March 2006: Announcing: Empty City by Tor Lundvall (ghost ambient)
"strange & exquisite sounds"
New England USA
Tor Lundvall’s Empty City
file under: ghost ambient
In 2005, New York based painter & musician Tor Lundvall (ex-World Serpent UK) unveiled Last Light, his latest album of curiously listenable, ghostly ambient music, and his first to feature proper “songs” with vocals. Last Light proved to be Tor’s best seller, and has accumulated critical praise from e/i to Gothic Beauty to Terrorizer.
This month, Strange Fortune opens the gates to what we believe to be the first essential release of 2006, Tor Lundvall’s Empty City.
Every Tor Lundvall release is distinct, and while Empty City may in some ways be considered a companion to Last Light, sharing its deep resonating sonic character, in other ways it’s an opposite release. Where Last Light was about looking inward, Empty City ventures out to a fantastic, frightening new world, a decayed urban setting much different than anything Tor ever explored in the past. Where Last Light was centered around words, on Empty City the music takes over once again. There are vocals but used exclusively in an instrumental manner, no lyrics needed this time.
While countless electronic music makers regularly deliver new recordings to fit in the ambient music category, with Tor Lundvall what you get is a new category to discover. The subtle underlying melodic structure of this music means it may be the most listenable “ambient” music you’ve ever heard, while it’s all drenched in a singularly moody, haunted atmosphere that is Tor’s real trademark. We believe what Tor is doing is the best and most exciting thing happening in the ambient electronic music world. File under: “ghost ambient."
For maximum listener enjoyment, the music of Tor Lundvall is best taken together with Tor’s phantasmagoric visuals (see the online gallery at torlundvall.com), for a total aesthetic experience so striking you’ll never forget it.
Hear a one minute preview of Tor Lundvall's Empty City at Strange Fortune
Michael J. Salo
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