Artist: Circular
Album: Substans

Released: 29 April 2009
Label: Ultimae

Substans Circular
It is hard to know exactly what the music of Circular (Bjarte Andreassen & Jostein Dahl Gjelsvik) aligns with. On their CD Substans (58'40") the duo offers up in equal parts spacey atmospheres as well as techno based rhythms to create an interesting sonic journey for both the body and the mind. Beyond the tumultuous opening segment the album unfolds with an easy grace. The soft patter of deep drum rolls extends beneath dense breathing tones. This zone gives way to digital age beats driven by texture, mood and atmosphere. Effortlessly shifting gears, Substans freewheels through chillout music traditions with an impressive stylistic range. From beat laden thought experiments to lively sound collage, this work bursts with brightness and warmth - as it offers a compelling counter-idea to mainstream music.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END   20 May 2009

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