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Morten Birkeland Nielsen - Solo project since 2012 (Bergen, Norway)

Influenced by the Berlin School, ambient and soundtracks, he 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 twos cassettes entirely by BREIDABLIK called "Vinter" and "Penumbra". All 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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4.37 | 11 ratings
Vinter
2017
4.28 | 10 ratings
Penumbra
2017
3.68 | 8 ratings
Nhoohr
2019

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Darker Days
2017
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Wastelands
2017

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 Nhoohr by BREIDABLIK album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.68 | 8 ratings

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Nhoohr
Breidablik Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Kindly an acquaintance lended me this Breidablik (2019) NHOOR CD, forewarning me that this was a a declared tribute of Mr. Breidablik to old timers in the Berlin school tradition. I guess the intention would have had a better impression if I actually liked tributes or repetitions, but I don´t like tributes which actually offer no big deal but identifying the effort with famous names and hoping people like repetitions and want to pay real money for effortless & unoriginal works.

I who, actually, own synths and their corresponding gadgets and better yet have played with them, could hardly respect anyone who tries to sell me other people´s music language as tributes and have the guts to charge me for those kind of works. Am I supposed to applaud impersonators? There is where I draw a line between having retro nostalgia fun (or being friends with the respective "artist" ) and recommending it to other real and eager for new PE music followers who would pay with real money and not forged one.

Well, after 7 listenings, I was not amused, in fact the only positive thing that came from those 7 listenings was to come to terms with the idea which underlines the concept of how children prefer repetitions opposite to novelty. This concept was discussed by the long gone master writer Jorge Luis Borges in one of his essays.

Now as for what to expect from this release it all has to do with this concept, if you like TD or Schulze (even though Conrad Schnitzler is mentiones in this album´s marketing ad, he really is just mentioned, but there is no kind of tribute to his music) and love those acts up to the point of actually spending money to feel like they are buying what already has been done by someone else but blindly thinking that it is new, you are in for a thrill. If not well , welcome to the club.

Well........, what else, my friend likes this stuff, I don´t, and less applaud or overrate unoriginal music disguised as "tribute", which somehow is so freely and uncritically accepted in this PA´s sub-genre.

** generous stars.

 The Wastelands by BREIDABLIK album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2017
2.00 | 1 ratings

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The Wastelands
Breidablik Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
2 stars I have to confess I had no big expectations about this album, I have heard a couple of Marius Birkeland Nielsen aka Breidablik's works and they were far of blowing my mind off but it was no surprise, the Progressive Electronic list in PA is full of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze impersonators and some followers expect or think that's the way it should be.

Not me, I repel them like most of those same legends post 70s works, full of over used and abused formulas and overly sweet or Hollywood's action/drama cinema like melodic solutions which have lost any kind of essential identity and spark and are capable of disguising and/or justifying an otherwise unoriginal electronic musical language (even the effort of constructing a personal one or disgracing it, as it happened to those forerunner, permanently).

Well, Breidablik - The Wastelands EP (2015/2017) is not the kind of work for those, like me, who are eager for new Progressive Electronics and not the same old dish turned around and around and sold as new.

If you like TD's 80s works you are in for a thrill, if not just let it vanish in your memory it would not last that long anyway.

**

 Nhoohr by BREIDABLIK album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.68 | 8 ratings

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Nhoohr
Breidablik Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Like Synergy being the name for Larry Fast's electronic project of the 1970s and '80s, Breidablik is the name of a Norwegian electronic project from a guy named Moten Birkeland Nielsen. Nhoohr is the second vinyl release, the third full release overall, and is by far the lengthiest release so far. Once again the Schulze and Tangerine Dream influences are felt, and while there is a lot of familiar territory still covered, I really felt the addition of acoustic guitar on "The Old Forest" was a nice addition. Also the inclusion of drum machine on "Perihelion" was something brand new as well. It's really hard to pick a highlight, as usual with a Breidablik album, but once again proves that Morten is one of the great, newer electronic artists that fans of the Berlin School can get behind (although amusingly, he calls what he does the Bergen School of Electronic Music, mainly due to the fact he's based out of Bergen, Norway). If you need something more upbeat, this isn't for you, but for me, I still can't help but be reminded of the snowy, rocky jagged mountain of Norway. The eerie cover really helps. Really worth your time, once again.
 Nhoohr by BREIDABLIK album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.68 | 8 ratings

