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File under: Ambient

Tor Lundvall

Witness Marks - The Works Of John B. McLemore

Label: Dais Records

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

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New York painter and musician Tor Lundvall initially envisioned his 14th album, Beautiful Illusions, as an entirely instrumental affair, “inspired by memories of sitting in a church or cathedral watching the shifting sunlight through stained glass.” Although he ultimately chose to wreath the majority of the tracks with hushed, poetic vocals, his original muse still resonates. These are certainly songs of shadowplay and vaulted skies, the quiet grandeur of dusk deepening on the horizon. Lundvall characterizes the lyrical subject matter, too, in ways both specific and surreal, exploring “the doubts, the anxieties and even the bleak fantasies the mind spirals into during moments of isolation, separation and distance.” Tricks of the eye, mind, and ear, magnified by silence and the looming long winter.

Shivering pulses and muted bass lines tread the twilight while icicle synths and wiry guitar map the melody until the voice enters, narrating oblique moods of essence and absence, tenderness and truth. Glimpses of dark humor flicker in the wordplay but the greater sonic landscape is one of falling leaves and failing light, small gestures rendered as revelation, cloaked in reverb and spatial fog. Lundvall’s mastery of nuance and negative space continues to heighten, whispered brushstrokes of the invisible and the unsaid, what lies beneath and what lies beyond: “Behind the shields and false fronts is usually a sadness. The heartbreaking reflections of what might have been.”

File under: Ambient
Cat. number: DAIS 096
Year: 2018
Track 2 inspired by [a34622] Track 3 for [url=https://www.discogs.com/artist/11324-Francisco-L%C3%B3pez]Francisco Lopez[/url] Track 6 is taken from part one of John B.'s remix series Special thanks to: Robert Mizaki, Reta Lawrence, Craig Cargile and The Estate of John B. McLemore © & ℗ 2018 Tor Lundvall, Eternal Autumn Editions (ASCAP) / The Estate of John B. McLemore On front: Tor Lundvall Presents Witness Marks The Works Of John B. McLemore On spine: Tor Lundvall Presents: Witness Marks - The Works Of John B. McLemore Sleeve notes: Tor Lundvall January 17th, 2018 John B. McLemore September 10th, 2012 On hype sticker: Includes bonus track "Before Winter's Death". Disc manufacturer derived from the matrix inscription. Issued in 6-panel Digipak-style packaging. Barcode printed on sticker.

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