Artist: Boreal Network
Title: Phase with the Moon EP
Released: 2009 (?)
Genre: ambient, IDM
Available as a free download (with a suggested donation for a good cause) via the Retronym webpage, Boreal Network’s lupine themed album found its way onto my desktop. This was one of those occasions where I put my snout to the ground and sniff, following the scent of new-ish tunage (hitting link after link on artist pages and label pages) and, like a confused hound dog, I look up after a while and realize I am in an unfamiliar place. There, two wolves on the album cover greeted me and off we went.
Here, the wolf theme seems to work out a bit better than it did for Marumari’s lupine themed “Wolves Hollow”. The theme seemed to drop out and once in a while fade in again there, but here, it seems to stick around through the whole show. I would give other examples of wolf themed records, but sadly, I can’t find too many at the moment, so I’m afraid I’ll have to cut this section of the review short.
What stands out for me here is that at first, the music almost sounds a bit like it came out of the 90s. I don’t mean that in a bad way, as it really emphasizes the exploration music took in the electronic field during the first four years of that decade. And yet, this album seemed to evolve slightly, moving into a set of distorted glitchy beats, something I’ve seen used more in the later 2000s (that would make sense since it came out in ’09).
I’d say, over all, this was a fine release and well worth a look-see.
4.5 out of 5.