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Nhoohr
Breidablik Progressive Electronic

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

4 stars Morton Birkeland Nielsen from Norway is the solo artist who is behind the project known as 'Briedablik', a Progressive Electronic project started in 2012. His music is influenced by the Berlin School. He has released 3 full length albums up to this point, including 'Nhoohr' released in February of 2019. His music is mostly ambient and atmospheric, reminiscent of sparseness and majesty. The album is a product from the Bergen School of Electronic Music.

'Arrival' is a short introductory piece that reflects the ambient yet beautiful style that evokes mindscapes of cold, dark and lonely landscapes. The music is in no hurry to paint a picture. At the end, there is a raspy cry of a crow. 'At the Windswept Plains of Nhoohr' quickly paints the scene of a wintery, sparseness with sustained notes and atmospheric effects. Soon, a repeating electronic loop creates a feeling of movement as cold effects continue, metallic sounds, water flowing, wind and so on. Soon a slow electronic improvised melody is established. Later, there are sustained and slow changes, interesting effects, as the loop continues on. At around 7 minutes, a 2nd loop shadows the first, but then that soon all fades out as effects continue. A new electronic theme comes in around 9 minutes with an almost vocal effect also joins for a short time. This is soon replaced by a drone and soon an organ plays a slowly descending pattern over it all. Before 13 minutes, the loop returns with sustained synth chords ebbing and flowing. After 14 minutes, it all fades.

'Clouddancing' starts with wind chimes tinkling and a synth and guitar establish a native style melody. There is also a softly thumping bass that emulates a steady drum beat. After a few minutes, this fades and there are sustained chords and effects that slowly build. Around 6 minutes, an electronic loop starts and atmospheric synths give a celestial atmosphere of floating. Again, the wind chime effect comes in and everything eventually fades after 10 minutes.

'The Old Forest' fades in with chirping birds, wind effects and an acoustic guitar playing softly. Soon another one joins it. They stop after a while and the natural sounds continue with a loon, running water, crows cawing. A dark ambient synth comes in playing slow chord changes. Brighter synths also come in playing a barely discernable melody, but it's a nice sound. Birds soon come in again. Then the acoustic guitar comes back, but more upfront this time accompanied by beautiful synths and this continues until after 6 minutes.

'Strange Lands' starts with low droning synths. Spacey effects come in while another synth plays a melody. Things stay mostly ambient with the spaciness continuing until after 5 minutes. More natural sounds as a warbling synth comes in and more mysterious sounding effects. Things intensify a bit with the addition of a synth-bass loop. The track continues with the style of interesting effects until after 11 minutes when it fades.

'Perihelion' utilizes a bright loop and soft percussion as chords ebb and flow in a more commercial style track, not too unlike Tangerine Dream. As it continues, it becomes quite lush. The bonus track from Bandcamp is called 'Shadows' and is also just over 5 minutes like the previous track. It is a slow moving track with synth chords and halfway through, a low drone comes in and everything builds to a nice climax. You can imagine the sun rising on a frozen tundra that hasn't seen the sun in months.

The overall sound on this album is ambient, yet it is also melodic to a certain degree. The biggest surprise was on the lovely track 'The Old Forest' with the use of acoustic guitars. Other than that, this is mostly electronic music that moves slowly, but echoes of wide, frozen expanses. I am glad that there isn't a lot of percussion on here since it is mostly electronic and it gives credence to the dark ambience that permeates most of the album. It isn't for everyone, but as far as ambient electronica, it is very well done with a few nice surprises tucked away for those that are patient.

 Penumbra by BREIDABLIK album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.28 | 10 ratings

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Penumbra
Breidablik Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402
Prog Reviewer

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
4.37 | 11 ratings

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Vinter
Breidablik Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402
Prog Reviewer

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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