LASSE MARHAUG / MAJA S.K. RATKJE

Music for Gardening

(Pica Disk - PICA009) CD $17.00

The fourth entry in Ratkje and Marhaug's "Music For…" collaborative series. After Shopping (2002), Loving (2004) and Faking (2005) comes Gardening, inspired by Ratkje's new life in the countryside. Seven tracks meant to inspire spending time on one’s hand and knees, fidgeting with dirt, taking care of plants.

MAJA S.K. RATKJE / SÄKÄ

Rasaka

(KBA - KBA002) LP $21.75

The Norwegian voice artist brings her spirited vocalizations and electronics to this free jazz trio’s remarkable improv clash. Two long tracks grapple as if sourced from an elongated wrestling camp, where the digging, pulling and pushing are constant. It creaks and rubs on all sides, sputtering and mutilated. Desperation arises and mangles. Abrasive and rattling guttural sounds roar in overdrive throughout, barely pausing for a breath.