Nils Petter Molvaer, Khmer

by Sarah Zupko


Borrowing the groove of house and techno and steeped in the trumpet stylings of late period Miles Davis, Nils Petter Molvaer creates an intoxicating blend of sounds on Khmer. Respecting the boundaries of no genre, Molvaer fully realizes the potential of jazz fusion with his forays into ambient soundscapes informed by the latest UK drum’n'bass and trip-hop, exports, while firmly grounded in jazz technique. There is also a strong Middle Eastern and Indian vibe running through Khmer that is most apparent on “Access/Song of Sand I”. Khmer is not just for jazz aficionados, but also for fans of the experimental electronica of Underworld, Orbital, Aphex Twin, and The Orb.



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