Juv Juv

Juv Juv
Norwegian duo Marius von der Fehr and Are Mokkelbost collectively come together as Juv after a 13-year hiatus. Their recent output is a collection of rediscovered hours of music on tape from the mid-'90s. They originally planned to release this material then, but personal matters between the two halted production. Juv means "abyss," a deep, bottomless cave wedged between two mountains. The acoustics found in this space define Juv's dark, reverberating ambient aesthetic. Their self-titled release opens with "Los," an installation piece that involves metal wires attached to two walls, performed with a violin bow. "Sut" was recorded in the woods outside Oslo. The boys waited until dark and proceeded to scream until their throats were raw. The end result is unsettling and difficult to listen to, alluding to feelings of torture and suffering. Closing track "Verk" combines dark, abstract guitar sounds with field recordings from a construction site. From somber tones to abrasive rumblings, Juv's ambient metal will resonate and distort perception. (Miasmah)