Fresh from being anointed Norway’s representative for the Burn Residency 2017, Thomas Skjærstad took on the Jæger mix. A joyful Skjærstad greeted us through a mix all a twitter with samples of birds and deep rolling bass lines, chugging off the mark with a determined resolve. He had obvious reason to be in good spirits and brought a bright energy to the mix through reserved tempos where half-time kicks and off beat snares meshed amongst the swell of the lower frequencies while the higher regions were dominated by thinly veiled pads and the resonances of atmospheric field recordings.
Between these spaces a void exists, sucking the listener into its vacuous embrace. Skjærstad exudes a cool demeanor through his selections where he finds a sinuous thread between tracks, cultivating a defined sound in this mix. His progression is steadily controlled, never allowing the tracks leave the narrative of the mix, bringing a dynamism to the minutiae of their personality through the way he brings different pieces together.