Linus + Økland/Van Heertum/Zach
The distinctive sound of Linus is born from a delicate balance between folk, jazz, minimalism, chamber music and free improvisation. Starting as a duo, Ruben Machtelinckx and Thomas Jillings have always tried to infuse their compositions, which tend towards poetry and simplicity, with the ungraspable spirit of true open-minded improvisation. In the search of new stories to tell, it therefore did not come as a surprise that they chose to expand their palette by including both an eclectic mix of instruments (from banjo and Hardanger fiddle to electronics and an orchestral bass drum) and a range of collaborations with some unique voices in the world of improvised music. Showing much affinity for the thriving Norwegian scene, they collaborated with the likes of Nils Økland, Ingar Zach, Christian Wallumrød and Øyvind Skarbø, as well as Jakob Bro, Frederik Leroux and Niels Van Heertum.
light as never On ‘light as never’, the second album by this constellation and the fifth by Linus overall, one no longer hears a meeting of different worlds, but rather the creation of a new one. A world where the blending of Scandinavian fiddle-tunes, abstract electronic soundscapes, meditatively repeating melodies and jazz-inspired free improv is no longer an experiment, but simply a state of mind. From the joyful interplay of ‘playful’ to the serenity of ‘ostinato’, the microtonal alienation of ‘affirms nothing’ to the wide-eyed energy of ‘conway’, the almost bluesy warmth of ‘light as never’ to the cold emptiness of ‘echo’, nothing about these connections feels contrived. They simply represent a new outlook on improvised music.
released April 20, 2022
Ruben Machtelinckx guitar, baritone guitar, banjo
Thomas Jillings tenor saxophone, alto clarinet, synthesizer
Nils Økland hardanger fiddle
Niels Van Heertum euphonium, trumpet
Ingar Zach percussion
All music improvised by Linus + Økland /Van Heertum/Zach except Light as never composed by Ruben Machtelinckx, Ostinato by Thomas Jillings
Recorded by Stijn Cools at DE SINGEL in June 2021 Except hardanger fiddle recorded by Kjetil Ulland at ABC studio Mixed by Werner Pensaert at Linster Studios Mastered by Gert Van Hoof at Cochlea Artwork and copyright by Ante Timmermans Design by Robin Foesters