Album Review

Fjellstrom, Marcus – “Epilogue -M-” – [Aagoo]

incognito   6/12/2013   A Library, CD

Marcus Fjellstrom’s “Epilogue-M” is quite an amazing piece of work. While staying mostly within the ambient / dark ambient genre, the BPM is all over the place. It’s spooky and haunting, cerebral and involved; it seems to have an ability to send piercing chills down your spine with precision stabs, while at other times completely engulfing the listener in a wall of ambient noise. It’s difficult to describe exactly, but if you listen to this at a higher volume, the music envelops you completely and takes you to its own strange, dark recesses of consciousness. It’s quite orchestral, in the sense that it creates huge open spaces, and then fills them entirely without ever resorting to using harsh elements, hard percussion or any overuse of what one would consider typically “dark” samples. Film samples, dreamy synths, piano harps, tympani drums and clever use of filters – Fjellstrom’s use of instrumentation and ambient electronics to create expansive moody soundscapes is quite brilliant.

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