Exposé Online banner

Sverre Knut Johansen — Secret Space Program
(Spotted Peccary SPM-3002, 2017, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-05-31

Secret Space Program Cover art

This is Johansen’s second release on Spotted Peccary, a follow-up to 2016’s very excellent Earth from Above (followong a half dozen or so releses on Origo Sound and other labels), and though the material here continues in a very similar vein, the composer has chosen to associate these sixteen compositions with a concept about extraterrestrials, military abductions, secret lunar bases, conspiratorial ideas, and black-ops programs. This only goes as far as the titles and some occasional strange alien sounds in a couple of the pieces, but this, like its predecessor, is purely instrumental music, a shimmering and dreamy endeavor that is at once intense and beautiful. Dramatic, ambient and richly melodic, the sixteen pieces here are borne of cinematic ideals, created with synthesizers, treated guitar and percussion samples, and other electronics, everything subject to intense processing to give the sound an other-worldly feeling, with a very symphonic aura. Guest guitarist Børge-Petersen Øverleier joins Johansen on a handful of tracks. Pieces like “Orb Beings,” “Blue Indogo Balls of Light,” “Sphere Being Alliance,” “Precognitive Abilities,” and others all offer a very compelling hybrid of symphonc and electronic sounds filled with mystery and wonder, ladened with compelling textures and deeply stirring melodies, all intertwining in a conceptual meditative environment that will pull the listener effortlessly through new worlds.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Sverre Knut Johansen

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Isopoda - Acrostichon – Here is another release from the post-prog period, a good band who either didn't get their album ready early enough to catch the 70s prog-wave, or refused to prostitute their ideals in favor of...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues