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Artist: Various

Title: 71 Degrees North

Label: DVSM Records

Date: May, 2014

 

1. Phobium - Calyx

2. Bloomen - Echodroplets

3. Time For Slime - Apparater

4. Zoon - Dreamer

5. Scope - ElecTroll

6. Silent Horror - Itami

7. Terratech - Crystal Cascade

8. Paranoiac - Peace From Other Space (Part II)

9. Sundance Kid - Tesla

10. Yggdrasil - Ratatosk

11. Phobium - Bulb

 

 

"Today we talked about turning your daydreams into reality. Tonight I want each one of you to go home and do just that!"

 

 

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c'mon, c'mon, c'mon....

 

 

71 degrees north? The parallel? Like the Arctic and sh*t? Sounds desolate. I can already hear the f bombs an alien would drop if that's where he crash landed.

 

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"Mother...f*cker! Why the f*ck did you drop us here? There's nothing! Zero! F*cking nobody! I swear if you weren't my sister's kid I would've vaporized you!"

 

If aliens were so advanced they'd stop landing in the middle of nowhere and start prepping for splashdown in Bermuda.

 

Let's see what countries inhabit that area...Norway, Canada, USA (Alaska of course why wouldn't is be?) Greenland (ain't no green there) and Russia. What could these countries possibly have in common?

 

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That's once you get into the parking garage. I mean really? This is a place where hard on's go to die and shrinkage is a perpetual state. A place that is denied the sun for 3 months straight, cut off from the outside world due to storms like arctic hurricanes.

 

I mean what the f*ck those two words aren't even supposed to go together! But just when you'd think that all is lost and the vampires would rule the eternal darkness, the sun comes back and the people celebrate with hot chocolate.

 

DVSM is back with their latest compilation and what a varied effort it is. You've got everything in here. Darkpsy, forest, ambient...and the artwork is a perfect partner to the music inside.

 

Calyx- Cold and vast the tundra sprawls before me. I force myself to move a little faster as the sun slowly attempts to reach the horizon. Superbly descriptive opener. As I begin to hunker down for the night I notice a penguin remains close.

 

Echodroplets- This track sounds like the artists name. Cool slow downs and synths that are in kind of goa motion.

 

Apparater- Time for slime?

 

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Don't mind if I do.

 

Over 13 minutes of delicious forest psychedelia. Not in a dark way either. Outstandingly done with sounds that tumble over each other as if they where water molecules in slow motion.

 

Dreamer- Very BOTFB hallucinogenic goa trance. Scando-goa if you will. And that's all right by me. Pretty intense and dripping like a Salvador Dali painting. Dali-goa I guess.

 

Electroll- This is what happens when you don't make it back to base camp before sundown. Stuck in a thick forest with only the northern lights for illumination. Every sound makes me jump as the sound of tortured souls break the silence. Well layered bubbly stuff of horror movies. I can't find my penguin friend at all.

 

Itami- I just need a window in, something to make the darkpsy more accessible and the lush detail here provides it. Echoing tones and eerie melodies make this my absolute favorite track from Mr. Shah. It's otherworldly and bursting at the seams with effects.

 

Crystal Cascade- Another rapid and pummeling darkpsy track where tones sound like tumbling crystals as the bass rumbles and hammers away at your sanity. This is darkness incarnate. The wind is still blowing and you begin to question your decision to outlast the arctic hurricane. Those two words together are still frightening.

 

Peace From Other Space (Part II)- After the last track has flayed the sinew from your body the aliens with a poor sense of direction arrive and well, I guess it's time for the probing. This is not as mind numbing with a little more melody work. Harsh sounds of machinery screech above the deep bass and yeah that big pointy thing is about to enter your business end. But it's definitely on the lighter side.

 

Tesla- We are in the much softer portion of the album with glacial pads. I survived the hurricane and looking forward to the hot chocolate. Light and airy, but ultimately not that interesting to me.

 

Tatatosk- Dubby beats to let you drift away. Staring at the horizon sipping my hot chocolate I can't help but wonder if my penguin friend made it out ok.

 

Bulb- A wary closing bit of ambient reminding you to not underestimate nature's power and the 71st parallel.

 

 

I'm not a darkpsy guy, but I appreciate the talent and skill it takes to put the mass of sounds and detail together into a cohesive structure. And this was some of the most enjoyable dark stuff I've listened to. The Phobium tracks are also some of his best work for me; as lush and moving as I've heard from him. The flow of the album really stands out and it's very fluid. Even though I may not have liked every track,without being partially mixed this was smooth. As I mentioned you get a little bit of everything and it's the closest you can come to being in this fascinating ecosystem without strapping on the cold weather gear and snowshoes. Well done guys, it's not perfect, but I believe this to be your best release yet. Hey what's that?

 

*sees penguin with one wing tucked into Kate Upton's bikini bottom*

 

You sonofa...

 

DVSM Bandcamp

 

Mdk

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phobium    19

Thanks for the kind words. And again, you're funny :)

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Balance    61

Keen to get this but kinda holding out as they said on Isratrance there will be a limited CD run later this year.

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kiriyama    3

Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts on our latest release!

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