Kobi Projecto - s/t
(Silber Records 2002, silber025)
From Aural Innovations #23 (April 2003)
Murky rivers of sound weave through dark masses of semi-solid noise. Melodies creep in and out, teasing the listener. Rain falls, voices murmur. There is no rhythm, just an organic flow, languid, drifting, slowly evolving, almost taking form before falling apart again into the primal sonic sea. Reminiscent of Brian Enoís classic Ambient 4: On Land album, this music is rich, deep, swampy, and organic. Even when the occasional cold sheet of noise drifts over it, the underlying flow is still warm and tropical, crawling with tiny sonic insects and slippery musical salamanders. These are primordial reverberations that come from the collective consciousness of the musicians, things that have been there since the dawn of time.
This is the work of Kobi Projecto, the brainchild of Norwegian musician (and member of Origami Arktika) Kai Mikalsen. But as he states in the liner notes, Mikalsen believes that when music is done solo, it is dictated by one idea, but when performed with one or two others, the added musicians bring new dimensions to the sound. So each track on Kobi Projecto is a collaboration with at least one other musician, though obviously this remains primarily Mikalsenís vision. While there is some variation in the pieces, they follow similar themes, uniting to create a complete work, a total, unhurried sonic journey into the past and the future.
For more information you can visit the Silber Records web site at: http://www.silbermedia.com.
Contact via snail mail c/o Silber Records; PO Box 18062; Raleigh, NC 27619.
Reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald