Nude On Sand
Sofa has, during its 11 years of existence, presented many artists who have pushed the boundaries of voice: Sidsel Endresen, Phil Minton, Maja Ratkje and Anita Kaasbøll, among others. With Nude On Sand, it is perhaps the lyrics that lead the music in unexpected directions. The project started off in a series of commissioned works, and slowly developed into this fascinating duo. Free-folk perhaps? Taku Sugimoto, Shirley Collins, Lou Reed and Diamanda Galas meet up to share blood, and the blood hits the ground to become a little weed called Nude On Sand. Musically, their debut album is stripped, but not minimalist. There are few formal restrictions, allowing the music to shift with a SNAP from naive blues, spoken word and completely fragmented pop songs. The lyrics follow these abrupt shifts with endearing absurdity, representing the blogosphere as much as poetry. The result is essentially vulnerable, exposing a youthful, Beckett-like nakedness. Members include Jenny Hval (guitar and voice) and Håvard Volden (guitar).