Background/Info: Sysselmann is a Norwegian solo-project driven by Thomas Narverud. After a few previous releases featuring the full length album “The Northern Chronicles” (2016) Sysselmann now joined hands together with Winter-Light to unleash this four-track EP. The work is meant as a “tribute to the collective consciousness of the Northern parts of Norway….. A celebration of the magical coastal landscape and those who came before us.”
Content: The work takes off with the long-during and progressively built up title track. This cut takes you in its grip for more than 10 minutes, revealing a kind of electro-analogue sound wave joined by drones. A similar sensation emerges from the next cut. Overwhelming sound treatments and background drones are suddenly interrupted by a kind of electronic trumpet sound on “The Long Wait – Memorial Mix” while the work comes to an end with the dark-astral sounding “First Winter Light”.
+ + + : The opening title-track is a fascinating composition, which is slowly built up and crescendo moves towards its ultimate point. You feel like moving through a dark and endless tunnel vision where the monotony –which has something exciting, is sometimes interrupted by a few extra sounds or noises. This is a work that slowly grows on you to finally get you in its sonic web.
– – – : The total climax at this work is right in the beginning with the first cut and that’s a pity as the other cuts left –which are cool, never reaches a similar level.
Conclusion: Sysselmann is a project I have never heard of before, but which clearly has the potential to conquer dark-ambient souls.
Best songs: “Ritual Of The Aurora Noir”, “MS Nordlysnatt”, “The Long Wait – Memorial-mix”.
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.