Swedish multi-instrumentalist Erik Levander joins the Forwind label with his latest album release Inåt (meaning ‘Inwards’). As opposed to the largely synthesiser-based nature of his previous LP Couesnon, these five new compositions mix both digital and acoustic instrumentation and use it as a platform for the listener to journey inside their minds.
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Well. As Public Enemy (and latterly, Nick Frost) once said, “Bring the NOISE!”
I’m not sure *exactly* what I was expecting when I pulled this CD out of the review pile -- however, given this release is brought to us by those most subterranean of reclaimed reverberations merchants from Berlin, the Forwind label, it’s suitably ground-shaking stuff. This CD -- and, make no mistake, the Compact Disc is *the* format for this, the most monolithic of genres -- features the cold, dark, pulsating drone-waves as produced by Sweden’s Erik Levander.
'Inåt' is built of five big slabs of throbbing, towering sound-chunks which cement together to form a formidable structure -- starting way down in its foundations and going all the way up to its distant, cloud-displacing, misty-grey pinnacle. Best listened to in its totality, from ‘play’ to its apotheosis; you’ll need to listen to this loud, preferably on really, really bloomin’ tall speakers (maybe wait ‘til the neighbours are out first), or I’d recommend you get some decent headphones. Although if you do, don’t listen alone and in the dark, on Hallowe’en or something. Or perhaps do. Might be fun! You’ll jump out of your skin when you get to the scrapy bits!
It’s chunky, it’s nicely textured and incredibly nuanced in places too. Nice one Erik!
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