Background/Info: Rune Clausen is a Norwegian artist who already released a few previous productions. This album is for sure an opportunity to discover the sonic universe of the artist who’s inspired by the Norwegian forests.
Content: Forests have something dense, mysterious and anguishing. This is for sure what you can feel when listening to “Tones Jul”. The dark-ambient production featuring field recordings create this feeling of nearby disaster. The tracklist is progressively evolving towards darker cuts. “Det Sorte Sovekammer” features a few female (Norwegian) spoken words accentuating part of the mystery.
+ + + : The main strength and characteristic emerging from this release is the overwhelming atmosphere. Well, that’s precisely what we expect when listening dark-ambient music isn’t it? There’s this visual appeal leading the listener into a nihilistic world, which quite surprisingly also feels pretty intimate. The evolution of the tracklist is a noticeable element and you’ll find the best cuts right in the end. “Barnsnød” is a real great composition revealing heavy, blasting sound treatments.
– – – : My single regret about the album concerns the rather short compositions. You sometimes get the impression the tracks aren’t totally accomplished like missing their apotheosis.
Conclusion: Rune Clausen is an interesting discovery and it all feels a bit like this artist can even do better by elaborating his tracks to get a fully achieved sensation. Let’s keep an eye on this artist!
Best songs: “Barnsnød”, “Myrgvarv”, “Det Sorte Sovekammer”.
Since you’re here … … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Side-Line Magazine than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Side-Line’s independent journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we want to push the artists we like and who are equally fighting to survive. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as 2 US$, you can support Side-Line Magazine – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The donations are safely powered by Paypal.