Alwanzatar – Heliotropiske Reiser Review

From Krizla of Tusmørke comes his first solo album, Heliotropiske Reiser, and it’s a seriously good piece of work. Released under the name of Alwanzatar, it’s perhaps safe to say that this very experimental instrumental piece will not necessarily be to everyone’s tastes, but if you like your music unique, bold and ‘out there’, this will be an album you don’t want to miss.

Five tracks of stunning electronic soundscapes, there’s a lot to take in over the album’s 45-minute duration and the repeating ideas in each track work well because it enables the music to really get into your head and under your skin. Second track Heavy Nå is a particularly good example of this – the lead melody is presented to the listener in several different forms and styles, and it’ll be rattling round your head before you know it!

The flow of Heliotropiske Reiser is great, and the piece almost sounds like one continuous song with five different facets to it. It certainly works best as one continuous listen, and the colour and uniqueness in the presentation is tremendous, and you really get drawn in as you follow the music through each twist and turn it takes.

All in all, this is an awesome album. Alwanzatar has really created something great here and I for one am already excited to see what he cooks up next!

9/10

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Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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