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BREIDABLIK

Progressive Electronic • Norway


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Breidablik biography
BREIDABLIK is a one-man electronic project from Bergen, Norway lead by Morton Birkeland Nielsen. Influenced by the Berlin School, ambient and soundtracks, they have managed so far a split cassette with the wonderful symphonic prog act Jordsjø called Songs from the Northern Wasteland (an obvious reference to Michael Hoenig's Departure from the Northern Wasteland) and a cassette entirely by BREIDABLIK called Vinter. Both are limited edition, but available for download at Bandcamp.

This music is far too good to be available only as downloads and limited edition cassettes, but a deal with Pancromatic Records will help solve some of that problem. Regardless the music is in the vein of Tangerine Dream and Schulze, with ambient passages that gives you reminders of the cold rocky north of Norway. Highly recommended. I only hope the best for BREIDABLIK, a great act that should be a force to reckon with in the EM community.

(Progfan97402)

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4.67 | 3 ratings
Vinter
2017
4.69 | 4 ratings
Penumbra
2017

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Darker Days
2017

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 Penumbra by BREIDABLIK album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.69 | 4 ratings

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Penumbra
Breidablik Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402

5 stars Penumbra is a new release from Breidablik, an EM project headed by Morten Birkeland Nielsen from Bergen, Norway. Here this album got released on vinyl on Pancromatic Records, this was the same label that issued the double vinyl set from Jordsjø, a wonderful prog rock band not unlike Wobbler or Änglagård. Speaking of Jordsjø, they released a split cassette with Breidablik called Songs from the Northern Wasteland. Breidablik then went and released Vinter, which is 100% Breidablik, on limited edition cassette (you can download it on Bandcamp). Penumbra simply takes what was done on Vinter one step further. Once again, lots of nice use of analog and analog modelling synths, as well as an Omenie Mellotron M3000. What's that? A Mellotron iPad app, that's what it is! From judging on the gear he uses, like the MicroKorg, Arturia Microbrute, Korg Monotribe, the Korg ARP Odyssey (yes, Korg resurrected the old ARP classic) and others, he uses lot of small, portable lightweight gear and puts them to great use. What took huge bulky gear for Tangerine Dream to accomplish what they did in the mid '70s, one can do something similar on small gear like what Morten does here. I own a MicroKorg and it's a wonderful, small, lightweight machine, about the size and weight of a 1980s toy Casio for children, but it's a wonderful synth capable of classic analog synth sounds, as well as an arpeggiator and vocoder, and I can see how Morten included one. The Monotribe is a sequencer that he uses here, but don't expect in-your-face Ricochet-sequencer overdrive as the sequencer use here is mid-paced. The music has an often eerie feeling like you're in the cold, barren areas of northern Norway. The music has a frequently ambient feel, particularly when the sequencers aren't being used. What I'm getting at is the music here is Berlin School style electronic music, although I've seen Breidablik's Bandcamp page call it the "Bergen School of electronic music", mainly because Morten Birkeland Nielsen hails from Bergen. Other than that, it's very much as you expect out of Berlin School electronic music. While Tangerine Dream, Schulze and the likes are to be felt, this isn't a clone. I can see Breidablik making a big impression in the world of electronic music, and Penumbra only proves that and very much worth hearing!
 Vinter by BREIDABLIK album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.67 | 3 ratings

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Vinter
Breidablik Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402

5 stars It was only since September 2017 that I discovered Jordsjø, which is perhaps the finest prog act I have ever heard in a long time. As a bonus, I found out about Breidablik exactly the same time as Jordsjø released a split cassette with Breidablik called Songs from the Northern Wasteland. It shouldn't take much to figure out where they got that title from. In case you didn't, it's Michael Hoenig's Departure from the Northern Wasteland. That cassette even used the same Tangerine Dream typefont used on some of their album like Atem and Rubycon. Anyways Breidablik is quite different from Jordsjø, instead of '70s style symphonic prog, you get full-on Berlin School-influenced electronic music. Admittedly that Breidablik influence occasionally has itself felt on Jordsjø, like "Under Aurora B", "Fugløkallen" and "Postludium", but generally the music sticks with symphonic prog. Breidblik is a one-man project lead by Morten Birkeland Nielsen. He uses different types of analog and analog modelling synths. Vinter is the first release that's entirely by Breidablik, released on limited edition cassette and download. While the influence of Tangerine Dream and Schulze are felt, it has a sound all its own. Sequencers tend to be more midpaced, they don't go into Ricochet-style overdrive. There are plenty of more ambient moments that get me thinking of the vast rocky terrain of northern Norway. Morten certainly done it right the first time, and I can see him/Birkeland to be a force to be reckoned with in the electronic music world. This is a great cassette really worth your time!
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