Exposé Online banner

Between Interval — Legacy
(Spotted Peccary SPM-1605, 2017, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-08-16

Legacy Cover art

Between Interval is the nom-de-plume of Swedish electronic composer Stefan Strand, this being his fifth album for Spotted Peccary, and prior to that he has other recordings under other pseudonyms. The ten tracks of Legacy seem to draw their inspiration from the Berlin school, primarily mid-70s Tangerine Dream and the like, and the more dreamy side of that style, as well as Jarre, a touch of euro-techno, and American deep-space electronic artists like Michael Garrison and Robert Rich. While these pieces are primarily textural and electro-rhythmic, offering dreamlike ambient explorations punctuated by pulsing waves, though the sequences and pulses are never the main event. There is nonetheless plenty of melodic content mostly bubbling just under the surface or around the next corner, flourishes of coloration and sparkling effects that tend to keep it alive and give the pieces momentum, and from a listener’s perspective, a relaxing experience without becoming overly sedate. Some pieces like closer “Closing In” use a backward looping effect that – at its 1:40 running time leaves the listener wanting more. “The Hour Appointed” comes in slowly with some splashing water sounds over an everpresent drone, with some muted gong / bell sounds carrying the mystery forward, with cloudburts swirling overhead, whic is about as close to the sleepy side as anything here gets. While there doesn’t seem to be any overarching stated theme that threads through the program (unless one wishes to use the cover art as a starting point), Strand has wisely left the listener with the deep seeds of imagination, a blank page to build their own storyboard from. All taken, a very satisfying and organic experience.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Between Interval (Stefan Strand)

More info
http://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/album/legacy

Latest news

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

2018-02-15
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

2018-02-14
Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

2018-01-30
Bill Bruford Ventures into Uncharted Territory – Drum master Bill Bruford, veteran of some of the most creative bands in history (King Crimson, Yes, Genese, etc.), is sharing some of what he's learned about being a drummer and a musician in his new book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer, out on University of Michigan Press. » Read more

2018-01-18
Christian Burchard RIP – Multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard, who founded the seminal band Embryo in 1969, has died at the age of 71. His January 17 passing was announced on the band's Facebook page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Steve Tibbetts - Steve Tibbetts – At long last! Finally the eponymous first album by Minnesota guitarist Steve Tibbetts has been reissued. Folks familiar only with his work of late may be a little surprised by the flowing acoustic...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues