Biosphere - Departed Glories
Vinyl LP pressing. It's easy to forget that Norway shares a short stretch of frontier with Russia, right at the northernmost tip of the country. That region is where Geir Jenssen, the Norwegian electronic producer behind Biosphere, comes from, and where he has been composing his austere, disturbing and deeply textured ambience since the early-80s. His twelfth album Departed Glories is his first in almost five years and marks a new deal with the Oslo independent label Smalltown Supersound. On the cover is a photo of the Russian landscape taken more than a hundred years ago. It's part of an incredible cache of recently discovered images by the photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, who pioneered a form of color photography using three sheets of glass, and left us with a collection of hauntingly beautiful pictures of a vanished world that could have been taken on an iPhone.
1. Out of the Cradle
2. Wyll and Purpose
3. Down on Ropes
4. Free from the Bondage You Are in
5. With Their Paddles in a Puddle
6. Than Is the Mater
7. Sweet Dreams Form a Shade
8. Aura in the Kitchen with the Candlesticks
9. Departed Glories
10. Whole Forests of Them Appearing
11. Invariable Cowhandler
12. Behind the Stove
13. You Want to See It Too
14. In Good Case and Rest
15. Tomorrow Then We Will Attend
16. With Precious Benefits to Both
17. Fall Asleep for Me
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