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Anderskov Accident: Unity of Action

It is an obligation of the record reviewer to provide, at minimum, a usefully accurate characterization of music under consideration. But describing Anderskov Accident, an electric/acoustic, manic/meticulous, sarcastic/earnest Danish octet led by keyboardist-composer-conceptualist Jacob Anderskov, is not easy.

You start with a dense acoustic ensemble whose core is the electronic high rasp and low hum of Anderskov’s Rhodes and Jeppe Skovbakke’s bass, respectively. Anderskov writes pieces that start as slow drones (“Den Onde Cirkel”), or hollering contrapuntal repetitions (“The Sick Man”), or calm single-instrument theme statements (“What Roots”), or noise (“Handy Week”). But all tunes morph. The ensemble might careen and rave and threaten to fly apart, but eventually synchs up on Anderskov’s intricate, irregularly shaped charts and strategically placed moaning riffs.

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