Release 26 March 2021
Label: Imogena Records (IGCD251)
On ”Dark Lights” Thymeshift has invited Danish keyboard player/composer and instrument innovator Katrine Amsler. This unit takes the music in directions unheard of before, combining strong improvisations, electronic moods with cinematic soundscapes all performed with a raw rock edge. The melodic tunes and adventurous improvisations takes the listener for a rollercoaster ride through Dark and Light. Inside and out.
The musicians involved can be heard in several groups from Sweden/Denmark like Klabbes Bank, Television Pickup, Dynamic Flavours, Monochromatics, Dundret, Lindha Kallerdahl Gold, Shitney and more!
With support from Swedish Arts Council.
Katrine Amsler – keyboards, electronics, laptop, voice
Johan Björklund – drums, keyboards, percussion, bass, treatments, voice
Thomas Gunillasson – guitar, laptop, treatments, voice
Thomas Backman – saxophone, clarinet, voice
”Amsler’s opening «Break the Silence»’ is a suggestive, mysterious soundscape that sends Thymeshift into sparse, atmospheric territories, and the following, title-piece intensifies this cinematic course but matches it with a subtle pulse. Gunillasson’s «Youth Country» survived from Thymeshift’s 2015 session and returns to the acrobatic, fusion interplay of Thymeshift, and Amsler’s colors this kind of dramatic interplay with subversive shades on «Quiet Music for Large Ensemble 4», with samples of human voices.Thymeshifts surprises with Gunillasson’s touching and soulful arrangement of the traditional «Östbjörka Dub» (performed before by another band of Gunillasson, Les Pickadoles). Amsler’s «Average Speed» continues this delicate, lyrical course and sketches a fragile yet dramatic and mysterious story. Björklund’s «Minst» deepens the fragile, enigmatic atmosphere with its nuanced static noises. Björklund and Gunillasson’s «Khroma» sends Thymeshift to exotic territories, and these new territories are further explored in the minimalist and suggestive «Displacements», penned by the four musicians. Amsler’s «Quiet Music for Large Ensemble 3» brings back Thymeshift to its powerful, dramatic mode, but, again, spices it with subversive, ironic noises, but Gunillasson’s «Moonday» returns to the lyrical, soulful atmosphere of «Dark Lights». This adventure ends with the brief, atmospheric «Soft Transition into Dark Lights», written by Amsler, Björklund and Gunillasson, a fitting conclusion to this rollercoaster ride through dark and light.”
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