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VINE VOICEon 5 May 2008
How the previous reviewer can possibly call this background music is beyond me. Yes, a lot of wallpaper chillout music has taken the surface of this kind of soft trumpeteering and used it to layer a generic house beat, but Henriksen's compositions are frankly soul-stirring.
I've found that the record really repays listening through headphones, rather than through a stereo (although played loud on a stereo the effect is still stunning). This is essentially quiet music, but when it's notched up a level or heard through the more intimate medium of headphones, its layers and subtle variations really come to life, and distance it galaxies away from 'chill out' dross.
Arve's breathy vocals, so high they're almost ethereal, and muted trumpet work with the synths to create an album that, while composed of 10 separate tracks that stand up on their own, really demands to be listened to as a whole (after all, track 1 is 'opening image' and track 10 'ending image', so it's clearly structured to be listened to as a complete piece).
As the title suggests, the record offers up a range of contrasts between dark and light, and it really conjures up an image in the mind of the listener. It's more of an encompassing listening experience than any record I can remember buying this century.
I can't speak highly enough of it. Anyone interested in genuinely avant garde or interesting music should own this masterpiece.
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on 30 November 2007
One reviewer elsewhere on the web remarked that 'some dirt under the fingernails would go a long way' and another 'it's hard not to wish for some of the disruptive edginess that Supersilent's other players bring to their own music' when talking about this CD. I wouldn't agree at all, it seems as though some people are expecting to find Arve Henriksen reproducing his other band 'Supersilent' on his solo CDs. Nothing is further from the truth here as the music has a quiet intensity which, if you're prepared to listen, is rather intense whilst very relaxing at the same time. The trumpet playing of Henriksen is played over loops of his voice, whilst the percussion (Audun Kleive) and sampling (Jan Bang) adds rhythms and sound effects to create beautiful soundscapes. These conjur up images of vast spaces and fjords, as is the country where Henriksen himself comes from.

If you're a fan of Jon Hassel or Eno then you'll certainly find plenty of good music here for you also!!
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