Nattefrost — Absorbed in Dreams and Yearning
(Groove Unlimited GR-129, 2006, CD)
by Roel Steverink, Published 2007-03-01
Nattefrost (AKA Bjørn Jeppesen, not to be confused with the Norwegian black metal band of the same name) is from Denmark, and the title refers to cosmic electronic music from yesteryear. The entrepreneurs from those days built a maximum musical force of expression up from a minimum of structure. That’s what Nattefrost also has tried. Not many layers, just sequences, a theme, strings or choir framed with effective space effects. Though a lot of the cosmic couriers comfortably stayed in the optimistic melodic atmospheres, Nattefrost also wanders off to more darkish terrain. Like on “Visions of a Pale Moon,” where he founds himself in Asmus Tietchen’s 80s advent surrealisms. When he introduces sequencers, they immediately attract through their improvisational character and sprankling nature. A bass line is eminent, underlining the sequences in “The Battle” that last eternally, a trademark from Redshift, but also elements from the German band You can here be traced. Emotionally strong, this is a very good album.
Related artist(s): Nattefrost (Bjørn Jeppesen)
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