Tor Lundvall
The Shipyard


4.0
excellent


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


Tor Lundvall, the American ambient/drone producer and painter, has managed to create an album that is so fitting that it is impossible to not visualize each song in your head as a mental picture. Tor Lundvall creates some of the most interesting ambient/drone music ever made – along with his own homemade painted album covers - and each of his albums sound very innocent and nostalgic, especially on this album. To some, the very calm and breezy drone atmosphere of the album may put some people to sleep, but if they were to do that, they are missing some of the most interesting and exquisite sounds of 2012.

The first song on the album The Shipyard at Dawn accurately portrays what a shipyard might be like at dawn. The drone synths and atmosphere of the track insinuate a very early morning sound as if you’re just rising out of bed. In the context of a shipyard, the fog has just come in and is surrounding the ships, making them invisible at the bay. The songs that follow this also are extremely fitting to their titles. The fourth song on the album, Tugboats in Fog, for example, is self-explanatory with it's droney and reverberating tugboat-like sounds. If one were to visualize a song like Under Snow Conditions, it would probably look like cargo being unloaded from the ships onto conveyor belts with tons of snow falling down. Angels at Sea is the only song on this album with a noticeable beat. It has the sound of - almost like - a foghorn signaling that ships have arrived or left. A really cool thing about this track is that there is a lot more going on with the addition of ethereal vocals and the subtle sound of a saxophone(?) every so often. The Shipyard at Night needs no explanation other then it is the nighttime mirror of the first track; it is absolutely beautiful as well. The last two songs Blue Rain Ships and Grey Rain Ships are two really great finishing songs. The atmosphere these songs portray is very moody, dark and intriguing. They are great songs for visualization. Rain effects subtly make their way into the background as the storm is just starting to brew. Grey Rain Ships give us that sense that the ships have left the shipyard, but will return another day to continue their routine.

This is an excellent dark ambient/ambient album that has an absolutely stunning visualization approach. The overall mood of the album is pretty dark when compared with more melodious ambient albums. The idea of a shipyard themed album is so fascinating and hearing it in its entirety makes it even more worthwhile. Upon looking at this album – before actually listening to it – you will have no idea how similar you think the album will sound to what it actually sounds like. The album has a very nostalgic nature; almost like a deja vu feeling as if you’ve heard it somewhere or saw something similar to this as a child. Tor Lundvall still stays consistent with this release. The very essence of everything he's ever done is all presented right here and did he ever go all out on this one.



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mindleviticus
December 30th 2012


8330 Comments


Just a short little review. Give me a shout-out for any mistakes I may have made.

a/ a/ a/

Angels at Sea - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiVGgNaR6Tw
Morning Smoke - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y72Z8nCR3jU

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 30th 2012


7127 Comments


Album art is straightforward.

mindleviticus
December 30th 2012


8330 Comments


It's the most straightforward, obvious and fitting album cover. :]

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2012


10378 Comments


Good review, man, although you do harp on the album fitting its title a bit too much. Shorten that first paragraph up some, and you'll be set!

Digging: Thou - Heathen

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2012


4455 Comments


I thought the first paragraph was okay, but that's just me. Overall, it's a good review so have a POS. Might check this album out.

mindleviticus
December 30th 2012


8330 Comments


Yeah, you're right. Cut out a bit of it. Realized how redundant that was. I wrote this at like 3 in the morning though.

taylormemer
December 30th 2012


4953 Comments


Just get rid of the first paragraph altogether.

mindleviticus
December 30th 2012


8330 Comments


Is it really that pointless?

taylormemer
December 30th 2012


4953 Comments


Yep

Keyblade
December 30th 2012


15371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

oh sweet you reviewed this mindle. good review, and yeah i'd rework the opening paragraph too. pos'd a/ a/

Digging: Fen - Carrion Skies

mindleviticus
December 30th 2012


8330 Comments


I just got rid of it. It's a big flow breaker after reading the whole review over again.

mindleviticus
December 30th 2012


8330 Comments


a/ a/ a/

taylormemer
December 30th 2012


4953 Comments


There you go.

Vrid
December 30th 2012


116 Comments


Nice review! I've actually never heard of this, will check it out.

mindleviticus
December 30th 2012


8330 Comments


Thanks vrid! Yeah check it out

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
December 30th 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

rip Frank Sobotka

mindleviticus
December 30th 2012


8330 Comments


Enlighten me

CaptainDooRight
December 30th 2012


30331 Comments


this looks very interesting, great write up pos

mindleviticus
December 30th 2012


8330 Comments


yea captain get on this. it's probs right up your alley.

CaptainDooRight
December 30th 2012


30331 Comments


def gonna check ur links bro



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