SINDRE BJERGA “Hesitation Marks” (Eh?)

“Cassette player drones and kitchen sink psychedelia, sound ghosts hidden deep in the molten magnetic tapes… always aiming for that mind-altering head trip…”

Mission statement. Boom. Modus operandi. Boom. Sindre Bjerga follows his muse down a rabbit hole of cassette samples and warped noises, clacking and chipping away at source material and objects until they resemble something completely other than their intended form. “Hesitation Marks” collects two Bjerga live recordings – Any Record, Den Haag, Netherlands, August 12, 2017; XB Liebig, Berlin, Germany, July 8, 2017 – and the sounds echo about the rooms.

Alien sonics give way to song fragments, which are chopped and stretched and basically destroyed, as if they were an unfortunate side effect of an extraterrestrial transmission. The mood is “life on other planets,” the kinetic motion unstoppable and weird. “Hesitation Marks” never stops moving, never stops shifting, never stops changing. It’s a slippery beast, best wrangled through headphones.