End of March 2006: Strange Fortune Newsletter: Tor Lundvall Empty City Available NowA Strange Fortune Update End Of March 2006
TOR LUNDVALL'S EMPTY CITY IS RELEASED
Now available is the first essential album of 2006, Tor Lundvall's EMPTY CITY. File under: ghost ambient!
Thanks to all who ordered already, the response is amazing - we're convinced this is going to be huge.
Tor is busy signing these right now, and then preorders begin shipping out, many of you will receive them next week. Be sure to let us know your reactions once you have it.
Tor Lundvall's EMPTY CITY can be yours for just $12 & shipping at
Tor Lundvall / Empty City
ALL ABOUT EMPTY CITY
"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 release 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.
"I have always been fascinated by cities in the Northeast and how they interact with what was once a natural landscape. I used to take the train from Newark, NJ to Washington D.C. in the late 80's. I would stare out the window at abandoned factories and warehouses which were bathed in the dull orange glow of streetlights at night. I wanted to crawl into that hidden world...."
Tor Lundvall, January 2006
Tor Lundvall's Empty City is promoted & distributed worldwide by Strange Fortune.
To hear a one minute sample of Tor Lundvall's Empty City go to
Tor Lundvall / Empty City
LAST CHANCE LAST LIGHT
Still available if you act fast are a few last first edition copies of Tor Lundvall's LAST LIGHT.
Music press reactions to LAST LIGHT, 2005:
"Tor's musical invocations are so authentic and effective it is mesmerizing."
"a haunted and unforgettable surreality."
"a haunting atmosphere bathed in a half-light pitched in the hinterland between sleepiness and wakefulness."
"This record is beautiful. Very beautiful."
"Tor's ability to use chimes and bell-like sounds to create many different moods and settings here is near genius."
"this is a beautifully realised album, unusual in that it's like a form of sleeping sickness... Things are happening all about, but you'd swear it wasn't moving at all."
"I'm convinced that this man is exploring new fields, maybe this way creating new perspectives in ambient... This album is gorgeous!"
"'Last Light' makes Goldfrapp, Scala and Portishead sound like ZZ Top."
"Get lost in it and forget yourself for a while. I did."
"I could sit on my bed all day with Last Light on repeat."
The last numbered copies of Last Light are available to order for just $12 & shipping at
Tor Lundvall / Last Light
GEM OF THE MONTH: DUPARC (THE MYSTERY SCHOOL)
Strange Fortune's Gem of the Month for March 2006 is Duparc's TWILIGHT FELL FROM HIGH ABOVE.
A new project of Carlos Boll of the Mystery School lurks in familiar alleys of ghostly electronically-tinged folk noir, and adds the intriguing female voice of Isabella Piombo.
This Cynfeirdd label album was a 2005 release but only now properly distributed to North America. Strange Fortune is the official source for Cynfeirdd in North America.
Duparc's TWILIGHT FELL FROM HIGH ABOVE is a French import for just $13 & shipping, in stock & available to order right away at
Duparc / Twilight Fell from High Above
NEW RELEASES AT STRANGE FORTUNE
Ab Ovo / Empreintes / $14
Albireon / Il Volo Insonne / $13
Atomine Elektrine / Binomial Fusion / $16
Martyn Bates / Mystery Seas (reissue) / $13
Maurizio Bianchi / A MB Ienh Tale / $13
The Blizzard Sow / Baagou Music / $13
Coil / The Ape of Naples Second Edition / $22
Corde Oblique / Respiri / $13
Duparc / Twilight Fell from High Above / $13
Herr / The Winter of Constantinople Picture Disk LP / $17
In Gowan Ring / Hazel Steps Through a Weathered Home (reissue) / $13
Iszoloscope / The Audient Void / $14
Karnnos / Undercurrents and Lost Horizons / $13
Richard Moult / The Secret Joy / $13
Neither Neither World / Invisible Angel / $13
Nordvargr / Vitagen / $14
Nick Parkin / Refract / $12
Procer Veneficus / Ghostvoices / $11
Snog / Real Estate Man Plus / $14
Synapscape / Act! / $14
Wander / Wander / $13
Pearls Before Swine starring Boyd Rice DVD / $17
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