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Biosphere / Departed Glories
Album:Departed Glories Collection:General
Artist:Biosphere Added:08/2018
Label:Smalltown Supersound 

Album Review
Mr. Tumnus
Reviewed 2018-08-12 
Departed Glories/Biosphere

Ambient/experimental. A very quiet album. Drone submerged underwater. A chorus of highly distorted and muted human voices flutter on top. Bleak, desolate. Not much structure...the music moves in and out like a tide or just stands in place.

From Bandcamp: “It’s easy to forget that Norway shares a short stretch of frontier with Russia, right at the northernmost tip of the country. That region is where Geir Jenssen, the Norwegian electronic producer behind Biosphere, comes from, and where he has been composing his austere, disturbing and deeply textured ambience since the early 1980s.”

Try 9, 17, 8. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.

1) “Out of the Cradle” (2:16): Wind whistling across some pipes.
2) “Wyll and Purpose” (7:56): Alternates between a high drone and a low drone. Like a melody in very slow motion.
3) “Down On Ropes” (3:12): Quiet underwater humming.
4) “Free From the Bondage You Are In” (2:15): A bunch of underwater animals chatting--heavily distorted and muted.
5) “With Their Paddles in a Puddle” (3:04): Distorted voices fade in and out of focus.
6) “Than is the Mater” (4:15): Quiet drone. Oscillates between tension and resolution.
7) “Sweet Dreams Form a Shade” (5:26): Ethereal human voices. Again, underwater.
8) “Aura in the Kitchen With The Candlesticks” (6:05): Guitar strums as string instruments and voices strain against each other.
9) “Departed Glories” (4:53): Neat track. Voices flow in and out of each other in river of mysterious sound.
10) “Whole Forests of Them Appearing” (5:29): Quiet drone.
11) “Invariable Cowhandler” (3:44): Gentle tones, high voices. Relaxing.
12) “Behind the Stove” (1:38): High tonalities. Voices curling against each other in slow motion.
13) “You Want To See It Too” (3:52): Calm and cold. More vocals. Bleak.
14) “In Good Case and Rest” (3:17): More ominous. Pulsing sound in the background. More chorus-like vocals.
15) “Tomorrow Then We Will Attend” (2:08): Bleak again. Strained voices, no rhythm.
16) “With Precious Benefits to Both” (4:44): Peaceful and very quiet. Tide rolling in and out.
17) “Fall Asleep For Me” (5:49): Rhythm comes in the form of repeated pulses...the music seems to push in and out. Nice use of choral voices.

Track Listing
1.Out Of The Cradle 9.Departed Glories
2.Wyll And Purpose 10.Whole Forests Of Them Appearing
3.Down On Ropes 11.Invariable Cowhandler
4.Free From The Bondage You Are In 12.Behind The Stove
5.With Their Paddles In A Puddle 13.You Want To See It Too
6.Than Is The Mater 14.In Good Case And Rest
7.Sweet Dreams Form A Shade 15.Tomorrow Then We Will Attend
8.Aura In The Kitchen With The Cndlesticks 16.With Precious Benefits To Both
 17.Fall Asleep For Me