There Is A Flaw In My Iris

by øjeRum

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Limited Edition Cassette released by A Giant Fern, September, 2014. Sold out.

agiantfern.bandcamp.com/album/there-is-a-flaw-in-my-iris

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released January 9, 2007

"øjeRum is most definitely a listener. Very attuned to the feelings underneath what we say and project. When he does speak, its gently but he’s better with a j-card canvas and a beautifully tuned guitar that captures both the sparkle and fade. It is no coincidence There is a flaw in my iris captures the flawlessness in noted flaws. Those unique blemishes that we show only with those we are closest. It’s why we need øjeRum; the ugly into the romantic. My booming need of voice given a depth and solitude."
- Tiny Mix Tapes

"(...) a reflective and well-paced album of tape recordings featuring electro-acoustic pieces for guitar, synth, and voice. These pieces are so delicate, and not in the fragile sense, but rather they never once overstep their bounds or become unwieldy. Moving at a slow and consistent tempo, acoustic guitar melodies provide the shell for other explorative sounds of whistles, bells, plucked strings, chimes, and clicks to develop and swim through the open space. Just like his collage work, øjeRum’s music demands detailed inspection to pick up on some of the intricacies: the faint, glitchy reverberations surrounding the acoustic guitar on “Mist”, the dissonant twinge in the repeating melody line of “When”, the muted trumpet on “Picture”, the backwards glassy synth on “Matka”. The mix was superbly handled, allowing the guitar to breathe on its own while other elements weave and intertwine themselves. The vocals are sung deeply and delicately but retain their overall power in the middle of the spectrum. It’s my new standard for electroacoustic mixing reference; a simply beautiful work."
– Tabs Out Cassette Podcast

"There is a flaw in my iris is a mostly placid affair: gentle, restrained, unassuming, like the quiet of an autumn night. The acoustic guitar of Denmark’s øjeRum is joined by tiny chimes, subdued electronics and humble vocals"
– A Closer Listen

"øjeRum is a Danish composer of feather light compositions comprised of acoustic guitar and voice, usually accompanied by field recordings or auxiliary noise. What he can do with this limited palate is astounding. From the first down stroke øjeRum creates space where feeling wistful and nostalgic and all sorts of ennui is appropriate and welcome. The space between those barely strummed guitar lines are mile-wide chasms to hurl all your insecurities about the future and in return get back memories of being brave. øjeRum's voice, a deeply understated thing, often sounds like it was recorded in another room or right up close, whiskers scratching the mic. This immediacy and intimacy make this album so familiar sounding although it comes from multiple time zones away. Getting this tape in the mail is the equivalent of finding a t-shirt from your home town in a thrift store thousands of miles away. The usual questions come up, but you are just happy to see something familiar."

"Sparse and melancholy acoustic pieces that float with the weight of a feather. There is a Flaw in my Iris was put out via Portugal's A Giant Fern, which boasted an impressive crop of experimental music this year. This Danish composer/singer-songwriter can blow down a house with little more than a whisper. This stuff gets into the cracks of the foundation and reopens old wounds you thought you'd plastered over years ago."
– Tome To The Weather Machine

"Archival release of delicate guitar and vocal from øjeRum with There Is A Flaw In My Iris on A Giant Fern. Eight tracks recorded in in 06/07, Fragile sounds. Melancholy at times, but given a more studied listen, really quite moving and joyous in an odd understated kind of way. Beautiful touches abound, subtle layering of vocals that whisper on top and around each other, hissing tape underpinning sparse and effective acoustic guitar. Curious, not quite like much else and in a wonderful way."
– Guide Me Little Tape

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