Title: Fauna
Artist: Duelling Ants
Release Date: 2015 March 29
Genre: Ambient Pop
License: CC BY-NC
Label: Mars Melons


This is one of those releases that I discovered last summer while working on the Netlabel Profiles shows I did for the Netlabel Day event. Duelling Ants: Fauna is one of the releases from that project that has stuck with me.

Duelling Ants: Fauna

Why has it stuck with me all summer? ¬†Because the approach to music making on this release is both very experimental, and well executed. Each¬†of the tracks unfolds gradually, one layer at a time… Layer by layer is is built up until the whole becomes apparent. ¬†It’s kind of like watching a time-lapse film of a flower opening, but in reverse.

Each instrument is inserted into the piece in such a way that the song has to be re-balanced, the central focus shifts as the experience of the song changes.  But this layer never turns the piece(s) upside down, or has any jarring effect.

More¬†interesting is the manner in which both noise and field recordings are used, and balanced within this work. ¬†In many artists hands the use of either of these elements would just be an accent or something that is used to hit the listener over the head with. ¬†But not on this release. ¬†Noises and natural sounds are intricate, balanced elements of these pieces. ¬†They are so much a part of the pieces, you can’t imagine the song being possible without them.

And that’s what strikes me about this work: the ideas of experimentation have found a middle-ground with solid and careful compositional structure. ¬†Every piece on this release is as fascinating to listen to today as it was four or five¬†months ago when I started working on the Netlabel Profile series.


Hans Marius T. Jacobsen, (aka Duelling Ants) states in the release notes for Fauna:

On this project I’ve been interested in the idea of melodies and grooves that force themselves out through thick layers of sound, reach the surface, and fade out.

Mission accomplished, and a lot more in my opinion.

Duelling Ants: Fauna

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Posted by George De Bruin