"Elektronikkens syntetiske og livgivende biotop. Browen er lig med wow. ..essensen af Browen er den fantastisk organiske plasticitet, som – sært nok – synes at udspringe fra Bjørn Svins mesterlige manipulation af syntetisk lyd." 5/6
In some respects, Browen sounds like little else in the contemporary electronic scene. It's as if the nine years Svin's spent not releasing new material has enabled him to wipe the slate clean (his last contribution to the Danish techno scene was 2001's Kan Tropisk), and bring a refreshingly new sensibility to the experimental electronic playing field. .. Svin's music may have dance rhythm roots, but the album finds him pushing his music far beyond it by recasting the genre's associated conventions in bold manner.
"Farverigt. Bjørn Svin skuffer ikke med sine avantgardistiske toner, der tager tilhøreren med ud på en musikalsk farverejse. Troldmanden Bjørn Svin skaber lydlandskaber, hvor de krøllede rytmer bliver kilet ind og drejet rundt i en forbløffende bred vifte af klange, der drejes og forskydes som gentagne omformuleringer i stedet for faste takter." 4/6
"Hvor den elektroniske musik lader hånt om musikalske konventioner, lader Bjørn Svin for sit eget vedkommende hånt om denne uafhængighed og bevæger sig ubesværet ind og ud af den... Bjørn Svin stiller på Browen store krav til lytteren, men det er værd at sidde igennem." 7/10
"Med »Browen« lever Bjørn Svin omsider op til alle de forventninger, der er knyttet til ham. Her byder han nemlig ind med en filtret og fabelagtig musik, der ét øjeblik er sjælfuld, eftertænksom og organisk og det næste hikstende, energisk og plastichård med mindelser om Aphex Twin og Autechre... Det er ganske enkelt elektronisk musik på højt, højt internationalt niveau.." 5/6
For hver gennemlytning opstår nye kemiske forbindelser, og selv om Browen er en gennemsyntetisk og computerskabt sag, beskrives den i virkeligheden nok bedst som et organisk fatamorgana. ..Bjørn Svin er i den grad tilbage med Browen. Men man skal have god tid til at byde ham indenfor.
"Bjoern Svin is a man with a story and many faces; with one foot he plays wild Techno, with the other he is one of the most interesting experimental electronica artists I know so far. He paints pictures with sounds, when you listen to his music you feel his thoughts, his moves, his eyes, and than you recognize that you are far away just listening to his music. Unbelievable!
Now in 2010 he five years after his last release “Inside Buddy” he returns with a new, let me say it right from the start, masterpiece called “Browen”."
the craft he learned as a slave to the dancefloor has supplied him with a set of tools to brew something warm and wonderful. The music is all about digital perfection as programmed by a humane soul. 'Browen' breathes crisp suspense in a mind-wandering manner..
Bjørn Svin is unique. Full stop.
And with "Browen" he has succeeded in creating an album that deviates from sounding like anything else within the contemporary electronic scene, as well as marking a new era in Bjørn's versatile work as a composer.
In spite of intense activity it has in fact been nine years since Bjørn Svin sprayed vitamins into the Danish techno scene by releasing an album, "Kan Tropisk" from 2001. Although he is still able to deliver aggressive techno (try seeing him live!) the pace on "Browen" has been turned down remarkably, even to such a degree that many will be surprised that Bjørn Svin is behind it.
"Browen" is released exactly 15 years after Bjørn's very first release, the single "Diskonat" from '95, which was released when he was only 19 years old. Later came hits like "Mer Strøm #2", "Mand Over Bord" and the album "Benene På Nakken". All of these have since become classics in his home country, and made Denmarks first techno star!
Time has passed and Bjørn has gone from being the man who brought humour, madness and musical originality to the scene, to having moved himself away from the audience's expectations and ultimately away from Denmark. Based in Berlin and New York, Bjørn Svin has developed a form of exile from the electronic music scene and "Browen" is in its specificity a natural result of it.
Bjørn Svin’s sound in 2010 is marked by a strange and a mature sincerity that - mixed with a childlike naivety and curiosity - causes the most soulful Bjørn Svin release to date. The humorous playfulness that characterised Bjørn’s earlier music has evolved into an even more playful character, where humour and irony is replaced with eccentricity and lively timbre, for example heard on the title track opening the album.
"Browen" is also characterised by its liberty of genre, and as the naughty boy of the class he has always been, Bjørn Svin breaks all the usual rules within the club music he originates from. The minimalistic single "bowbrow" is completely devoid of beats, but contains in its simplicity a power and a soul that is rarely heard within newer electronic music. On the closer "BooO" Jacob "I Got You On Tape" Bellens' voice suddenly appears and testifies to a newfound calmness and depth of sound, where harsh metallic sounds create stir in a sea of organic-sounding electronics.
"Browen" has musical references to electronic pioneers like Raymond Scott and Morton Subotnick while the Sheffield Sound of the 90's (Warp Records, Autechre), early Aphex Twin and Cristian Vogel's wry swinging techno also can be felt. Mood-wise Bjørn himself mentions Mozart, Steve Reich, Ligeti, Ella Fitzgerald and African singer/songwriters as Baaba Maal and Rokia Traoré as inspiration.