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Fin De Siècle

by Northern Valentine

Northern Valentine weave meditative drones and soundscapes with "barely there" post-rock instrumentation, creating a tapestry of minimalist ambiance. Heartfelt, soulful and affecting, like gazing into a scrapbook of memories...
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Rue D'auseil
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2. Black Rose
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3. Thousand Eyes
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4. Sink / Rise
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5. Fin De Siècle
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6. The White Mountains
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7. Release
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Northern Valentine is a Philadelphia based ambient/drone collective anchored by husband and wife, Robert and Amy Brown, Jeffrey Bumiller and Matthew Primak. Coaxing sounds from electric and acoustic sources, they weave meditative drones and soundscapes with "barely there" post-rock instrumentation to create a tapestry that Phil McMullen (Terrascope Online) refers to as "minimalist ambiance at its best. Heartfelt, soulful and affecting, like gazing into a scrapbook of memories". The music they create is largely improvisational and is often performed along with films or visuals that the collective has created.

"Fin de siècle" is the second full length album from Northern Valentine, following their 2008 Silber Records debut, "The Distance Brings Us Closer".
The album is composed of music spanning the existence and alternating members of the collective, since 1998, and has maintained a carefree, drifting style represented on previous releases; blending some early studio improvisations, like "Sink/Rise" and "The White Mountains", with improvisations, like "Black Rose" and "Fin de siècle", which were handpicked from live performances.

Writing about their 2008 Silber Records debut, "The Distance Brings Us Closer", Jeff Penczak (Foxy Digitalis) stated..."Northern Valentine’s music delivers a sense of floating in space or a communion with nature where the listener is enveloped in clouds of billowing sonics. The listener’s imagination can run wild creating images to accompany this ambient soundtrack...In sum, an awesomely hypnotic listening experience."

They have drawn comparisons to a wide range of artists; from Labradford, Windy and Carl, Flying Saucer Attack, Fennesz and Eluvium, to Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. They have been performing live since 2006, having toured periodically throughout the Eastern/Southern US, as well as in Iceland in 2008.

They have also been known to make "field trips", showing up to record or perform with portable equipment in natural and unusual settings; ranging from abandoned buildings and ruins, to forests and fields. If you'd like to suggest a unique location, they would be happy to hear from you.

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Kevin Hassett

Best of the best!
Northern Valentine has made a masterpiece. I was very impressed with the well crafted songs on this CD and the over all flow was well plotted. Fin De Siecle is well worth the listen if you enjoy Ambient music at its very best!
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