2012 Projekt PRO278 (CD)
"Erik Wøllo manages to synthesize influences from Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd to Steve Reich and modern electronica. But as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary instrumental music, he's truly morphed these sounds into a image-evoking modality that is wholly his own." -- John Diliberto, Echoes Radio
On his 16th solo album, Airborne, Norwegian guitarist/synthesist Erik Wøllo's unique musical imagination creates passionate and reflective electronic/ambient passages that bridge his melodic moving musicality with tranquil atmospheric altitudes. The album's twelve sculptured compositions reveal a fine eye for form and detail with smooth and gentle flights through intriguing and sensitive environments. This is a musical voyage conjuring images of floating horizons and new unexplored worlds.
Erik says, "Imagine you are sitting on an airplane. The power of the engine moves you forward over the landscape and everything you know passes below. You have the perfect overview; you see your life and your existence more clearly, with a continuous flow of thoughts. The journey becomes more of a travel in psychic time, rather than just taking you from place A to B, using hours and minutes. I explored this sense of an Airborne feeling while working on these tracks. It's music that is both adventurous and uplifting."
After his successful Gateway release, Erik takes things to a more introspective height offering a grand breathing space of expansive warm electronics and sparkling guitars. At the same time, electronic beats course in and out of the tracks with a potent mix of melodic electric guitar weaving through the electronic sequencer grooves on tracks such as "Airborne 2," "North of the Mountain" and "Time River". There are also wonderful forays into ambient soundscapes on beatless songs like "Lost and Found," "The Longest Day" and "Airborne 3," with a hazy flow of guitars, layered swirling synths and vivid airy effects. This is new age music that plunges the listener into an exotic dream, gently guiding the emotions via the masterfully conceived flow of the material.
"A blend of light and dark, alien and familiar. Flowing ambient sounds are punctuated by moments of drama and rhythmic intensity, melding the ambient, electronica, and progressive fusion genres." -- Bill Binkelman, New Age Retailer.
Erik's two milestone collaborative albums with Steve Roach -- STREAM OF THOUGHT and THE ROAD ETERNAL -- influenced his musical path on Airborne, inspiring the exploration of the terrain between melodic electronic and modern minimalism.
For all lovers of evocative, floating ambience and lush electronic sound painting, Airborne represents an inviting musical journey. The lavish layered soundscapes take the listener to ethereal and soaring heights that produce textural vistas of delicate grandeur and shimmering eternal elegance.
A review from Sonic Immersion:
Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Erik Wøllo already has a beautiful, extensive list of solo and collaborative releases under his belt, to which Airborne makes a great addition.
Known for his highly emotive and sensitive approach, Erik again has incorporated minimal, contemporary and symphonic styles in his music that lend the melodic, highly cinematic outcome an uplifting, journey-like and overall positive feel.
The 67 minutes of nicely floating, slightly forward-driven music spread out over twelve tracks, is a beautiful alchemy of electronic pads, groovy-oriented sequencer patterns, along various e-guitars and percussive elements. Being reflective, adventurous and passionate in nature, the lush sonic painting spreads an impeccable grandeur with exciting and sparkling undercurrents that make it a happy and unhurried flight over unexplored, imaginary landscapes with broad vistas.
All in all, besides the introspective, smoothly drifting aerial passages, Airborne achieves a great dreamy flow with its continuous ambient voyage of expansive, warm soundscapes and the right dose of tasty guitar licks and rhythm. As usual, the spacious sound design and mastering by Mr. Wøllo are superb. -- Bert Strolenberg
A review from Star's End:
To those among us who are not yet fans of Erik Wøllo, whatever are you waiting for? His exceptionally well-crafted music has been setting trends and stirring thoughts for many years. But it is not too late to engage with Norway's most interesting multi-instrumentalist as his starry career seems in constant ascension. Airborne is his 16th solo release and a great place to begin collecting! Bringing to this project a diverse musical background Erik Wøllo delivers 12 tracks of contemporary instrumental music informed but not ruled by his experiences in orchestral composition, world music, electronica, ambient and spacemusic. Sparks fly as Wøllo follows the beat's story with pristine piano notes, lush synthesizer arrangements and the soft distortion of his blessed guitar tone.
When the mood turns more contemplative we encounter minor key chords rolling outward through cavernous reverb -- quiet expressions of deep emotions. As with all of Wøllo's albums, Airborne seems to possess a musical variety on the surface, but there is a cohesion underneath. The structure of each piece holds a uniformity of proportion, balance, symmetry, pacing and overall sonics -- which helps make Airborne seem like one work unfolding over many parts. We know that there is no one right way to make an album, but lots of wrong ways -- the whole process is very personal. Erik Wøllo knows this too, playing completely from that place that he feels in his heart. -- Chuck van Zyl, Star's End
|1. ||Spring Equinox (prelude)||MP3||4:10|| |
|2. ||The Drift||MP3||5:17|| |
|3. ||Red Earth||MP3||7:00|| |
|4. ||Airborne 1||MP3||5:39|| |
|5. ||Circle Lake||MP3||4:30|| |
|6. ||Lost and Found||MP3||6:40|| |
|7. ||Airborne 2||MP3||5:30|| |
|8. ||The Longest Day||MP3||6:02|| |
|9. ||Time River||MP3||6:37|| |
|10. ||North of the Mountains||MP3||5:14|| |
|11. ||The Magic Spot||MP3||6:00|| |
|12. ||Airborne 3||MP3||5:08|| |