NORTHAUNT: BARREN LAND
CD: Fluttering Dragon 0.28 [2004]
Ltd x 1000 Numbered Copies


Dying Day
Dawn and ashes
A Silent Battle
Kappfarvel
Whiteout
Laid Bare Beneath the Stars
Just Another Cold Spring
Lost Days
Varghjerte
The Fire
Shadows Over the Barren Land

"Barren Land" is the second full-length release from Northaunt, a release that returns the listener to the icy floes of Norway, not only figuratively presented but also literally sampled woven into a poignant ambient work that is a worthy heir. Seeking to underpin humankind‚s intrinsic relationship with nature, the music delves far more than simple reverb and endless drone; melodic guitar performs contrapuntal to glacial drifts groaning as giants, evanescent lisps of male and female voice grace the skies like aurora, plaintive piano swirls in the eddies of gelid and industrial storms.

The sound is sumptuous, the sampled atmosphere is crystal-clear, fermenting an ever-evolving stereo experience buoyed through the minutiae within each sculpted locations. Overall, the album‚s tone, while melancholy, is not oppressively dark, nor is it too gloom-shrouded for that matter, leaving the mood pleasantly doleful. An organic mutability infuses the album, each track stands apart from another, and within itself gelid textures explore and evoke the Antarctic Ocean currents and lonely land it surrounds. Lovers of high quality and individualistic ambient music from labels such as Cold Meat Industry will not go unrewarded should you pick up this gem among the snowfields.

The album is a limited series of one thousand, each hand-numbered and is presented in a six-panel digipak of heavy-stock gloss card. Wisps of poetry accompany the stark and isolated landscapes, bleak and solemn photographs that intimate the sculpture of music within.


NYR

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