The title of this album means 'memories of absence' and in a sense, this is exactly what it is: Often no more than sketches, these tracks were recorded as a means to remember - but somehow forgotten. They are tape recordings, usually unedited and improvised, documenting fragile personal feelings of moments past. You hear the hiss of the tape spinning as fingers hit the strings, at times dwelling, at others stumbling, as if they're trying to feel their way in the dark.
All sounds and art by øjeRum
released February 16, 2015
"In listening to this tape, I find it disarmingly easy to completely lose track of time. Only after the tape player clicks off at the end of each side am I startled back to reality. This phenomenon repeats itself quite naturally; even after a few dozen listens, I’m still processing the nuances and depths of the album, trying to anticipate particular instances of fret noise or tape warble.
"That there is an eeriness behind methodical progression of Fraværsminder is a statement that needs no elaborate justification. Look no further than the cross-stitched figure on the album’s cover, and you will find the core of minimalist music’s fascination with memory and decay. That to which the stark, anonymous subject of Grabowski’s collage silently bears witness is made explicit in his song craft: no matter how hard you try, you can never relive your memories – you can only hope to preserve them."
"ØJERUM picks up where HORROR FICTION's essential cassette edition of SANGE TIL DOENDE left off, exploring deep ambient folk passages, kinda like post rock drained almost to the point of nothingness, hovering in the ether just above the tape hiss, perhaps informed by the quietest sides of HOOD and TALK TALK but more minimalist and dreamlike with otherworldly weirdness lurking akin to TIME-LAG's anonymous lp."
- PSI LAB