Mathias Grassow | Dämmerung

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by Mathias Grassow

A long flowing epos, Grassow's dedication to the Sun and her voyage across the burning evening skies of Northern Europe.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fading Light
9:25 album only
2. A Bed of Clouds
19:52 album only
3. Setting Sun
9:44 album only
4. Last Rays
13:23 album only
5. Nightfall
6:04 album only
6. Entering the Between
14:45 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The long and often dreary winters in the north are characterized by burning nightskies as the cold tears into the skin and the wind torments our eyes. Conversely the short summers with their bright colours and dreamlike nights have a very profound effect on the people and creatures dwelling underneath.Sleeping by an open window the pleasant song of a mad happy Blackbird floats in on the breeze and blends with your dreams, while Swifts race through the moist evening skies and stray unemployed wasps feast upon sweet nectar in the mild August night. Dämmerung, a long flowing epos recorded in 2010, is Grassow's dedication to the Sun and her voyage across the burning evening skies of Northern Europe.



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Richard Gurtler

"Dämmerung" masterfully reveals beautiful sonic exploration dedicated to the Sun
Welcome to the drone heaven!!! Yes, here is the first of three sonic installments by the German drone alchemist Mathias Grassow, released on Swedish Gterma label at the beginning of June 2012, together with "Wisdom Of Fate" and "Uttarakuru", both a 2CD editions. Continuous drones of the most gigantic caliber invade the opening journey, "Fading Light", along with distant cicadas, water sounds and some factory-like effusions, all magically wrapped by nocturnal ambience. Will this man ever stop to impress me with his mind-bending dronescapes? 9 and half minutes of intensely packed drone bliss!!! "A Bed Of Clouds", just like its title, enters more relieving and graciously gliding drone terrains. Hitting nearly 20-minute mark, the piece moves through various, slowly evolving passages, reaching its peak in the middle. The rest is slightly more tranquilizing, but again staticly expanding and entering shadowy cloudscapes, that might be broken apart after a thunderstorm. "Setting Sun" slips into lighter drone territories, but enriched here and there by hidden dramatic scenarios. "Last Rays" are supported by abyssal drones, more static in their structure, but evoking enormously mysterious and magical atmosphere due to powerfully flowing remote choir-like sounds and circling tinkles. This heavy drone wizardry overlaps also to the next composition, "Nightfall", enriched by glimmeringly expanding tension and evoking the most fascinating and dramatic sundown horizon. One of the highlights and pure sonic ecstasy guaranteed!!! The closing "Entering The Between" clocks to 15-minute mark and ventures into soothing domains with staticly spreading and progressing drifts, again magnificently supported by distant choirs. A truly grandiose finale!!! "Dämmerung" masterfully reveals beautiful sonic exploration dedicated to the Sun, one of the most fascinating mysteries of the universe, by holding the traditional "Made By Mathias Grassow" signature. As usual, gorgeous 12-page booklet is included, this time with stunning twilight photographs.

Richard Gürtler (Jun 21, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)