Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Erland Dahlen - Clocks [Hubro Music]

Put on the circuit via Norway's Hubro Music in early September is "Clocks", the latest album effort catered by Spellemannspris-nominee and highly active musician / composer Erland Dahlen who is coming at us with six new tracks comprised of sounds taken from or created by sources as droneboxes, log drum, knives and forks, mellotron, marbles on metal plates and many others which are spread out over a total playtime of 39 minutes. The opening title track provides quite a dense scenic atmosphere meandering in between Ambient and Electronica whilst catering a krautsy feel which is kinda comparable to early releases of the Moritz Von Oswald Trio, "Glas" presents more of an early morning, pre-dawn calmness in terms of atmosphere which is nicely contrasted by complex, stumbling and nearly incomprehensible rhythm signatures and tender guitar works whereas "Ship" comes up with a massive 80s drum aesthetic and an overall feel influenced by what we'd refer to as epic Progressive Glam Rock on a contemporary tip - think Pink Floyd here, but only in parts. The "Bear" brings more large scale 80s drums and Ambient Prog Rock vibes, "Lizard" - remixed by Hallvard W. Hagen - is built around a repetetive synth loop motif, eerie retrofuturistic beauty and more rhythmic complexity whilst the final cut "Wood" amalgamates Field Recordings, ambient'esque atmospheres and droning guitars for an excellent closure that is about to please both fans and listeners from various sides of the musical spectrum. And so is the whole album which therefore is recommended to a wide range of open minded music lovers.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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