Tor Lundvall Empty City
By Marcus Pan
New York painter Tor Lundvall releases his Empty
City CD on Strange Fortune, following up his 2005 release of Last
Light. This will be his sixth CD release and shows a strong performance
in the ambient and electronic genre. Tor straddles the edge of minimal ambience
with his work, preferring to provide less accompaniament to enhance
The disjointed and windy opening Scrap Yard has
visions of dystopian architecture and failed industrial sprawl. The darker
imagery remains through Platform #3 and Running Late starts to
lift a bit without really piercing the gloom.
This particular CD remains very underground, crawling and
elusive. Grey Water is merely a continuous river of slow moving waves,
ebbing and flowing in a metallic mercurial stream. Wires
disturbing tones is what I expect rampant electrical currents might sound like
had I the ears to listen. It reminds me of the disease from Johnny
Namesake Empty City is the first time youre not
overly bombarded with the gloomiest of melodies, seemingly the world itself is
attempting to regrow naturally now that humankind has ceased to be and the
cities are bereft of human life. A natural order attempting to reassert itself
in a previously ruined environment of smoked out skies and scrap yard junk.
Clearing Sky is another example of this, as the chemicals that have
raped the atmosphere siphons away, clearing away the damage done by men.
Tors still quite good at his music as well as his
painting, and manages to combine the two to create a dark menagerie of colors
and artwork within the body of his music. Empty City is a journey from
the end of one age to the beginning of a newer, cleaner and better age of
naturality and abundance instead of what we see now destructive
endangerment to the environment. Maybe its the only way now empty
the cities, save the world.
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