Aethenor
En Form for Bla


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tim Verhoeff USER (19 Reviews)
January 23rd, 2011 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not the easiest record but a beauty it is.

Æthenor is a band/project that at it's core consists of Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), Thorr's Hammer) and Daniel O'Sullivan (Guapo). For this album they've been accompanied by Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver) and Steve Noble. According to the sleeve this record was composed in three days. And the result of three days work?

En Form for Blå, which is Norwegian and roughly translates to A Form for the Blue, is a hard record to describe. There are no apparent song structures or a lot of repeating melody lines. The music is best described as very minimal free-jazz atmospheric drone that comes closest to the sound of Ulver, but it is closer to a filmscore than it is to an actual record. Don't expect any heavy guitars like on Sunn O)))'s records, they are not here. Actually you shouldn't expect any of the classic rock instruments, even if they are used on this record they don't produce any standard rock sounds. All the songs on this record are beautiful crafted landscapes made of sound.

What's apparent from the start is that the percussion work of Steve Noble is all over this record. But he never uses his percussion to create a beat, it's always used to put the trees where they belong to keep with the landscape metaphor. Steve's free-jazz style of percussion can be very present in some of the songparts but it never feels like he is too present, he never overplays but always augments the existing songparts.

En Form for Blå isn't a happy record. The songs creep and crawl and always give you this 'impending doom' feeling that something is about to happen. Partly because of the sound and partly because you never know what's coming next because of the lack of structure in the songs. But this record also has some jazz influences that sooth and relax the mind that it unsettled just a few minutes before that.

En Form for Blå isn't for everybody simply because this isn't the easiest record to get into, but once you do you'll hear an amazing record that you will play over and over again, because you want to grasp every small detail of it.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2011


6108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, pos.

I'm really searching for this.

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thebhoy
Emeritus
January 23rd 2011


4461 Comments


http://3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal

It's streaming on this site, about half-way down the page. This is a terrible record I was thinking of reviewing it with like a 1.5 or a 2 in mind.

thebhoy
Emeritus
January 23rd 2011


4461 Comments


The music is best described as very minimal free-jazz atmospheric drone that comes closest to the sound of Ulver, but it is closer to a filmscore than it is to an actual record


Oh, and actually the best way to describe this is more of a free-improvisation. Otherwise it's a decent review.

76TVs
January 23rd 2011


160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To each his own, right?

I have to say that I like the fact that 3 voor 12 has this record on their luisterpaal. They make a lot of good choices and this is one of them.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2011


6108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I listening to certain parts of this and, although i can't rate, i can say that this is interesting.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 17th 2011


6108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent and intriguing background music for reading an equally excellent book.

The music adapts almost magically to the plot of the book I'm reading now.



David Gilmour - The Film Club.

lobby
July 31st 2011


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Very good album.



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