The inclination to switch this music off as early as the first track was more than extremely tempting due to the monotonous ambient dirge drifting out from my headphones. Certainly, I thought, this is not how I would wish to spend my precious listening time when there are so many worthwhile avenues of musical pleasure to enjoy and delight me more fully than this before me. The thing is, compared to today’s normal standards, the album is quite short at just over 38 minutes and so I did throw “caution to the wind” and continued to listen throughout to the six tracks in their entirety and what’s more played it through a couple of times to see if I might be missing something. From a listening perspective I can conclude the music did pick up somewhat, gradually developing along more interesting lines as the arrangements progressed and expanded. A point to note is that track one is badly positioned in the track running order and sets the tone for the rest of the album, a more positive outlook would be generated if this track was either removed or hidden amongst the other tracks, Overall the music is quite similar in style throughout the six tracks with odd patches of nice atmospheric piano and certainly worthwhile percussion throughout, generally though the standard arrangements follow a pattern of layered repetitive harmonic chord sequences which embody a great deal of experimental electronics. I have to admit that too many electronic meanderings are not my preverbal “cup of tea” but some flashes of inspiration can be detected with subsequent plays. I have to say though that the compositional makeup of the music errs more so on the technical side and seems devoid of much melodic charm and in my opinion lacking creative sensitivity or passion. I feel that in the makeup of the music too much emphasis is directed towards electronic sounds and disturbances projected around the basic rhythmic patterns. It is for this reason that I do not think that the term progressive rock is appropriate for the music on this album and in my opinion the term experimental electronic ambience would probably be more closer to the mark, I say this because, amongst other things, there are no beautifully structured time changes or periods of magical guitar and keyboard interplay which is normally considered to be the cornerstone of progressive rock music There is obviously a market audience for the music on this album for example Brian Eno / Soft Machine fans who would probably enjoy the contents and there is maybe, some scope too for inroads into the film soundtrack business. I can’t help but think that overall it is music intended for musicians rather than an audience of progressive rock fans.
Summary: Some Interesting sequences of instrumental electronic ambiance with a modicum of variation along slightly more progressive rock lines.
Artwork: Simple but colourful CD sleeve somewhat lacking in information.
Jostein Haugen –Keyboards and Guitars and glockenspiels
Marius Leirånes - Keyboards and Guitars
Mattias Olsson - Percussion and keyboards.
Ketil Vestrum Einarsen -Flute