Maggie Bjorkland

SHAKEN

Bloodshot Records ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚

Soundtrack to an imaginary Western.

I'm a big fan of the Chicago based label Bloodshot.

Records and work on the theory that they can do no wrong in my book; apart from one or two misdemeanors that I swore never to talk about, so I was understandably excited when I received this disc by noted Danish musiciancomposer Maggie Bjorkland.

Oh dear; how naive was I? When I first played it in my office I actually turned it off halfway through; obviously this Metamodern aural landscape was far too clever for my uncultured ears, then (as happens with these things) on a whim I slid it into my car stereo on a long journey.

EUREKA! I got it!

Imagine, if you will Ansel Adams being the cinematographer on David Lynch's re-make of Annie Get Your Gun; this could and should be the soundtrack.

To some degree this is what the cool kids call a conceptual piece; and certainly won't appeal to the casual listener and apart from the track Fro Fro Heart which is a duet with Kurt Wagner; it's highly unlikely you would ever hear a track played on public radio; but those who like these things will love SHAKEN more than life itself.

When reviewing albums I try to imagine who they will appeal to and when will you play them; in this case it will be smart music fans who are afraid to delve too deeply into jazz or classical music and I can think of a couple of really hip coffee shops that this will make a perfect backdrop to reading your broadsheet newspaper or chic paperback. Alan Harrison.

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