“Still Important Somekind Not Normally Seen (Always Not Unfinished)” reviewed by Paris Transatlantic

Björgúlfsson / Pimmon / Thorsson sounds like a bit of a mouthful, and so does the title of their album Still Important Somekind Not Normally Seen (Always Not Unfinished). Heimir Björgúlfsson and Helgi Thorsson, formerly of the group Stilluppsteypa (whatever happened to Stilluppsteypa?) teamed up with Australia’s Paul Gough, aka Pimmon (whatever happened to Pimmon?) for a couple of live dates at De Melkfabriek in Den Bosch (Netherlands) on October 5th and 6th 2002, the recordings of which were subsequently reconfigured and mixed a couple of months later by Main’s Robert Hampson in his Thirst studios. Not that the result sounds anything like Main, though. It’s a strange Cageian soup kitchen of an album, as colourful and confusing as the lollipops, stripy ties and drooling tigers of Thorsson’s artwork, and similarly haunting. Track seven has been locked on repeat play here for the past half hour and it’s still grooving. We might know where these characters are coming from, but it’s hard to figure out where they’re heading. Tag along for the ride, though. One thing is for sure: “when in Den Bosch, Björgúlfsson / Pimmon / Thorsson ALWAYS stay at the Golden Tulip.” It says here. So now you know.

DW

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