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Tor Lundvall’s new album The Park is called that for a reason: it is about a park, an attempt to evoke a park, and involving field recordings of parks too. Much ambience, moving through brighter and darker periods as does a real day in a park. LP on Dais, completing an informal place-based trilogy with the label.

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The Park by Tor Lundvall
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9/10 Laurie Staff review, 05 August 2015

This man called Tor Lundvall is also a painter, and it seems he tries to emulate these minimal, serene scenes through painting with sound instead of paints. Sounding. It’s probably the oldest description of ambient music in the (definitely imaginary) book, but it seems apt for a person that makes albums singularly titled ‘The Mist’ and ‘The Park’, recreations of an environment now only existing in Lundvall’s memory of 2011. I’m sure he can go back though, unless they’ve bulldozed it down to build a Tesco. Onwards, progress, destruction. Ugh.

He’s pretty effectively emulated that sense of peace that you get when you walk down a dappled green path towards that bench depicted on the cover. I’d say that the majority of this takes place at around 8pm though, with darkness closing in and the heat of the day wafting into space, indeterminate shapes looming in the bushes on the edge of the wilderness. It’s so subdued, with distant knocks echoing in the same spacious region as subtle rustles and slowly drifting afterimages of melodies almost forming phrases, never being distinctly ‘happy’ or ‘sad’. Just sort of reflective and lonesome, detached from the strong emotions obtained from contact with others. Thanks to Tor Lundvall for yanking me out of this sterile office and placing me back amongst the trees for a while.


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