BIOSPHERE soon to release new album ‘Departed Glories’, stream excerpt on Bandcamp (+more news)

The release of a new BIOSPHERE album, the first in almost 5 years, is major news for fans of quality ambient and electronic music – including us at Legacy Future.

“Departed Glories” will be released on September 23, 2016 and marks a new deal with excellent Oslo independent label Smalltown Supersound. The first excerpt is “Sweet Dreams Form A Shade”.

The story of the haunting cover picture is quite amazing:

On the cover is a photo of the Russian landscape taken more than a hundred years ago. It’s part of an incredible cache of recently discovered images by the photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, who pioneered a form of colour photography using three sheets of glass, and left us with a collection of hauntingly beautiful pictures of a vanished world that could have been taken on an iPhone.
BIOSPHERE "Departed Glories" cover artwork by Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky

BIOSPHERE “Departed Glories” cover artwork by Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky

Some more fresh (and older) news from the BIOSPHERE camp.

  • BIOSPHERE made available on Bandcamp last March the digital version of “The Hilvarenbeek Recordings”, a release that has gone wrong:

In 2013 Biosphere was invited by the Incubate festival in Tilburg to spend one week doing field recordings at the organic farm Boerderij ‘t Schop in Hilvarenbeek. These recordings were going to be released as a single-sided limited edition vinyl EP (100 copies) “for reviews/media/relations only!» 
Unfortunately Incubate never managed to get it out. Last month, this record was suddenly released by the Dutch label New York Haunted without the artist´s knowledge and written consent. Nor did the artist get any chance to approve the artwork and the quality of the vinyl pressing. In fact, the artist has not even seen the record.

BIOSPHERE "Cirque" cover artwork

Cirque [Reissue with bonus album]

Cirque – originally released in 2000 – was Biosphere´s first album for the UK label Touch. This new re-issue comes with a 6-track bonus album and new artwork.

Mojo (UK): Fourth full album from ambient pioneer. Coming to prominence with 1992’s Microgravity – which along with the first couple of Aphex/Polygon Window CDs, defined the genre ambient – Geir Jenssen as Biosphere has made three of the ’90s’ best albums, culminating with last year’s near beatless Substrata. The idea – as it always was thanks to Eno’s On Land – is music as environment (reflecting, creating): working from his base in Tromso, Arctic Norway, Jenssen offers a polar, Apollonian exploration of the human psyche. Cirque is a perfectly constructed 47-minute sequence: cold clarity up against real depth of field, synth cycles dissolving into sudden moments of sonic revelation that sound like a waking dream – try the first 20 seconds of Black Lamb and Grey Falcon. (And if you think that’s pretentious – your loss). Inspired by the story of a young American, Chris McCandless, who walked alone into the Alaskan wilderness and perished, Cirque balances the tightrope between warmth and unease, resolving into a moon melody that leaves you a peace. What a good record! [Jon Savage].

  • In case you’ve missed it (I did), last April saw the re-release of “Pataschnik” as a double LP with bonus album.

One reason why Jenssen’s work stands out from the flood of early ’90s ambient/techno releases is his strong sense of the quirkily creepy — not in an Aphex Twin mode, but in his own particular way. The contrasting samples of a child quaveringly saying, “We had a dream last night,” followed by a rougher sample saying, “We had the same dream,” gives opening number “Phantasm” an unsettling feeling. Intensified by the, on the one hand, pretty, on the other, disturbing music, buried synth strings and a soft pulse accentuated by clattering noises deep in the mix, it kicks off the striking Patashnik very well. Though not as openly dark as acts like Lull, for instance, Biosphere still has an edge which isn’t just melancholic, it’s downright ominous at point. There’s the slow crawl of “Startoucher,” for instance, with its buried vocal snippets and deep bass drone, or the blend of the space signal atmospheres of “Mir” into the low, brooding intro to “The Shield.” Not everything is so shadowy, though; Patashnik is primarily a relax and chill listening experience, but not without its gentle high points. “Novelty Waves,” which became a crossover single in some quarters, has a good dancefloor sharpness to it even as Jenssen slyly sneaks in odd drones and samples through the mix. The opening snippet talking about an extraterrestrial disc jockey on “SETI Project” is good for a smile, as well as acting as a sharp lead-in to a fast rhythm track. Mostly, though, things continue on a deliciously unnerving pace throughout, gentle enough to go down easy but still just off enough to ensure you can’t call this new age folderol for the rave generation.

And while we’re at it, do also check out its complement album “Patashnik 2”, released in 2014 only on digital format and featuring previously unreleased tracks and mixes recorded between 1992 and 1994.

 

BIOSPHERE soon to release new album ‘Departed Glories’, stream excerpt on Bandcamp (+more news) was last modified: September 16th, 2016 by panos.agoros

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Music and computers. The same two passions that Panos has ever since he was a kid, have defined the path that he would follow in life. He studied computer science in Paris-France in the early/mid 90's and is an IT engineer, providing since 1999 Mission Critiical support for enterprise environments. He is also known to be a retro hardware scavenger and old computer collector. His love for music pushed him to become actively involved in the scene. From November 1995 until the early 00's he ran Chaotik Webzine, a pioneering music webzine and the first to provide coverage for both the metal & hardcore underground. He is for the last 15 years an editor of Metal Hammer Greece, the biggest music magazine in the country. He rans a small record label and distro, Blastbeat Mailmurder, and is also the vocalist/lyricist of critically and fan acclaimed astrogrind outfit Dephosphorus. In his lost hours he does field recordings and manipulates sound waves for his experimental noise/ambient Kommpound.

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