Biosphere – Cirque
- First Date:
- EU - Reissue
2016 Reissue as Triple Vinyl Edition.
Cirque - originally released in 2000 - was Biosphere´s first album for the UK label Touch. This new re-issue comes with a 6-track bonus album and new artwork.
Mojo (UK): Fourth full album from ambient pioneer. Coming to prominence with 1992's Microgravity - which along with the first couple of Aphex/Polygon Window CDs, defined the genre ambient - Geir Jenssen as Biosphere has made three of the '90s' best albums, culminating with last year's near beatless Substrata. The idea - as it always was thanks to Eno's On Land - is music as environment (reflecting, creating): working from his base in Tromso, Arctic Norway, Jenssen offers a polar, Apollonian exploration of the human psyche. Cirque is a perfectly constructed 47-minute sequence: cold clarity up against real depth of field, synth cycles dissolving into sudden moments of sonic revelation that sound like a waking dream - try the first 20 seconds of Black Lamb and Grey Falcon. (And if you think that's pretentious - your loss). Inspired by the story of a young American, Chris McCandless, who walked alone into the Alaskan wilderness and perished, Cirque balances the tightrope between warmth and unease, resolving into a moon melody that leaves you a peace. What a good record! [Jon Savage].
|A1.||Nook & Cranny||Geir Jenssen||04:01|
|A2.||Le Grand Dôme||Geir Jenssen||05:40|
|A4.||Black Lamb & Grey Falcon||Geir Jenssen||05:18|
|B1.||Miniature Rock Dwellers||Geir Jenssen||01:06|
|B2.||When I Leave||Geir Jenssen||06:04|
|B3.||Iberia Eterea||Geir Jenssen||06:36|
|B4.||Moistened & Dried||Geir Jenssen||03:37|
|C1.||Algae & Fungi (Part 1)||Geir Jenssen||05:36|
|C2.||Algae & Fungi (Part 2)||Geir Jenssen||05:17|
|C3.||Too Fragile To Walk On||Geir Jenssen||04:51|
|D1.||When I Leave (Finely Tuned Ve...||Geir Jenssen||06:49|
|D2.||Algae & Fungi (Candelaria Ver...||Geir Jenssen||05:46|
|F1.||Slowly Etching||Geir Jenssen||07:12|
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