Above, Convenience Store! Out of Norway, via Los Angeles

A multi-dimensional four-move set with a well sequenced dynamic.

Above, Convenience Store! Out of Norway, via Los Angeles

For film fans and watchers of the margins of pop culture, Above, Convenience Store! will evoke a cult-classic scene from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me—a Lynchian scene of typically cryptic clues and riddles set in the eponymous location, and not a Norwegian electronic/ambient drone project. However, the latter being the heart of the matter here, a spot of canny nomenclatural appropriation allows ‘two woodsmen dwelling above a convenience store somewhere in the uncharted forests of the great northern territories, watching old tv-series and creating sounds of contemplation and commemoration’ to be signified by Above, Convenience Store!.

Cultishness aside, bespoke Norwegian label, Sparkwood (uh oh, another TP reference?!), has issued the pair’s Project: Λeon EP, following up previous albums, Vermilion Concord and Building in Search of the Sun, off the back of self-released EPs, Planetary Exiles and Gasfarming. It’s a multi-dimensional four-move set with a well sequenced dynamic—building from the opening “Exit Through Lobby” through to “Solar Sister,” a dark scrawl of ambient drone with an intense broken beat tangle kicking in late in the day, with the neo-Kosmische almost-techno of “Infinity Elevators” and a vibrant collage with chum, MIIIIM, “Vardøger / Assembly Point (with [MIIIIM]),” the Twin Peaks in between.

Project: Λeon is available on Sparkwood.

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