The New York Times
Fe-Mail and Carlos Giffoni
Static is probably the most pedestrian sound on "Northern Stains"
(Important), the product of a recent encounter between Carlos Giffoni,
an electronic improviser, and Fe-Mail, a noise-proficient Norwegian
electro-duo. Mr. Giffoni met his collaborators Maja Ratkje, a
respected avant-garde vocalist, and Hild Sofie Tafjord, who plays
French horn at the No Fun Fest, a smorgasbord of atonality he
organizes annually in Brooklyn. Recorded in Oslo, the album has a
predictably wide textural palette, rich in abrasive properties. But it
rarely feels random. On a minute-and-a-half track called "Come, You
Are," a windshield-spray succession of splotches, burbles and bleeps
only partly obscures a distinctly cardiac rhythm. Its pattern is
regular but hardly metronomic it seems to speed up as the track
builds and its dimensions are incredibly close. Hear it on
headphones, and you might momentarily think the heartbeat is your own.