There are certain, all-encompassing moments in our lives, where the focus is so heightened, the rest of the world ceases to exist for that singular point in space/ time. Often, these memories stay with us for the remainder of our days, imprinting themselves on our character so deeply that we are unable to escape them – some might argue, they become ingrained in our DNA, & will follow for generations to come.
‘Mette‘, the newest single by Kjetil Jerve – a Norwegian word which roughly translates to ‘Saturating’ in English – is an aptly titled, splendid representation of the emotions evoked/ invoked through masterful composition. Full-of-life, gentle textures absorb the listener, with organic, acoustic ambience encompassing the moment – one can imagine the room: wooden floors, a warming sunlight cast through the curtains, someone finishing a project just outside the window; &, of course, the ever-gracious piano.
Real-life implementations in the work only add to the tangibility of the performance – sophisticated & mollifying blue notes, elegant ‘accidentals’, & other such beautifully humanistic elements, which layer the work with a venturesomeness that captivates the imagination. The rhythm alone is enough to maintain audial attention, with a stuttering arpeggio tap dancing on the snowflakes falling in the melodically conjured landscape.
It’s no simple feat to becharm so minimally; so subtly – Kjetil Jerve does so with profound grace – & to heavy effect. Hopefully, more music is on the way – find out for yourself by following further below:
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Charlie is an audial adventurer, a cultivator of lands, and a time/space explorer. You can find him as @doghousecharlie or @greatwaveband on Bandcamp!