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WintherStormer — Ground Connection
(Bajkal Records 222020, 2011, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2013-06-22

Ground Connection Cover artWintherStormer is the Norwegian quartet of Terje Winther (analog synths and sequencers), Erik Stormer (analog synths and sequencers), Atle Pakusch Gundersen (guitar and electronics), and Geir Marthin Helland (drums and percussion). With this line up I bet you are thinking Tangerine Dream. Close, but no cigar! A better comparison might be a grittier take on Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygene, though their music is pure Berlin school improvisation with some notion of a melody creeping in from time to time. These guys have been performing since 2001 and Ground Connection is their fourth release. At times abstract experimentation, growling synths, ecstatic progressive, and soaring Krautrock flights of fancy. Quite a mixed bag of tricks! A track that seems out of place, though excellent, is the amorphous avant garde "Connection Lost," evoking the crazed experimentations of Zweistein. In contrast is the ensuing track "Beneath the Root of All Things," an out and out rocker! The disc closes with the cinematic title track taking you on a journey into the frozen north. The music glacially develops over its 25 minutes, culminating in an avalanche of guitars, synths, and sequencers. Highly recommended to all lovers of electronic music.

Filed under: New releases, 2011 releases

Related artist(s): WintherStormer, Terje Winther

More info
http://www.bajkal.org/bajkalRecords.html
http://www.wintherstormer.no

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