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Alwanzatar — Fangarmer Gjennom Tid og Rom
(Apollon Records ARP016, 2018, CD / LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2019-02-10

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Kristoffer Momrak is back with his second Alwanzatar release, Fangarmer Gjennom Tid og Rom. He continues to develop his intriguing version of tribal space rock infused with elements of Berlin School electronics, where analog sequences back flutes, chanting, guitars, and percussion. The opening track, “I virvlende dampskyer,” is the longest at more than 14 minutes, and it’s got some interesting flute and electric guitar parts over a wonderful sequence on analog synthesizers. There are no overt solos, just a constantly morphing parade of differing combinations of the various layers with changing percussive backing, some of which is obviously electronic, some of which may be natural. Other tracks take different approaches without straying too far from the established norms. “Enden av gangen” has some eerie sampled vocal choir sounds that aren’t the standard Mellotron choir, and has a melody that reminds me a bit of Ozone Player (it took me a while to pull that name out of my memory!). Alwantazar presents a fascinating take on electronic music, with live flute adding a breath of humanity into the mix. A listener can pick out elements of Tangerine Dream, Synergy, Ozric Tentacles, and more, presenting a sound that is at once familiar and unique.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Alwanzatar (Kristoffer Momrak)

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http://alwanzatar.bandcamp.com/album/fangarmer-gjennom-tid-og-rom

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