Tor Lundvall Last Light
By Marcus Pan
New York's painter, Tor
Lundvall, tries his hand at music on occasion with atmospheric and ambient
creations. Distributed by Strange Fortune, his Last Light release is
said to be his "strongest to date," regardless of it's minimal make-up and
austere appearance. Four previous releases preceded Last Light: Autumn
Calls, Ice, The Mist and Under the Shadows of Trees. Here vocals are
sparse but meaningful and the finely made cardboard jewel case uses his
paintings to fine effect.
Contrary to its name, Rust isn't a scratchy or rusty
sounding track at all. Instead it's a brightly built chiming piece set against
a comforting wind that opens slowly into The Pond. Tracks will
occasionally meld beautifully into one another and cause difficulty
differentiating between them as they flow. But each is has its own signature,
so this doesn't deter much from the movement and progression of Last
Light. You'll eventually realize you're now listening to It's Over
Now eventually by the subtle changes in the musical effects. You just won't
be sure when it's crept in on you.
A sound break preceding Silver Wash makes this the
first time on the album you realize a new song is starting. The musical make-up
of this track is similar to the others but adds a bit more lucidity to the
chimes and synthetics. An interesting rhythm is built in Storm, creating
a much more moving piece than others here for that reason alone. Soft
Bipolarity gets very surreal...Tor's ability to use chimes and bell-like
sounds to create many different moods and settings here is near genius.
Cold really does have a cold feeling about it, again
using simple chime-like synthetic melodies and a spoken word vocal score.
Still comes in differently than the others, with a much longer sustain
on its notes giving it a stronger appeal. The final track, Lost At Sea,
switches up on us and gives us our first non-chimey interface...a slowly tapped
piano takes us on a journey to nowhere, imbuing the atmosphere around us with
the feeling of...well, being lost. Nicely done, Tor.
Lundvall's work is very atmospheric and can vary between
comforting and lucidity. The album itself moves progressively and flows
extremely well from track to track. It plays on your senses sparingly, but
well. Last Light is a good CD to have as a backdrop for everything from
falling asleep to meditation, working to relaxing.
Post: PO Box 440383, Somerville, MA, 02144, USA
Phone: (617) 718-9990
E-Mail: salo (at) strangefortune (dot) com
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