Composer and overall talented top chap, Claus Haxholm has teamed up with the local Copenhagen label, Infinite Waves, for his first ever vinyl album and the second vinyl release of the label. With around 150 releases under his belt, most of these being cassette tape, Haxholm has been breathtakingly productive

Other than being a gifted artist, Claus is also an extremely witty reviewer, who in my book made one of the best and frantically hilarious concert reviews this year, when he meticulously described the performance of Goodiepal, Kresten Osgood and Maria Laurette Friis in January. A review that can be found on the Passive/Aggressive blog (in Danish)

Back on track, this is about his brand new album ‘Quantum Paths of Desire’, which is a work embodied by six tracks under his Assembler moniker. Haxholm is no stranger to the Infinite Waves family and appeared on the same label last year with the cassette only ‘Hacking the Reproduction’. In other words Haxholm lives up to the association you get from his name and high-scale hacking maneuvers and hacking is certainly what Assembler succeeds in doing on the new album. Six tracks that easily operate as individual species but simultaneously correlates interchangeably as a grand narrative.

Being well-versed in Doom Metal, Noise, Drone, Dark Ambient, Musique Concrète, No Wave and most recently Free Jazz as
guitar improviser on Infinite Waves’ excellent debut LP “F. E. Denning Descension Orchestra”, he has obtained a widespread understanding of said styles. Thus, Haxholm is no stranger to the craft of fusing a large number of musical elements into his own work and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you can find several examples of that on ‘Quantum Paths of Desire’.

Opening track ‘Cryptographics of Desire” lingers meditatively for three minutes before it actually changes just a little bit. Fratting and repetitive, almost provocatively lazy in its development, it naturally catches your interest from being so nonchalant.

Contrary to the track above, ‘Schizo-Exstatic I-O’ gets straight to business with a majestic bass lead that I suspect uses timpanis (kettledrums) to enhance the dramatic atmosphere. Soon after a monstrous wave of synth flushing happiness engulfs everything but remains in continuous motion and alteration. Check the transition around the 6-minute mark for audible proof of said statement and you’ll definitely agree. Just to boss you a little more around in this joyous mindfuck, Claus kills the crescendo with an unexcpected and devious decision; White noise finale for the last 1 1/2 minutes.

The third and last track I want to bring to the spotlight (although the entire album is great) is ‘Virtual Viking Tears’.
The title is obviously awesome for many reasons, especially if your of Scandinavian descend, but what mesmerizes me here is the mournful chirp originated from an oriental bell and the highly detailed looming of layers. Is this in fact Carl Craig, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Terry Riley having a baby? We can’t be too sure about that though, but the shimmering excellence of Haxholm’s tears is the highlight of an excellent album, which you can buy directly from Infinite Waves now.