One-Way Ticket To Candyland

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This is the third full-length release from Norway's noise spastics MoHa!. The Wire has called them an "extremist hybrid between free improv, gutter electronics and darkwave scuzz," and they have elsewhere simply been proclaimed the future of Norwegian rock. They may now appear slightly more structured in their music-making on this record, but don't let that lead you into thinking they have gone soft or lost any of their unhinged fire and creative spark. Out of Norway's super-fertile improv scene, MoHa! have boldly been leading the way with a sound that encompasses the best of rock, free jazz and electronic music. Despite the enormity and broad spectrum of sounds that constitute their unique style, it is the work of just two talented young men, Anders Hana on guitar, obsolete electronics, a palette of effects pedals and now also a synth, and Morten J. Olsen on drums, triggering a multitude of noises from each skin and cymbal using custom-built software. Having played together in various projects for around 10 years, they have developed a high level of control and understanding in their musical communication. As anyone who has seen them live during one of many tours in Europe and USA can testify, they compliment and confront each other with sharp and mechanical movements on the one hand, free-flowing and loose gestures on the other. Hana is also a member of Noxagt, and both are members of Ultralyd and legendary Norwegian sax player Frode Gjerstad's excellent free jazz ensemble Circulatione Totale Orchestra.