Genre/Influences: Soundscape, Dark-Ambient.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Hessel Veldman is a Dutch composer who might be seen as a pioneer in his genre. This new album -which is the first one he released on Winter-Light is a conceptual work, meant as ‘an experimental audio sound map of Ijmuiden’ which is the city where Hessel lives.
Content: This work is nothing less than a Dark-Soundscape. The tracks are progressively evolving and sometimes not really evolving at all. A constant dark sound wave is running through. There’s just one track with a bit more diversity resulting in an approximate apotheosis.
+ + + : I like the dark sound texture of this opus. “Piervrees” is the single cut which is a bit more elaborated creating this climax affect in the end.
– – – : I’m missing elaboration and diversity, but I’m afraid that’s often part of Soundscapes. This is one of the very few Winter-Light productions which couldn’t convince me.
Conclusion: Veterans or pioneers aren’t always warrant for great productions.
Best songs: “Piervrees”.
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