Warpness "Atmosphere" CDr
Wow, what a surprise landed into my mailbox!!! Although I have noticed the pre-release info of this album at the end of March 2017, it quite unexpectedly graced my collection only one week later. With the official release date at April 21st, 2017, "Atmosphere" CDr is out on Tape The Sound in a nice 4-panel digipak designed by the artist himself. Oh, and who is hidden behind this project? Remember the name Tom Ståle Engebretsen? I have reviewed his fantastic album "Tralfamadore", released under Elrox Ambient Session moniker about one and a half years ago. And among other I also said this Norwegian soundcarver is living his dream. "Atmosphere" is certainly another proof of these words!!! I should add that Tape The Sound label is run Tom and his debut work as Warpness, entitled "One Note", is out since December 2016 on a cassette format. Actually, as far I know, this crafted Norwegian is also veiled behind another project Castana with one cassette release "Olvenion". So if you are a true tape aficionado, certainly don't miss these two releases, they both look really nice. Anyway, let's dive deeply into "Atmosphere", consisting of 9 untitled parts...
The shortest piece on the album, "Part 1", running over 2 and a half minutes, immediately transports the listener into spellbindingly ambiguous solitudes proficiently navigated by tenebrously sinuous drone, which is precisely bridged with assorted subterranean murmurs and intangible glimmers. A rather ephemeral intro, but powerfully immersing!!! "Part 2" shifts into slightly more active terrains, where mesmerizingly helixing monochromatic mindscapes are persistently coalesced with cyber-biotic traceries, inconspicuously pervading titillating reverberations and balmily contemplative glimpses. 6-minute "Part 3" safely keeps on magnificently enigmatic traces fronted by insistently spiraling cinematic drone, gliding through warmly introspective horizons and guarded by choir-infused meridians, while occasionally imbued by transient primordial mirages. A large dose of aural medicine is served here!!! "Part 4" intriguingly merges rather quiescent driftscape with a labyrinth of celestial calls and a fleeting glance of throbbing grooves. Solitary drone emerge from unfathomable depths and serenely shifts "Part 5" into immensely engrossing realms counterpointed by gossamer pulses, elusive resonations and trenchantly ascending ear-tickling hypogeal vistas. "Part 6" is guided by static, nearly transcendental spirals, which are soon percolated by reflectively tinkling and bouncing miniatures as well as by continuously crescendoing driftscapes with panoptic vertexes. The magic of hypnotically gripping droneforging is fully unfolded! "Part 7" in some ways resurrects a bit "The Earthlings Dome", one of many unforgettable sonic elixirs from "Tralfamadore" album. Twisted drone, spellbinding oscillations, buzzing undercurrents, vague bowed fragments, organic tapestries, ancient vestiges..., a truly delightful potpourri exhibiting peculiarly creative craftsmanship of Tom Ståle Engebretsen. Bravo!!! The splendor continues also throughout "Part 8", which amalgamates lower end droning specters with hissy particles, evocative undulations and industrialized subtleties. "Part 9", with 7 and a half minutes the longest track on the album, closes the journey with sonorously droning scenario, which is exquisitely enhanced by unbounded subterrestrial hummings, encircling shimmering chimes and awe-inspiringly magnified cascades. A very strong conclusion indeed!!!
47-minute "Atmosphere" is another triumphant work by Tom Ståle Engebretsen, this time acting as Warpness, which needs to be explored as soon as possible, just like his above mentioned, blazingly distinguishing "Tralfamadore" album published under project's name Elrox Ambient Session. This Norwegian artist certainly belongs to the long list of undiscovered ambient soundsculptors across the globe waiting for their voice to be heard and then praised. Don't be afraid of this venturous ride, because a fully rewarding listening experience awaits here!!! Tom Ståle Engebretsen absolutely deserves this chance as "Atmosphere" stands stalwartly side by side with sonic monuments of 2017!!!
Richard Gürtler (Jun 18, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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