Kobi – Urstoff

Kobi - Urstoff (CD)   Kobi - Urstoff (Promo CD)

CD | End of huM | EndofhuM-13 | 2010-11-01
Retail copies come in slimline DVD cases, while promo copies come in CD size paper envelope sleeves. Also available on 2 x LP with one extra track.

1. Behind The Subject We Are Focused On
2. Two Moments That Negate Each Other
3. A Signifier Relating To A Signified
4. To Achieve Matte And Fresh Effect
5. Five Greek Words Forming The Word For Fish

Kai Mikalsen – synths, objects & effects
Fredrik Ness Sevendal – guitar & effects
Martin Powell – synth, guitar, theremin & effects
Petter Flaten Eilertsen – guitar, synths, objects & effects
Mats Monstad – drums & percussion
Per Gisle Galåen – organ & effects (tracks 3, 4 & 5)

Recorded at Brugata 3a, Oslo, 10.10.2009
Produced by Kai Mikalsen
Mastered by Helge Sten

Cover design by Kai Mikalsen

(P) & (C) End of huM

Click here to see full artwork and session photos

REVIEWS

“The Norwegian take on Kosmische and space-rock is well manifested by Kobi on their Urstoff (ENDOFHUM 13) album, which also exists as a double LP in a gatefold sleeve. We heard from Kobi before in 2009, but the acousticks release was mainly a compilation of droney music collaborations put together by the main man Kai Mikalsen. The band here are a quintet playing with a replete cosmic-rock plateful of instruments, including many guitars, organs, synths and groovular 1970s effects pedals buckling under the pressure of many Norwegian feet; and I’m pleased to note familiar names Petter Flaten Eilertsen and Fredrik Ness Sevendal in the band. Not a man among them but doesn’t also play in a side project, and if you can trip the names of Dip Apple, Ka, Love Hz, Phonoloid and Slowburn off your tongue at a cocktail party in Hampstead, you’ll be esteemed a hipper dude than most. The overall sound of the album is distinctive and spaced-out fer sure, but if you’re seeking more development and dynamics from your quota of avant-rock, you may be baffled by the oblique and meandering nature of these performances. But we should expect no less from a member of the Origami Arktika collective, of course.” – Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector, 2011-03-09

“”Behind the subject we are focused on” er en av titlene på plata “Urstoff” fra det Oslo-baserte prosjektet Kobi. Kobi er et nytt bekjentskap for meg. Bandet er av og til et soloprosjekt for Kai Mikalsen, av og til et band med mange forskjellige gjester. Denne skiva er i sin helhet spilt inn live i studio i Brugata 3, Oslo. Den består av fem lange gode spor med en slags eksperimentell metalambient. Improvisert musikk og ekstra fet produksjon gjør dette til noe av det beste jeg kan huske innen eksperimentell musikk på lenge. Jeg får enkelte assosiasjoner til for eksempel Sunburned Hand Of The Man. Men Kobi er langt mer strukturert og går av og til i grenselandet til alternativ jazz og andre sjangre. Jeg synes dette er en ekstremt bra skive, den er spennende på alle måter. En flott dobbel vinyl har det blitt. Den gis ut i 300x, så kjøp fra label eller gå på Tiger!” – J. Vega, Vinyl Salvation

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