ARCTIC: THIRD POLE
CD: Nautilus NA06 
Blinded By White
The 88th Parallel
Inner Dark Companion
personal preferences are what marks us out as individuals. Your drug of
choice may be Hash or Coke or even Skag. Mine is Rohypnol. It cuts out
all that boring dating crap. No more going for meals or the theatre or
being forced to listen to their shitty music or meeting the poxy parents.
A couple of drops or tablets and its ‘wham bam thank you mam’.
Never to be seen again. Unless of course you get caught. They should issue
it on the National Health. It sure worked wonders for my sex life. So
it is with music.
My musical taste is deeply individual and what I may consider to be a
work of utter genius will be dismissed by others as the idiotic ramblings
of a fool. Well I’m no Forrest Gump, so best you take me at my word
when I categorically state that "Third Pole" by Project Arctic
will be regarded as a classic in the dark ambient genre in years to come.
You read it here first. When you take members of Empusae and This Morn’Omina
(if these names mean nothing to you then you’re a fucking ostrich)
and put them to work together this is the end result. Appropriately enough
this CD arrived as the Winter nights were closing in and the temperature
dropped to below freezing setting the scene for the desolate soundscapes
that Project Arctic have produced. As can be gathered from the title "Third
Pole", the music is a journey into the icy fields of the great outdoors
where isolation reigns supreme and survival is only for the fittest. The
blasts of howling winds sweep across a barren landscape framed by the
clearest of blue skies and patches of frozen water. A storm suddenly erupts
and the blizzard of snow blinds and burns anyone caught in its path. A
voice is spoken. Submerged and strangled it cries out from the dark beyond.
What is imaginary and reality merges into one. The darkness prevails yet
lets in small glimmers of light and hope. Or is it a false dawn. Thus
the music records this place in time. Never has being so cold been so
warm. A contradiction so apt in every way.
"Third Pole" ranks up there with the best in atmospheric ambient
music. A masterpiece of understated electronics that needs to be heard
to be fully appreciated.
Morn' Omina] / [Empusae]