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Rasmus Oppenhagen Krogh

Whereabouts (vinyl)

Review by Gary Hill

This record has some intriguing music on it. There is an echoey guitar based sound dominant on the first side. That part even has hints of Americana, but with more of a psychedelic space rock angle at its heart. The second side has some pieces that are more piano-dominated at times, but it ultimately winds up feeling closer the concepts of side one later. Whatever you call this instrumental release, it's intriguing and inventive. It's also strong.

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Track by Track Review
Side 1
                
Triangular

Trippy, echoey textures bring this track into being. This grows upward rather gradually. It has sort of a psychedelic, space rock vibe. I'm reminded of early Pink Floyd to some degree.

Fragments
This one is also echoey. In a lot of ways, it's less intense than the opener was. It has plenty of artsy psychedelic angles to it, though.
Out on a Limb
Percussive elements are the first things heard here. The cut gets layers of cool chordings that are in keeping with the songs we've heard thus far as it continues. This piece makes me think a little of King Crimson at times. The percussion thing drops away after a while and the rest of the instruments explore spacey zones from there. It eventually turns jazzy, but those space elements still remain. There are some soaring, decidedly proggy moments later. Percussion returns later, and we're taken in some cool jazz directions for a short time to end it.
For Keeps
This number features many of the familiar elements. In some ways it's more jazzy than other tracks here, but the cool space vibes and hints of psychedelia are still in play.
Side 2
                   
A Certain Uncertainty

Piano paints some sporadic images as space ambience is heard in the background. This gets into some pounding, unsettling territory later that is dramatic and artsy. That works through and piano takes command in a slightly more mainstream way. There is a short build-up of spacey sounds at the end.

Whereabouts
The title track comes in a little more like space meets jazz. It's more grounded than the previous piece was. The piano delivers some cool melodies as this evolves. The song gets into some pretty melodic zones, but also works out to more pure space further down the musical road. The track continues to grow and evolve working through a number of changes. Jazz, space and art music are always in the driver's seat, though.
Anthem
Echoey trippy sounds that feel like they would have fit well on the first side of the album brings this in and hold it for a time. Eventually, it shifts toward a jazzier kind of thing that is bass and percussion. The track eventually starts building upward from there. It continues with its space rock meets jazz approach on full display. Pure space takes over right at the end.
 
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