Sindre Bjerga’s offering for Serious Business is… odd. Strange. A little different. It’s certainly a rather weird choice of two tracks to put on a very short 5-minute CD-R, that’s for sure. Let’s get right to it, because I’m not exactly sure what to make of this disc; I haven’t heard Sindre Bjerga before, so I don’t know the style at all.
A Possible Outbreak of Clinical Hysteria starts off with a one minute title track, of a man growling and another man talking. It reminds me a little bit of old Hammer films, of a monster like Igor in a castle; other than that, though, I’m not really sure what all it adds to this release except to give a context to the title of the release. After that is the longer but not much meatier “Tape Deck Battles with Microphone,” which sounds pretty much exactly like the title suggests. There’s a whirring from the tape deck, some punctuated feedback occasionally, and towards the end, a recorded woman’s voice greeting the listener with “Hello.”
It’s interesting, but at the same time it’s very sparse. For those who don’t know Sindre Bjerga’s output, this is probably not the best place to start. With such a short length, it’s hard to get a grasp on what exactly the artist does besides dabble with things. But sometimes that’s the best sort of experimentation. I’ll leave it up to the listener to make that distinction.