Selv I Drømme Lyser Den Første Sne by øjeRum

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Danish a/v collage artist øjeRum‘s new LP/DL (Midira Records) is Selv I Drømme Lyser Den Første Sne (due out June 15). With two nearly twenty minute-long pieces, one per side, both are title tracks, the b-side including Strings by Aaron Martin. The record comes in an edition of only 100 and that is pressed to trans-violet vinyl. This has a gorgeous ambient space and feel, winding and slow synths hatch and cross pollinate. The title translates to “even in dreams the first snow glows” – and the cerebral soundwork emulates this dramatically. It’s a spotlit colorfield of delicate weathered washes, just drifting.

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This easily filled the room with like staring straight up in big sky country. Illuminated by super sheer layers of velvety drone and a touch of sub-level hiss, and the very sparse percussive element that stirs the energy just so. It’s not dissimilar to the feeling you get when oogling a waterfall in mid February. Once the record is turned over Aaron Martin‘s cello asserts itself with striking masterful dexterity. The harmonies are sensual, endless as mastered by Mark Kuykendall. Though the theme remains the same, the flipside’s strings sigh with an easy opulence that captures the translucence of light, it really beams with a tranquil sensibility. This is plain seamless in its endless thin layering. As Martin bows with buoyancy a sense of solitariness is referenced in the shadowy tonal structure.

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