CD: Segerhuva SEGER 9 
like Jarl. Always have since I got the "Out of balance" and
"Sealed Void" recordings. There was something about the music
that seemed to connect in just the right way with me. Don’t ask
me how or why as I don’t know the answers to that myself. They do
and that’s enough for me. I like to think of them as one of life’s
little treasures that so few have managed to find. A secret cult hidden
out of sight just waiting to be discovered by those with a genuine taste
for the blackest ambient around.
With "Parallel / Collapsing" Jarl continue in the same vein
as the previous recordings mentioned but have added a more drone like
texture to some of the pieces and a more experimental aspect to the overall
sound. The music at times ricochets off invisible walls, spinning pinball
like in all directions, whilst dark waves of electronics bathes the listener
in its neon glow. There’s a meditative aspect to the music that
adds to the illusion of serenity with a slight touch of dark foreboding.
How you view the music depends entirely on your state of mind when you
approach it. I’ve listened to it whilst in a mild state of despondency
and depression and found myself drowning in the empty spaces of desolation
and isolation that have been conjured up. I’ve also listened to
it whilst high on the gifts of life and fallen asleep to its comforting
tones of hope and renewal. There’s a steady stream of opposites
at work here within the framework of the recording and its up to the individual
to decipher their meanings for themselves.
"Parallel / Collapsing" is a massive step forward in the musical
canon of Jarl and is one of the best ambient releases of this year. The
visionary aspects that encapsulate the recording cannot and should not
be ignored. Those of you seeking the path to musical redemption need look
no further. Jarl brings you a gift you would be foolish to ignore or refuse.
/ Somnolens Part I - VI]
Jarl [Fragile Confrontation]
Jarl [Out Of Balance]