...recorded before the cataclysmic event on March 11 2011, released afterwards.
Geir Jenssen must nevertheless have thought very carefully about releasing this LP given the unimaginable scale of the tragedy in a country where he will, I suspect, have a good many fans. But he HAS released it, without sentimentalism, though it is of course impossible to listen to in the context in which it was originally intended.
The concept, in fact, seems to be a fairly positive one: that despite its well-known dangers, nuclear power may yet have a place in the 21st century. Whilst there is, inevitably a sinister undercurrent to much of the music on this album (there are hissing reactor noises on virtually every track) it's a much less menacing affair than Kraftwerk's "Radioactivity" - an album with which comparisons will, inevitably, be drawn.
Recorded in Poland, the best way for me to describe the sound would be as a mixture of Basic Channel, Tangerine Dream, Eric Serra and Delia Derbyshire. Even without the Japanese earthquake association - which could probably have been dispensed with - this is a very strong release.