Wanderwelle
Lost in a Sea of Trees


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Review

by Chortles USER (17 Reviews)
November 21st, 2017 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist


I don’t know how Wanderwelle’s Lost in a Sea of Trees ends or begins – only how it is in spots, in some indeterminable places; like waking up from a dream, although to put it more aptly, it's like waking up in the dream. Your eyelids begin to blink open to the sound of a trickling stream flowing nearby, as you lift your head up from the cool, mossy ground and the disorientation begins to fade. Looking up, adjusting your eyes to glimmers of bright moonlight, brilliant beams funneled through a web of small cracks in the autumnal canopy hanging above. A thin layer of mist wraps around your ankles and the damp forest floor pads the soles of your feet as you begin making your way; an uncanny comfort begins to seep into a wandering mind as timid steps ease into a rhythmic cadence, slowly, intentionally, like a blind soldier marching without rhyme or reason or thought, only because it is what he knows.

There is some hypnotic pulse, a muted resonance sourced from another place which directs you, unwittingly, through endless rows of interspersed trees and over their vast network of exposed roots. At some point, after an uncertain amount of time has passed and an unknowable distance has been crossed, you notice the enclosing trees have changed almost imperceptibly – or perhaps it is simply your perception itself that has changed. What seemed so regal and towering, and which were coated almost entirely with such thick, vibrant layers of moss, have been at once stripped of any prowess or color they previously held. A new collective, thinned wisps of their former selves, replace them; columns of lifeless bark rooted throughout the surrounding area, held upright only by some unseen presence.

The wind would begin to change its tune too, its stillness becoming one of uncertainty rather than tranquility, only occasionally kicking up to whisper faint echoes and leave the mind with dark, indelible thoughts. This uncertainty is central to everything, it seems. The squish of repeated steps would switch to the dry crunch of twigs underfoot, the pulse which welcomed and guided you further along would become unnerving, and the moonlight filtering through the treeline would gradually shift in intensity and hue, digging under your skin as it makes contact and bringing the cold of night in with it, sending uncontrollable shivers up and down the length of your body. Despite this, all these things, unfolding slowly and intermittently, back and forth, and with no explanation or logic, continue without raising any question or concern, and are instead met with vacuous acceptance. Left, right, left, right…

Lost in a Sea of Trees is, well, just that – it’s lost in the densely padded beats which power its mysterious pulse, in its natural soundscapes of gusting winds and twinkling stars, in its peculiar morphing of tone, from mystifying to menacing to mystifying again, each time wiping the slate cleaner than before. Yet for all its confused, meandering tendencies, its lush aesthetic is so immersive, so convincing, that its call to the dream is never interrupted, constant in its calming mesmerism until its sound eventually becomes a distant footnote, unannounced and unnoticed.



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Chortles
November 20th 2017


21242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

many thanks to Jack for his help with this and to Lucid for showing this album to me some months back, it's become a mainstay. reeel beauut

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2017


23391 Comments


this reads soooo nicely damn Chortles u just keep getting better

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2017


6667 Comments


nice, this was on my radar a while back. meant to review it but never quite found time to sink into it. i think part of why you enjoy it also lends to why i didn't feel compelled to connect.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2017


23391 Comments


only thing: "it’s lost in the densely padded beats which power its mysterious pulse, in its natural soundscapes of gusting winds and twinkling stars, in its peculiar morphing of tone, from mystifying to menacing to mystifying again, each time wiping the slate cleaner than before." is a hell of a sentence but I get what ur trying to do.

If you're trying for that kind of rhythm I'd maybe do something like: "Lost in a Sea of Trees is, well, just that -- utterly lost. It's lost in the densely padded beats powering its mysterious pulse, in its mystifying..., in its peculiar morphing of tone. As it alternates between the egos of mystifying and menacing, each time its slate is wiped..." (im just making this up at this point, you can fill in the blanks). might read a bit cleaner!

Dewinged
November 20th 2017


10854 Comments


Those are some really nice images there Chorts, nice write-up! Pos'd!

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Chortles
November 20th 2017


21242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks very much mi amigos! i'll take a look again and maybe rework that sentence con. if u couldn't tell im a big proponent of long sentences >= )

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2017


8376 Comments


fantastic, Chorts! Always nice to see one from you..

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Chortles
November 20th 2017


21242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks friend! The blue moon is out tonight

brainmelter
November 21st 2017


5671 Comments


fuck yeah Chortles, I'll give this a listen

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BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2017


2479 Comments


Amazing review, Chortles, will give this a listen soon.

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Chortles
November 21st 2017


21242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you blush!!! much love my pals

Evok
November 21st 2017


7224 Comments


Defs gonna be checkin this out awesome review

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Chortles
November 22nd 2017


21242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you kindly sir and please yes do that good day

Relinquished
November 24th 2017


37932 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gotta check

Chortles
November 26th 2017


21242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

glad ya like!!!

Lucid
November 28th 2017


9897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally got a chance to read this. Wonderful review with beautiful imagery, you capture how immersive this record is so well. Glad you covered this =)

Chortles
November 29th 2017


21242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you friend!! Certainly the one of most immersive things I've heard in a while. It would probably be an easy aoty contender if it felt slightly less homogenous... which might be weird to say since that probably helps maintain its consistent mood so well. But alas. lovely lovely



EDIT: shut up 2017 chortles this is the clear aoty

Lucid
January 10th 2018


9897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Checked out their EP from 2015 and it's serene bliss, this duo is something special. You should listen to their mix from last year (Isolatedmix 72), it's spellbinding. Also a neat walkthrough of their influences.



Followed their FB page and noticed they linked your review ;)

Chortles
January 11th 2018


21242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

been eyeing that mix, definitely need to give it a go. that's awesome, wow! great find! they seem like very genuine dudes



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