Mats Gustafsson & Joachim Nordwall 7”

When it comes to Swedish duos, Gustafsson and Nordwall are near the top of the heap for me. On this collaborative 7”, electronics and saxophone combine for a twisted trip. The A-Side, “Shadows of Tomorrow,” squelches and squirts through veins, traversing through the body looking for any kind of exit point. Nordwall’s minimalist static-infused waves fit neatly in the tiny sonic spaces Gustafsson’s unending, scattered-to-the-wind arpeggios leave behind. It’s like trying to decipher a cryptic message and the clock is running out.

The flipside, “The Brain Produces Electrical Waves,” is the opposite. Snarling synthetic bass tones grip the wheel, holding on for dear life. Gustafsson’s breathy sax howl is an absolute horror show, pushing Nordwall into a corner with tempestuous glee. The entire effect is unbelievably tense yet invigorating at the same time, the grinding fear oddly inspiring. Gustafsson and Nordwall have their own dialogue, growling in code and ready to burn the world to ash. This single is a quick taste that’ll hang around for days. Killer.

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