nils bech Echo (digipak CD, £10.50)label: D.F.A.
DFA release the first album for the label from acclaimed Norwegian avant-garde pop vocalist Nils Bech. A busy stage actor and singer already well known in his native Norway for three albums released on Oslo’s Fysisk Format, ‘Echo’ marks a pivotal turning point for Bech and something of a radical sonic departure too. The keys to this change lie with Bech’s new collaborator, the young underground DJ, producer and beat maker Drippin’, known for his work with American rap artists such as LE1F and Cakes Da Killa. As a result, where his previous work was strange, ethereal and otherworldly - completely and utterly unique - ‘Echo’ throbs with a renewed sense of vigour and urgency, without losing any of the idiosyncratic beauty which marked Bech’s work before. “The results are something rather special […] ‘Echo’ matches wonderfully absorbing soundscapes and shuddering beats to Nils’ fragrant vocals.” - Clash Music.
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