Deaf Center "Owl Splinters" CD
More than 5 years passed since the amazing full length debut "Pale Ravine", but Erik Skodvin and Otto Totland were quite busy working on their other solo and co-work projects that resulted during 2010 into two masterpieces like "Flare" by Erik Skodvin and "Retold" by Nest. Not to forget, Erik has also released during this period of time several albums under his Svarte Greiner project. But now it's time for another chapter in Deaf Center's history.
The opening dark droning piece "Divided" indicates slight change and evolvement when comparing to cinematic ambience on "Pale Ravine". The music of Erik and Otto seems to be more experimental, dramatic and mysterious. Maybe not exactly on "Time Spent" with mournful piano, but with "New Beginning (Tidal Darkness)" the things move to more tense and oppressive direction with always evolving atmospheres, centered around Erik's cello and Otto's piano. Definitely the first highlight on this exciting journey. But the next composition, "The Day I Would Never Have", is most likely the most evocative piece of Deaf Center I have ever heard. This almost 11 minute long epic features in the beginning some really peaceful and delicate piano that soon transforms into massive and harsh wall of drones and noises, but all the tension is quickly relieved during the closing two minutes. Absolutely essential composition! "Animal Sacrifice" keeps its more experimental and minimal feel, based around disturbing cello. "Fiction Dawn" is just opposite, a very refreshing tune with ethereal piano theme while the next, "Close Forever Watching", is dramatically evolving and culminating droning piece, another big one! "Hunted Twice" is slightly experimental in its first half while the rest is beautifully sounding piano outro for this grandiose, complex and polished piece of music.
Not easy accessible, for sure it requires more listening sessions, but if you dive deeply into the world of Deaf Center's musicianship, then it will be one fully rewarding listening experience. Yes, "Owl Splinters" is another masterwork from this Norwegian duo!!!
Richard Gürtler (Apr 10, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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