Clubbing isn't exactly meant to be a transformative experience. From the occasional hookup and embarrassing Snapchat stories to the inevitable drunk texts we wish we could magically delete, it can be fun and even memorable, but how many of us can ever say that stepping into a club turned out to be a life-altering experience for us? Bendik Giske counts himself as one of those people. After a visit to Berlin's notorious Berghain club that left him at first feeling dismissive of the club culture, he eventually embraced it and soon found himself inspired to translate the whole experience through his own music.

Rather than offering up a straight-ahead recreation of pulsing four-on-the-floor dance music, he instead chose to create something denser and challenging by comparison that owes just as much to Burial's Untrue as it does to the spirit club music. His appropriately titled debut Surrender is a collection of free-form and atmospheric pieces that hinge on little else than his saxophone and his voice. Working with Amund Ulvestad, a producer specializing in sound installations that attended secondary school with Giske, they came up with the idea of applying tiny microphones over Giske and his saxophone, and the results are pretty fascinating.

The circular breathing techniques applied to 'Up' and 'Adjust' cause his saxophone to leap and contort in all different directions, winding and swirling in dizzying ways that create a sense of giddy tension; 'Hole' moves at a creeping pace like a bank of dense fog rolling in from the sea before quietly dissolving, and 'Stall' is a somber piece in which Giske's sax croaks in a mournful tone. 'Through' meanwhile goes off the rails with a particularly unhinged solo and the patter of Giske's keys providing percussion. While unconventional in its approach, the music is itself is still pretty accessible and even alluring. It's a thrilling experience that finds him stretching the limitations of what he considers to be his tool of creation to create something as equally memorable as the experience that inspired him in the first place.