Wave header image graphic banner
Public Radio For Eastern North Carolina 89.3 WTEB New Bern 88.5 WZNB New Bern 91.5 WBJD Atlantic Beach 90.3 WKNS Kinston 88.1 W201AO Greenville 88.5 WHYC Swan Quarter
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
US

The Eivind Aarset 4-Tet, 'Manta Ray, Or Soft Spot'

Eivind Aarset does everything in his power to make his guitar not sound like an instrument with six strings and a body tethered to earth. That's been the case for decades, netting the Norwegian gigs with like-minded sound sculptors Nils Petter Molvaer and Jon Hassell. "Manta Ray, or Soft Spot" — from Phantasmagoria, or A Different Kind of Journey — shimmers just below the ocean's surface with a translucent hypnosis. Over seven minutes, the ambient-jazz 4-Tet (along with guests) undulates the piece with resonant gongs, vibraphone, Arve Henriksen's fluttering trumpet and groaning, synth-like transmissions from – at least, what we have to assume is – Aarset's guitar. This is music that responds to the movement of its ever-changing environment that, especially, in the final minutes, opens to the sudden whims of euphoria.

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

US
Listen to the Viking's Choice playlist, subscribe to the newsletter.