David Tollefson - New Eyes on the Universe hyp1805
Debut recording by half of Hypnos Recordings duo Viridian Sun. Tollefson explores the use of treated electric guitar as a sound source for unusual ambient textures and rich sonic atmospheres.
Tracks listing (with new MP3 sample clips):
02 Painted Sky
03 Some Light from the Heavens
04 Phase (Travel)
07 Vanishing Lines 1
08 You Are Almost There
09 Vanishing Lines 2
13 Movement Within a Frame
14 Imminent Departure
15 New Eyes on the Universe
Reviews"Best Release of 1998."
--Phil Derby / Wind and Wire Magazine
"Top 10 of 1998."
--Chuck VanZyl, Star's End Radio, WXPN, Philadelphia
"Top 30 of 1998."
--Eric Meece / Mystic Music / KKUP Radio
"An exquisite collection of moody, minimal and very effective pieces, beautifully sequenced and with the right pace of movement and choice of soundcolors. Excellent."
"Extremely high quality guitar ambience from one half of Portland’s Viridian Sun, David Tollefson. 'Empyrean' has a tentative, threatening air, a kind of looped and progressively virulent agitation that fades away before possible violence; 'Phase (Travel)' is a somber, swirling ride through the Milky Way; the title track also cruises the heavens, the intermittent subterranean machinery pulse of the engines drawing focus from the stars to the tenuous confines of the space ship; 'Painted Sky' has an anxious, subdued turbulence quality--Van Gogh’s Starry Night (on Mars). My favorite track, 'Palomar,' flows from dark crystals reverberating by sunlight, to winking stars shimmering by moonlight, to clouds of lightly distorted, ominous radiance that pass in front of both--an amazingly textured stream of consciousness journey that holds within it’s multifaceted layers: wariness and wonder, caution and awe. What really makes this work is the use of the guitar as a conduit for David’s broad sonic trek through the heavens, through the deceptively gentle, seemingly familiar, to the subtly unearthly; in that respect, there are only a few moments on this disc where it is noticeably a guitar creating the music. Not unlike Maeror Tri, though the songs are shorter, more compact (more appropriate for the attention deficit 90’s?). Well worth your attention!"
--John C. Smith / Outburn Magazine