Juv are Norwegian duo consisting of Are Mokkelbost and Marius Von Der Fehr who recently released their self-titled debut on Miasmah (my review comes very soon). The source material for Juv was recorded between 1996 and 1998 and after their ended friendship duo’s music fell into oblivion. Just last year Are decided to look back into the past and together with Marius they refurbished, cut and edited their lengthy meditations, field recordings and musical pain that caught the ear of Erik Skodvin, fellow Norwegian and the founder of Miasmah label.
The visual component to Forvarsel above (published yesterday) was created by Iselin Lønn in the same time as Are and Marius were experiencing their psychically heavy, but creative period. Lønn captured these fragments on her 8mm while living in forlorn cottage isolated from civilization. Movements of wind, night changing the day, fragments of Norwegian county, all is bleak and her analogue editing and cuts almost hysterically scratchy. This is just positive as her patchy approach plays in contrast to the constancy of Forvarsel. Juv’s static drones and minimalist metal feels not just dark, but its firmness sounds unstable, as if the harmony was going to fall into pieces in every upcoming second. The audio-visual combination is genial and so is Juvwho fortunately decided to go through all the nightmares again to release this musical jewel.