Netherworld - voice, field recordings, synths, electronics
"Eternal Frost" leads the listener on a journey through fog-thickened moors that induce hallucination and across monstrous glaciers whose lives are measured in tens of thousands of years and whose slow forceful movement erodes mountains. The journey is slow and carefully constructed as Alessandro carefully produces the most intimate of sounds. |
- Hallucinations in fog [12:04]
- The glacier's beast [9:17]
- Gliding down a frosty hell [14:12]
- Beyond me, the Eternity [7:24]
- Aurora Borealis [10:49]
- Fooled by an illusion [7:11]
Nothing here is rushed or demanding. Each sound is carefully placed and aligned allowing the compositions to breathe and expand organically. Netherworld is the solo project of Roman musician Alessandro Tedeschi. Utilizing synthesizers, field recordings, voice and various percussion instruments Alessandro creates ambient music that is serene yet engulfing.
For this review, I will be reviewing two of Netherworlds CDís title Eternal Frost and Firmament In Obscurity. Both albums have been released by the Italian ambient label Deep Listening which is focused upon promoting and producing a wide range of ambient artists. Eternal Frost was released in 2004 by Netherworld and the compositions contained within the album are all focused upon translating frozen landscapes and environments into music. Using a very simple palate of sounds Netherworld has constructed six songs that delve into the icy regions and cull forth-musical visions that communicate isolation and tepid movement. Eternal Frost leads the listener on a journey through fog-thickened moors that induce hallucination and across monstrous glaciers whose lives are measured in tens of thousands of years and whose slow forceful movement erodes mountains.
The journey is slow and carefully constructed as Alessandro carefully produces the most intimate of sounds. Nothing here is rushed or demanding. Each sound is carefully placed and aligned allowing the compositions to breathe and expand organically. The songs are mostly constructed around solo drones that gently waft through the speakers like frigid wind blowing across slumbering fields. Various sounds accent the deep drones as the music glides forth. Percussion, chimes, and field recordings are intentionally placed to add life and narrative to the compositions. The combination of gentle drones and their accompanying sounds elicit a response from the listenerís imagination. With eyes closed, you find yourself drifting to Arctic worlds where the sounds and intrusions of man are unknown. Ice collides with ice in churning waters and wind blows dry and cold across the frozen tundra. At the rising of the sun, fog emerges to envelope and deceive. As night approaches, living things seek shelter and strange lights twist and turn in cascading sheets in the sky.
Eternal Frost is a soundtrack for a world many of us neglect.
It is a frozen and glistening world whose secrets and mysteries are only reveled to those who dare to seek them amidst the frost and frozen purity
2005. Malahki Thorn
Great visionary dronescape from this new (?) projekt on Umbra Records. Six tracks with amorphous pre-symbolic sound-clouds.
Netherworld's "Eternal Frost" was released in 2004 by Gianluigi Gasparetti's Umbra, so it's older than "Otherworldly Abyss" and "Six Impending Clouds", the two cds I raved about a couple of months ago. This could explain why this cd is a bit less mature than the aforementioned ones, while still maintaining an excellent quality level.
As I wrote in previous reviews, Netherworld's isolationist ambient has been a perfect soundtrack for this snow-heavy winter. The ultra-slow and rarefied drones that Tedeschi generates using synths, field recordings and voice, have the same mind bending effect of staring at a never ending snowfall.
And while "Before me, the Eternity" adds some faint melodies to these deserted soundscapes, titles like "Hallucinations in fog", "The glaciers beast" or "Gliding down a frosty hell" are indeed accurate to describe the respective atmospheres.
Take my rate only as a comparison with the following more refined releases, as this cd easily buries many standard dark ambient releases around.
2006. Eugenio Maggi / Chain D.L.K