DiN39 - Ian Boddy & Erik Wøllo - Frontiers
DiN label boss Ian Boddy is as well known for his collaborative projects as for his solo output and Erik Wøllo is the eighth musician Boddy has worked with on the DiN catalogue. Indeed Wøllo's initial outing on DiN was in collaboration with Bernhard Wöstheinrich on the 2009 release Arcadia Borealis (DiN34). Bernhard has also worked with Boddy on two DiN releases (Moiré (DiN18) & Hemispheres (DiNDDL05)). This feedback and inter-connection between musicians with different musical backgrounds has always been one of the DiN labels main aims which continues to produce fascinating and unexpected results.
Frontiers (DiN39) is a musical travelogue through lands unknown although the sonic climate is very much influenced by the two musicians shared Northern European heritage. The album is book-ended by Vista & Ascension which feature Wøllo's panoramic chordal backdrops over which Boddy plays his now famous "Ondes Martenot" glissando synth lead lines. Between these two beautiful, haunting tracks the album is built around four sequencer driven pieces, each gaining in intensity and culminating in the intense penultimate title track Frontiers. These are interspersed with more abstract and atmospheric interludes, featuring field recordings the two artists have made in their own personal travels through their respective native landscapes. Constantly shifting in mood and tone, the album leads the listener across vast, open, icy sonic landscapes whilst periodically sheltering in more warm humane zones.
Expertly crafted by two renowned musicians Wøllo & Boddy produce a work of complex musical maturity that will open up it's secrets over repeated listenings.
Full track listing:
1. Vista (03:59)
2. Trek (05:45)
3. Undergrowth (04:37)
4. Steppe (06:05)
5. Migration (03:29)
6. Reverie (04:25)
7. Searching (07:13)
8. Shelter (07:32)
9. Frontiers (07:57)
10. Ascension (05:25)
Total Time: 56.33
All music composed, recorded and produced by Ian Boddy and Erik Wøllo.
Mixed and mastered at Wintergarden Studio, Norway, November - December 2011.
Synthesizers, Gliss-keyboard, Samplers & Field recordings
Electric/Slide/E-bow & Fretless Guitars, Guitar Synthesizer, Synths & Field recordings