Netherworld – Morketid – CD – Glacial Movements


Sourced from fragments of sound from the Arctic, this release traverses similar terrain to the Orb, Biosphere, or more recently, Sleep Research Facility. This is fairly stock ambience with no great compositional surprises, albeit competently handled. Expect dark expanses of looped tones and samples, choreographed into a compulsive mixture of otherworldly voice-overs, and dreamy rivulets. High points have to be the title track, “Morketid”, that hovers mid way between dark ambience, and the purely abstract, as looped tones are peppered with stark industrial scrapings, clanks and expansive rhythmic swells. I also enjoyed “North Pole”, an epic, atmospheric piece that plummets into sub bass territory, where we are submerged in a sparse, murky underworld, a gaseous central theme layered with dark tonal meanderings that slowly dissipates into near silence, with only the mysterious movement of some unknown entity, shifting in cavernous depths. Most pieces are between 8 and 12 minutes on average, so plenty of time to kick back and chill out to the enveloping, soporific strains of Netherworld. Well worth a listen. BGN


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