SIGTRYGGUR BERG SIGMARSSON: So Long CD The Helen Scarsdale Agency
Taking approximately fifteen years to complete Sigmarsson provides us with three long tracks of ambient and drone over the space of and hour and seven minutes. For some this will test the patience; for others this will provide an opportunity to sit and observe what appears in the cracks and crevices of subtlety along the way. I sit in the middle, in all honesty; and approached this work with minor trepidation.
The aptly titled ‘So Long’, is an interesting affair for the most part; it works better on CD as well, as this would be broken up too much in any other format. Resonating swells appear through the dense fog of machine hums and breathing field recordings; and ‘Eight Hour Delay’ eventually unfolds into a cloud of ghostly Dark Ambient.
‘The Trip’ starts immediately where its predecessor left off, evolving into a sea of elevating pads that echo out as a beacon of light; guiding the ship of sound to shore, where the ‘Late Night Arrival’ takes an altogether more sinister turn. Awaiting our traveller sits a harbour of desolate blackness where the ominous hum of digital blackness engulfs all that drop anchor.
Overall, ‘So Long’ is a gripping and intriguing journey, that rewards the more patient out there, with many a twist and turn for those with eager ears; to latch onto the minor nuances of sound that interrupt this subterranean behemoth of Drone.