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by Hjortur

Electronic, Ambient, New Age, World, Spoken Word, Pop
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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1. You Are The One
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2. The Paradoxical Commandments
3:09 $0.99
3. Azure
4:58 $0.99
4. Shining Bright
5:12 $0.99
5. Wind Of Green
3:32 $0.99
6. United
3:45 $0.99
7. The Answer
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8. Sail Away
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9. Rearranging
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10. Sha-lala-lala
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Album Notes
Yes... once again - a new release from Hjortur.

Chandni, an Indian word meaning "night light"- like starlight and moonlight, or in Hjortur's mind it could also be lights from satellites or signals from the universe straight into your mind. Light - is what we see...

Hjortur has been busy; this is his 4th release this year! He has released an album called "Work" under the name "Alfarspace", and a single "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" under his own name. On the 13th of August he released "Humanize" under the name "The Mercuriis". This song has been played a lot on the Danish Radio Barometer Netradio.

This new album "Chandni" is very soft, and the few words on it are really thought-provoking... like the song "The Paradoxical Commandments". The words were written by Mr. Kent M. Keith in 1968 and have traveled all around the world and into Hjortur's mind and from there onto this album with music really matching the words.

Give yourself a moment of peace and listen to the music. You will feel it right under you skin... and it will take you to the stars. Yes, that's where your moment is.

Visit www.hjortur.dk for more!

The story behind The Paradoxical Commandments (track #2)

For more than thirty years, The Paradoxical Commandments have circled the globe. They have been put on walls and refrigerator doors, featured in speeches and articles, preached from pulpits, and shared extensively on the web. They have been used by business leaders, military commanders, government officials, religious leaders, university presidents, social workers, teachers, rock stars, parents, coaches, and students. Mother Teresa thought the Paradoxical Commandments were important enough to put up on the wall of her children's home in Calcutta.

The Paradoxical Commandments have touched the hearts of millions of people all over the world.

The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent M. Keith in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders.

"In the year 2000 I found these words on the Internet" says Hjortur. "The title I found was Words To Live By (also called "Anyway"), and I composed the music and spoke these fine words to it. In 2004 I decided to release the music on my next album, "Chandni". So I looked all over for the author and found him in Honolulu, Hawaii. I was at that time aware of that the title is The Paradoxical Commandments".



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Connexion Bizarre (Portugal)

"With Hjortur, the challenge is in taking the CD off repeat"
Reviewing ambient music, one of my favourite styles, is always a challenge. The same cliches crop up, words like "ethereal" and "atmospheric" - or you react against that and are reduced to onomatopoeia - "wooshing," "clanging" or whatever. With Hjortur, the challenge is in taking the CD off repeat. "Chandni" is a collision of genres - synthpop, folk, indie - but presented to the listener through opaque filters, not so much watering down more straightforward songs and mixing them out of our hearing range, but using subtlety and wit to offer both the beauty and functionality of ambient.
With instrumentals like "Azure", layering shoegazer guitar chords over melodic, bubbling synthesis, beauty and lightness are the order of the day. "Wind of Green" lifts the listener dreamily with its space-pop leanings. "Sha-lala-lala" is the definitive track on the disc for me, with it's string chords phasing in and out as to mimic an orchestra and synthpop bass and vocals, it could be Serge Gainsbourg or Depeche Mode or Von Karajan - or all three, several rooms away in an icy haze.
At times cold and mystical, but never grave, at times strange and playful, always pretty and always washed in ambience, Hjortur's Chandni makes for pleasant listening. Ignore the cringeworthy New Age tag, and press play. You'll be pining for the fjords.

-- James Ryan [7/10]

Bliss Aquamarine (UK)

Hjortur is good at genre-hopping and there's a lot of that...
Hot on the heels of various other projects from Hjortur comes this new album, which shows yet another side to his musical creativity. You Are The One is a kind of new age/folk/world music thing with an ethereal-voiced guest female singer. The Paradoxical Commandments has Hjortur reciting Kent M Keith's words over an electronic backing which again has quite a new age quality. Azure is a melodic guitar/synth instrumental that's very calm and very beautiful. Shining Bright is well-crafted laid-back pop. Wind of Green is inventive, laid-back and floaty folk-pop. United and Rearranging are both atmospheric electropop which has a meditative quality but also manages to be strongly melodic. The Answer is laid-back and atmospheric pop which includes some electronically processed church bells near the end. Hjortur is good at genre-hopping and there's a lot of that in Sail Away, which is a kind of folky, atmospheric, ambient pop. Sha-lala-lala does the genre-hopping thing again, combining neoclassical with electronica with poppy 'sha-la-la' vocals.
This is much more relaxed music than Hjortur's previous albums. Some might even call this 'easy listening' but I think that would be unfair as it manages to avoid the blandness associated with that genre. It's calm music but not bland music. There's far too much creativity and originality here for it to be dull. - Kim Harten

Jyllands Posten (Denmark)

Beautiful homogeneous new album from Hjortur.
COMPOSITION - Beautiful homogeneous new album from Hjortur. And this time it is more in the meditation (instrumental) style, with only limited use of words. With that very important exception in the recitation of Kent M. Keith's words "The Paradoxical Commandments" which words Mother Therese made her own. The title of the album means starlight and moonlight in India, and indeed the light is the sign of the ten new songs. -ug-

One Way Magazine (USA), February/March 2005  by Lynne Bronstein

The new century’s “Desiderata.”
Chandni (Around The Corner Records), an Indian word meaning “night light,” is the latest album by prolific Danish ambient composer Hjortur. It’s mostly instrumental tracks with vocal touches that soothe and lull the listener. Hjortur’s musical setting of the pop homily ”The Paradoxical Commandments” could be the new century’s “Desiderata.”

Review in Fufkin (USA), March 2005  by Kevin Mathews

Ambient electronic music from Denmark
"Let me make it easier for you to decide what's really worth pursuing this year…"

Ambient electronic music from Denmark by an artist who grew up in Iceland and lived with Bjork for one year when they were children (3-4 years old). Seriously. What about the music? Great background stuff - soothing, the kind you might find on glossy TV commercials.