Kevin Drumm or Deathprod - this
one’s as good as it gets
Over almost three decades of activity, Marhaug has carved out notoriety as a solo performer,
a prolific collaborator (working with everyone from Sunn O))) to Jim O’Rourke) and as a busy
producer, who’s notched up credits on some of the most striking-sounding albums of the last few
years. This new album was created as a swan song for the infamous Oslo studio that he’s inhabited
for 17 years, prior to his move back to the Arctic Circle where he originally came from. Recorded
over a 14-month period and painstakingly edited from hours upon hours of material, it might just
be the most impressive, moving record we’ve heard from him so far.
The interplay between piercing softness and deafening noise is the key to “Context”, displaying
a philosophy Marhaug has been exploring for years. Few other artists are able to balance chaos
and harmony with such ease; Marhaug does it without grandstanding, it’s music that sounds as
simultaneously beautiful and as daunting as the Arctic landscape he’s returning to. At any moment
a sound can be alluring or treacherous, like the frozen sun reflecting on a snowy mountaintop.
Marhaug’s deftness with rhythm and bass emerges

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