Duck-Rabbit is a challenging record and a continously renewed and rewarding listening experience. The music is elaborated, intense and organic, electronic and yet terribly human. Alog are setting new standards in contemporary music and extend the usual sonic lexicon to new extremes.
The Milk Factory (UK)
There is a fresh and intriguing creativity at work here, from the slowly pulsing hum which starts the album to the unexpectedly normal sounding acoustic guitar which ends it. Whatever you call it, there are some moments of strange beauty appearing at regular intervals. Unclassifiable CD of the week.
Birmingham Post (UK)
Lord knows what they put in the water in Norway, because this is one of the country´s most mindblasting sonic exports yet. The duo´s futuristic chop-suey is at once atonal and organically musical. After a while their electro experiments become less avant garde then they first seemed, although the vibe is always futuristic and innovative. Should appeal to lovers of Radiohead or ambient electronica, humans and aliens alike.
Alog´s 1999 debut release "Red Shift Swing" is still one of the most rewarding albums of the last few year, and "Duck-Rabbit" turns out to be a more than worthy successor. Kim Hiorthøy´s sublime graphics adorn the cover, another Rune Grammofon gem. This is a label on top of its game, and this is a genuinely beautiful album, confirming Alog as one of modern music´s most interesting groups.
BBC Online (UK)
It´s techno, minimalism, electronica, post-rock. It´s original, it´s derivative, it´s spontaneous, it´s contrived. Familiar instrumental sounds leave their mark then merge or transform into shadowy traces. Alog make composed music in which sounds coincide in ways that seem unplanned. An acoustic guitar coda adds a neatly perverse finishing touch to this intriguing album.
The Wire, UK
They will probably not achieve the same commercial success as Røyksopp, but their inventive and adventurous ways should give them worldwide cult status. "Duck-Rabbit" follows the fantastic debut "Red Shift Swing" and here they continue their unique musical explorations. 5/6.
There are elements from Pink Floyd to Aphex Twin and Kim Hiorthøy. Quiet and tasteful experimental electronica that is in posession of an elegance lacking in many of their colleagues. It´s disturbing and beautiful at the same time, with easy floating melodies and intricate rhythms. 5/6.
Plan B, NO
"Duck-Rabbit" is a delightfully gentle, continuously intriguing record. Combining the intimacy of homestudio recording,the use of analogue gear, and hands on playing with laptop technology and extensive processing, Alog creates a strange, personal hybrid, as indicated by the album´s title.Gossomar strands of melody and disorienting fragments of rhythm come and go within Alog´s constantly shifting bed of digital detritus. Alog, like many of the artists on Rune Grammofon, brings together organic and digital elements to create music that is at once quite human, yet strangely alien in nature. But a sense of warmth, absent from so much modern experimental music, permeates this work.
Under The Volcano, US
Alog swirls, balances and bends in a very humanistic artificial manner. Although it may appear as something of a contradiction, the sound of the Norwegian duo is as organic as an electronic act could be. Combining instruments and technologies is just the beginning, as the duo throws techno, rock, improvisation and jazz into the mixing bowl. The resulting tracks, especially "Islands of Memory" and the title cut, are hypnotic hybrids that sound less experimental than they actually are. Compared to its 1999 debut "Red Shift Swing", "Duck-Rabbit" is more up-tempo and assertive, showing Alog´s shift toward a sound that is more accessible. To put it simply: Alog sounds the way Radiohead wishes they sounded. While "Duck-Rabbit" isn´t for every Radiohead fan, those intrigued by Kid A and Amnesiac will find themselves enamored with Alog. Philadelphia Weekly, US
The sophomore record from the sample-happy duo of Espen Sommer Eide and Dag-Are Haugan, "Duck-Rabbit" is at once pastoral and disorienting, adding up to a sort of gentle, lulling psychedelia.
Austin American Statesman, US
The sounds on the nine pieces here warp, evolve and mutate, constantly shifting from one thing into another without really ever pinning themselves down to being one thing or another. The sounds on the nine pieces here warp, evolve and mutate, constantly shifting from one thing into another without really ever pinning themselves down to being one thing or another. I´ve been listening to it fairly intensly for over three weeks now, must have heard it dozens of times and it still keeps on asking you to come back and have another go. Like the duck-rabbit figure, it´s different every time you approach it. Both the gorgeous packaging and beautiful titles of the pieces makes the thing a fine object to have around, an artful box that produces fascinating sounds, as well as picking up on the interest in change, metamorphosis, mutation and memory. I still haven´t decided if it's a duck or a rabbit, by the way. Or something else entirely.