Oslo electronic act Joachim
Dyrdahl, who records an epic strain of dance music hailed as “space disco”
under the moniker Disjokke (get it?), takes a drastic left hand turn into
experimental territory on his latest album.
Sagara was initially commissioned by the Norway government as a one-off
project for their Øya
festival, who provided Dyrdahl with the startup funds for creating the
record, giving him a budget that allowed him to head anywhere in the civilized
world to collaborate with whomever he wanted. And with that unfettered carte
blanche, Disjokke headed to Indonesia,
where he absorbed the music of Gamelan in Bandung,
Java, by collaborating with a local group called Sambasunda while using his
free time to capture field recordings of the busy city streets and calm
mountain environs of the region. From there, Joachim traveled to Bali, spending a week soaking in the rhythms of the
island culture, dispersed on this mini-LP’s closing track “Panutup”.
These inspirational treks can be
heard throughout the context of Sagara,
inspiring Joachim’s decision to redirect the creative tide away from any kind
of dance idiom in favor of moody beds of tone-based ambience, of which the
vibes contracted from the Indonesia
trip could be better conveyed.
With Sagara, Disjokke splits the difference between late-period Cluster
and Alan Lomax, offering a most unique world view on 21st Century
Nordic festival music from one of that nation’s most open-minded visionaries.
DOWNLOAD: “Mandena”, “Sengon”, “Panutup” RON HART