BJ Nilsen – Irreal (Editions Mego, CD/digital)

BJ Nilsen is a notorious wanderer, a traveller, and so it comes as no surprise that his new album »Irreal« combines field recordings from Austria, Russia, South Korea and the Benelux countries. By processing the sometimes very concrete sounds – animal noises as well as the creaking of doors – with electronic means and bringing them into a coherent flow over three tracks, he also poses central questions about our relationship to nature as listeners. Despite its individual parts being so clearly recognisable, the overall effect of this sound art is exactly as the title promises.