BARDSPEC, AMBIENT PROJECT OF IVAR BJØRNSON (ENSLAVED, SKUGGSJÁ) AND STEVE AUSTIN (TODAY IS THE DAY) SHARE “BONE” FROM DEBUT ALBUM, HYDROGEN INCOMING 23 JUNE
We are pleased to share another audible insight into the debut album Hydrogen,
, ambient project / band from Enslaved composer/ guitarist Ivar Bjørnson, and Steve Austin
(Today Is The Day). “Bone
” in Ivar’s words is “a song that is a meditation upon the concepts of strength and endurance, in the micro and the macro. How evolution has made us upright and made to be on the move – and how hard it can be to adapt those features into the realms of our psyche – so that we can undergo themental evolution that is dormant within us.
This idea of micro and macro represents the very essence of BardSpec, which is thematically and sonically about minimising, subtracting and meditating upon the simplest essence of “things”; the single points: exemplified through the song titles, like “Bone”, “Salt” and so on, the basic elements and foundations that make up the whole. There is an element of “space” in the music, and the artwork, as a representation of the inner workings of the mind and the subconscious.
BardSpec combines stirring, hallucinatory synth-sounds with mercurial guitar effects and hypnotic rhythms that navigate illusory landscapes. Field recordings, and other found-sounds also drift and evaporate into the ether. Working intuitively with these elements and with sharpened senses, attuned to inner impulses, this is immersive music, that can exist anywhere, and anytime within the minds of the listener.
Inspired by the German masters Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schultze, Conrad Schnitzler as well as contemporary ambient music like Norwegian one-man-band Biosphere and abstract modern electronic music like When (Norwegian also), as well as the electronic/industrial-driven metal like Godflesh.
1. Intro – Deposition
3. Fire Tongue
6. Teeth (bonus track)
shall be released on 23 June across all formats. The 6-panel CD digipak is available as limited first press to 1000 including bonus track “Teeth”. The double gatefold LP is limited to 500 black vinyl, and the digital format also including the bonus track. Access the “Fire Tongue” radio edits now via iTunes
and Apple Music.
There shall be a special release show in association with AISA / By Norse to showcase BardSpec and Josh Graham’s IIVII on June 29th in New York, with Gnaw now added. Tickets are now available at this link: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1468422
. Check out the updated poster for the event below.