Besides, I quickly decided to postpone this review until a few days before the actual release. It would be a shame if this one goes unnoticed and fades away into the huge pile of reviews before people can actually buy the album. So, therefore, the review appears today and if you're too lazy to read further, I can tell you that this is a must-have for fans of experimental and somewhat unusual ambient music.
Sofie Birch is 28-year old composer from Denmark. Perhaps you know her for her ambient and humorous scores and sound designs on a long line of animated shortfilms. For this solo album, she wanted to create something that made sense in her own head only, coping with dreams and emotions. In a way, I think she succeeded in that, as this is a rather unique piece of ambient, stubbornly following its own course.
Yet, another part of me wants to claim that these tracks make sense for me too, and perhaps to a large part of the ambient community. The six tracks here are made out of field recordings, a plethora of instruments, electronics and Sofie's own voice. The result is an adventurous album, where ambient music meets the avant carde of sound design and the nervous nature of free jazz. Laraaji and Eno come to mind, something that doesn't often happen.
But yes, I think I know how Sofie must have felt while making this album. Comfortable but somewhat uneasy. Certain of her musical qualities but doubting tiny aspects. Trying to play it safe but not being able to withstand to experiment. Being an ambient producer myself, I can imagine the recording process and I wish I was there to witness it. But since that's not possible, I will just keep on enjoying this breathtaking album and I urge you to do the same.