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4.0 out of 5 stars THE BEAUTY OF DECAY.....DREAM LOGIC IS NO NIGHTMARE, 12 Nov 2012
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Over the last few weeks.the E CM machine has been working overtime,few labels can match thier standards of sound snd Qualit,it never wavers,and they have a long roster of artists to reflect this.
After many years they have at last signed the brilliant guitarist Elvin Aarset,he has been on the fringes of greatness for years,as has his contemporary Jan Bang who has also made some marvelous recordings over the last few years.
1......Close(for comfort)......6.36.....an acoustic guitsr with subtle drum effects starts Aarset's debut for ECM. as often happenss with ECM,simplicity is the key.
2......S urrender......4.21..... a very deep and lush sound beavers its way into your mind,lovly.
3......Jukai(Sea of trees)......3.45.....an ethereaal steel drum sound clashes with an oriental sounding tune.
4.....Black silence......4.03.....is a very dark and gloomy soundscape and is tremendous,very reminiscent of David Sylvians later work(Who Elvind and Jan have both worked extensively with).
5......Active......3.22......is very ambient.
6.....Close (variation1)......2.39.....a very quiet interlude,which brings us too
7......Reactive......2.21......again very ambient.
8......Homage to Greene......5.29......a lighter,more flowing song,it puts me in mind of "Albertross by Fleetwood Mac.
9.....The whispering forest.....6.42......this sounds like it could be Thomas Stronnen and Iain Ballamy on thier new album,which is also on ECM ,and absolutely superb.
10....Close(variation II).....1.43.....the shortest track on the album.
11....The beauty of decay......the longest track on the album is beautifull.

In consequence not an easy album to listen to,but persevere and you will be beguiled by its subtle beauty

RECORDED IN 2011 & 2012

ECM

47.31

ELVIND AARSET......GUITARS,BASS GUITARS,ELECTRONICS,PERCUSSION ,SAMPLES,PROGRAMMING
JAN BANG......SAMPLES,DICTAPHONE,PROGRAMMING

VALUE FOR MONEY......
BEST TRACKS.......CLOSE FOR COMFORT.SURRENDER,ACTIVE,HOMAGE TO GREENE,THE WHISPERING FOREST,THE BEAUTY OF DECAY
PACKAGING.....JEWEL CASE WITH FOUR FOLD LEAFLET,BOOKLET
PRODUCTION.....SUPERB
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ECM classic, 16 Dec 2012
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This is a consistently beautiful and contemplative album and is another example of someone responding to the context of recording for ECM to produce what I would consider their best work. (Others including, I would say, Jon Hassell's 'Power Spot' and 'Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street' on ECM) I found earlier releases by Eivind Aarset too varied in mood - mixing atmospheric passages that I liked with playing that I found a little too retro for my tastes as well as too abrasive... I held my breath all through the first listen of Dream Logic praying that every track would be both as good and as restrained as the last. It did not disappoint. Dream Logic takes a discrete modernist approach, balancing the textural possibilities of guitar with elegant moody picking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, 25 Mar 2013
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ECM instrumental greatness at its best - Aarset on guitar and Bang sampling - a great meditative, beautiful caress of sound.
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