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NEBULOUS

Atomine Elektrine

 

Progressive Electronic

4.33 | 4 ratings

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Guldbamsen
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4 stars Ferry docking

I know what the previous two reviewers have said about this outing, but I honestly don't hear the obvious Berlin School electronics on this. Of course - it is almost impossible to make soothing soundscape-like progressive electronic music without the odd traces of either Schulze or Froese, but this Swedish venture does have its own quality to it. It is first and foremost modern in expression. I hear a wide variety of electronic emanations on this one, that actually sit much closer to Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada than anything coming out of the two German deities' respective outputs.

The music is orbital - slowly developing in circles and sounding like vapour music or maybe the way steam generates. Through massive usage of sequencers and eerie synthesizers - these pieces prance along to the unmistakeable sound of a humongous ferry getting ready to port. That's what my head is telling me that is. You know that slow moving "state", where this giant vessel is approaching the harbour's edge in what seems like real life rendition of slow motion. Add to this slightly mental metaphor a multitude of differentiating laser guns zapping away in the midst of things. These are probably synth generated, but they still feel clinical, robotic and precise like a future invisible scalpel slicing itself into your brain with the utmost accuracy.

Peter Andersson is one of the rare Swedish electronic performers, and with this 2007 release he sure cements his name as one highly original musician in a world of a 1000 Tangerine Dream wanna-bees. The only thing about this music, that I personally feel hark back to the German 1970s - is the way he plays around with the sounds of the ocean, and people who know me around these parts, probably also know that I absolutely adore the sounds of the sea in my music - especially if it's introduced into some tasty Krautrock or swampy Electronic. The first cut here openly incorporates washes of waves - sounding natural and adding to the piece a sense of serenity and fluidity. On other occasions the ocean is presented to the listener as transformed radio signals of gentle white noise getting tweaked and contorted to fit the overall ambiance of the track. So even when we are deeply submersed in sonic electronic ferries docking with all these clonking noises - reverberating like church bells, - we are still manhandled by the whims of the ocean.

How best to describe this album? The television starts a recording career on the basis of finding true gentle melody lines buried in between the static noise of an empty channel, - or maybe beats conjured up by the inner grooves of your old vinyl records - you know when you only get that intimate crackling sound, and all the music is over - just listening to the record spin around on its own axis? Nebulous sounds like that.

I grew up in Denmark watching a very popular cartoon called Cirkeline. She was this tiny little girl who slept in a matchbox and had mice as friends. Often when I listen to this album, I get these images of Cirkeline along with her two friends Ingolf and Frederik - playing a somewhat wild and rhythmically enhanced take on tick tack toe from the insides of a matchbox. Little tiny rattlesnake jitters - shaking along to the docking ferry. Mice percussionists perhaps?

I'd recommend Nebulous to people who are trying to expand their collection of chill out music - to people who want to be swept away by chanting sea vessels in slow cosmic oozing mode. This album is as relaxing as it gets, but it's also very hypnotic and trance inducing. Feels like a million cyborg insects trying to grab a hold of your soul - with one specific little girl involved in the mix wearing a red dress with small black dots on it. They call her Cirkeline.

Guldbamsen | 4/5 |

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