On their second full-length, supergroup Piiptsjilling set out to both deepen and roughen up the pastoral and peaceful sound of their 2008 debut release. A coherent unit formed by guitar & poetry duo Jan and Romke Kleefstra as well as Machinefabriek's Rutger Zuydervelt and Soccer Committee's Mariska Baars, the band delineate increasingly dark lyrical textures resonating with nocturnal atmospheres and tactile sound-operations on guitar, pedals and various looping devices. Building on patient and immersive improvisations and working with both sonorous drones and ghostly micronoises, Wurdskrieme moves at a dream-pace, substituting linear logic with a brushwood of metaphors and emotional abstractions. The underlying feeling of a subcutaneous tension is further accentuated by Jan Kleefstra's expressionist poetry delivered in the language of his native Friesland, a province in the far North of the Netherlands. Contrasting serene soundscapes like opener "Unkrud" with more tranquil moments featuring acoustic instrumentation ("Wurch"), the result spans up a sonic space that not only represents an evolution from their earlier work, but also takes them far beyond traditional categories and conventions.
released October 10, 2010
Words by Jan Kleefstra
Music by Mariska Baars, Romke Kleefstra and Rutger Zuydervelt
Recorded at Studio Landscape, March 6/7, 2010
by Jan Switters and Koos van der Velde
Like a choir whispering in an immense cathedral, spacious, intimate, vulnerable, fragile, mystical, meditative, surrounded by floating softly dancing dreams coloring the room with their soft shadows, where light slowly pushes the dark away, up into the air, wondering where to go. Gently the darkness turns into light, and light hides itself again. Dream on, dream on. Our little lives are rounded with a sleep... Frank Huser