Bendik Hovik Kjeldsberg’s face is pretty well known for Norwegian concert goers as he’s playing drums with established artists such as Nils Bech, Pantha du Prince, Bendik, Marit Larsen, Ivan Ave, Charlotte Dos Santos and Hanne Hukkelberg. His rather recent solo project was initially teased with the two singles “Indigo Interceptor” (2017) and “Silver 912” (2018), with his debut EP “Depot” released this December.
Bendik HK’s take on techno is a breath of fresh air, as he incorporates distinct elements of ambient, electronica and jazz in a very tasteful way. The four compositions are highly melodic and harmonic, while at the same time maintaining a definite percussive focus with lots of interesting rhythmical details. In an interview Bendik reveals that all of the four tracks are titled after particular cars in his grandfather’s (and later his father’s) car museum – «Black Dino», «Glacier Blue Skylark», «Grey E» and «Dark Green 51».
He also recounts that he’s inspired by the balancing point between dream and reality, mentioned David Lynch, and the sensation of falling in and out of sleep in the backseat of a car, picking up fragments of conversations and sounds. Top track: Opener and ambient banger “Black Dino”.
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