Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer highlights

After a rather wet July the recent week has finally seen a return of the heat, and with it the damp grey clouds floated away to the east. We are once again blessed with a nightsky that is filled with both colours and stars. It is nights like these you never want to be turned into day. Dreams and thoughts collide on a smell of wild flowers and the calls from the young Grebes nearby. We celebrate summer with two new albums.
[gterma047] : Mathias Grassow - The Darklight Quest (out now)

One of the strangest and most fascinating aspects of ambient music is the way it can sometimes morph from sonic wallpaper -where it basically functions as a soundtrack- into an agent of transformation, allowing the reshaping of the perceived world around the listener. Some of Mathias' albums have had this effect on me before, and the Darklight Quest definitely falls into this territory. gterma is happy to shine a light on this now mostly forgotten treasure, originally released as a DIY CDr in 1998.
[gterma049] : Sergey Gabbasov & SiJ - Perseides (out now)

Welcome along on another trip into the forgotten hinterlands of the Eurasian plateau. Sergey and Vladimir once again skillfully guide us through the dusty backwater trails of the Mongol steppe, along the winding mountain roads that slither through the steep valleys of the Central Asian mountain ranges past crumbling old villages where hardship and beauty go hand in hand. No manmade light disturbs the eternal slumber of the starry nightsky and every cave, every hill, seems under the influence of some forgotten deity or spirit being.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Promise of Spring

It seems we have survived through yet another cold season. The grip of the cold is waning and the days start to grow longer. This is a battle that Winter cannot win. We say our thanks and give our offerings.

[gterma048] : David Parsons - Puja (out now)

David Parsons revisits gterma with a new album which was completed in 2015. Although perhaps mainly known for his panoramic and almost cinematic Himalayan soundworlds, on Puja he continues his more recent tradition of travelling the inner horizon. And in so doing, he also invites us listeners to undertake similar journeys of our own. Puja is a mysterious and magic constellation, fuelled by the spirit and discipline of the age old Asian cultures and philosophies. Comes in jewel case with 8-page booklet.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Peak Ice

The new year is already washing over us, overwhelming in its intensity. Seems a good time then, to escape the noise into a peaceful abode in the northern hinterlands. Spring will come soon enough, but for now we can enjoy the magnificent and mysterious November light. And just exactly what was it those fishermen saw that day, all those years ago? [gterma044] : Havdis - Novemberlys (out now)

When the darkness of the wilting season seems the most compact, when the abyss is staring back at us through the naked branches of every tree and the forests turn eerily silent, we are also reminded of the stark beauty that encapsulates us. It is the season of introspection, and of winter sleep. On Novemberlys we collect seven pieces that immerse themselves into the strange light of winter. Album in jewelcase with 8-page booklet.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Santa Sangre yearly review - Interview with Mathias Grassow

2015 Through My Eyes: Mathias Grassow
The always excellent webzine Santa Sangre continues with its ambitious and interesting year through my eyes review series, checking in with many of the household names in the ambient/industrial scene, feeling the pulse of individual artists. Follow this link to learn more about what Mathias has been up to during 2015.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Midwinter Century

It seems we have survived deep into what may well be the darkest and rainiest winter for quite some time. As we have arrived at the very longed for winter solstice, it seemed fitting to mark the occasion. It is still a bit early to look for signs of spring (although I did see a rat chase a rolling apple down the street last night...) so gterma will sink deep into the dark season with this selection of tracks from the Grassow back catalogue. Apart from the classic droneworks we also immerse ourselves into the shamanic period of Mathias' more recent works. Thanks to everyone who have journeyed with gterma during 2015 and hope to see you back in 2016.

Friday, October 16, 2015

October Tide

October is generally a rather dark month over here, but this year has seen somewhat milder weather and some spectacular sunsets. Today the evening sky was a deep blue ocean full of little golden islets spreading in wavy patterns across the entire sky. I found myself almost falling upwards into the heavens, losing myself in the ocean above.

Released today are two albums that also gracefully drift between the depths of the oceans and the heavens. [gterma045] : As If - Havet (out now)

Kenneth Werner returns to gterma with an album inspired by the ocean that surrounds his home island of Bornholm. During our stay we will experience the passing of the seasons in the southern Baltic Sea. Twelve deep tracks hovering in the borderlands between dubtechno and ambient, the zone which we find As If returning to again and again. Album in jewel case with 16-page booklet. [gterma046] : Urenga - Pacific Depths (out now)

The last time we encountered Urenga we retraced a confused traveller's journey among the distant islands of the West Pacific, searching for the fabled continent of Mu. On Pacifc Depths, we allow ourselves to catch our breaths and sink our tired souls into the deep blue abyss that is the lost history of Urenga itself. The album is made up of a deep ambient current collected from several digital releases that occurred between 2011 and 2013. Album in jewel case with 16-page booklet.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

End of Summer mix available on Soundcloud

The stars of fall are now around the corner. As the long summernights wane and wither, gterma enlists the help of five Scandinavian artists to uphold the magic a little bit longer.