GLAMOUR BOX ULVER MESSE I.X-IV.X
Since I was first introduced to the world of Ulver when I was in junior high, they have been one of my greatest sources of inspiration and favorite bands I have ever had the privilege of listening to. Their music is always evolving in the best ways possible and I envy their ability to create what ever they want and be successful doing so. That is a dream come true for any artist.
Their latest masterpiece, Messe I.X-IV.X, is a powerhouse of collaboration. Commissioned by the Tromsø Kulturhus (House of Culture) in their native Norway, Ulver performed this inspired work with the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra. These compositions were created and arranged by Ulver with the help of composer Martin Romberg, whose touch should not go unnoticed in this collaborative effort.
In relation to their other albums, the band has said that Messe I.X-IV.X best feels like a companion to their 2007 release Shadows of the Sun (another album in my library that I am rather fond of).
Below, I would like to quote from the album’s mini-site:
“The Norwegian masters have evolved over the past two decades to cross an astonishing body of disciplines, taking in ambient, avant-garde, electronic, psychedelic, prog and jazz influences. Now it is their electronic, atmospheric and classical sensibilities which come to the fore. In a short message to their fans – subtly alluding to the darkness of history – the band named some of their influences for Messe I.X–VI.X:
«Gorecki’s No. 3: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. It haunted us for years and probably always will. The Gustavs Mahler and Holst. Sound collages from When or Nurse with Wound. 70’s kraut and synth. Ash Ra and Autobahn. 80’s pop scores. John Carpenter and Tin Drum. Terry Riley, again and again and again. Saint John of the Cross.»
Ulver summer 2013″
I really could not have said it any better myself. I extend my appreciation to Kscope records for all they do on behalf of their artists. They are great people.
Since this week’s song is a part of such a compositional album, it was difficult to choose one piece from the six. Glamour Box (Ostinati), paired with Song Of Man at the heart of the album, only stood out to me as exceptional works. I highly recommend taking the 45 minutes to meditate with the album in its entirety. Enjoy.