Mattias Gustafsson – Frusen Musik CD
In the expanses of the venerable compact disc format, our Swedish tape and electronics statesman piles in the lumber for a full scale fabrication of distorted scenes from daily life, fractured and warped to reflect the wandering imagination. Frusen Musik employs a rougher dialect similar to his Altar of Flies moniker, although it’s often used on the scenic grounds of works from his recently lauded Frånvarande and Nattmusik LPs. Eight stunningly impactful works of cavelike architecture for an inspired rattling of the cage, a curious peeling of the wallpaper. Drips, wobbles, creaks, and cracks are turned to gold while nearby liquid encroaches a vulnerable circuit, disembodied voices spiriting in through the vents. Pry this one open and find flashes of entropy, unplaceable dread, meditative stares, and an acceptable dosage of melancholy. Admirers of Small Cruel Party, Crawl Unit, or the Tapeworks series on Gustafsson’s own Hästen & Korset are likely to sense a familiar air.