Drawing elements from post-rock and trip-hop, Bergen’s Línt creates the kinds of atmospheric melodies that both embodies and alleviates the seasonally affective ennui we’re all dancing with at this time of year. Their music delicately merges pop with symphonic and ambient elements, but is also punctuated by barrages of crescendoing noise that assault with their sentiment and strength.
Utilizing a sort of gestalt approach to their work, Línt often incorporates visual elements to provide more powerful, avant-garde sensory experiences (they’ve even held silent movie concerts in the past.) In their new video, Trips, they maintain their cross-media consistency by effectively translating their audio noise into the visual realm. Just as Línt’s vocals are obscured by thick layers of shoegazing reverb, Trips rejects high-resolution visual clarity in favor of overexposed imagery at frames-per-second speeds.
The narrative of the video draws inspiration from Jens Bjørneboe’s History of Bestiality trilogy, an infamous work from one of Norway’s famed literary figures (who is also fascinating in his own right.) In Trips, they focus in particular on a depressed executioner character from Bjørneboe’s Powderhouse (“Kruttårnet“), reinterpreting how the executioner would live and operate today.
This historical inspiration craftily blends with subtle allusions to current pop culture: in the video we can glimpse passing references to Stranger Things and American Horror Story, as well as recognizable and disturbingly modern campaign slogans and propaganda. As the executioner character—”a man just performing his duty”—goes out to literally and figuratively paint the town red, this dystopian reinterpretation combines with Línt’s aesthetic style to chilling effect.
If you’re in Copenhagen, you can experience Línt’s instrumental intensities yourself: ahead of their upcoming Swiss-German tour they’ll be playing this Wednesday (25/1) at Huset. With the atmospheric impact they have live, let them be the antidote for your winter tedium.