The biography describes the music of this one-man project perfectly: 'A childhood spent listening to Ennio Morricone's soundtracks, a youth on the sharp edge of the underground extreme metal scene and a whole life sunk into the post-rock molten wax with a strong fascination for the sound of vintage synthesizers'. Blending all these elements together, Australasia comes up with a fascinating post-rock album, a bit 'blackened' at times. It's as if Maybeshewill & The Ocean recreate John Carpenter soundtracks.
After a brief atmospheric into, we're slowly being drenched into the dark but beautiful world of Australasia. 'Eden' comes up with the layers of guitars, the epic drums and touches of of synths. Although the whole is pretty heavy, hence the 'blackened' prefix, there's an enourmous amount of melody, harmonics and soundscapes. The purely electronic bits are hypnotising and when the guitars come in again, the whole turns into a trance-inducing post-rock anthem.
Similar elements make up the entire album, here and there combined with some vocals or vocal samples. These add an extra sense of variation to the music. In 'Creature' there is even a folk element, provided by what sounds like an ancient flute and even strings. I quite like that element. It gives the music a sense of authenticity, or at least it shows that the artist has been wandering around in the vast world of music for a long time. He took a trip through the immense history of controlled sound and chose what suits him best.
'Invisibile' shows a bit more of the 'blackened' side of Asutralasia, or better, the doom side. This song incorporates some female vocals over a very heavy sound, a bit like a heavily distorted Cocteau Twins perhaps. That reminds me, I completely forgot to mention the shoegaze-genre in this album, which is certainly there, drenched in layers of guitars and/or synths. My favorite track is 'Amnesia', an mid-tempo anthem with delightful drones that could have been written by The Cure, meeting up with Daan.
In all, 'Notturno' is a splendid album, highly atmospheric, intensely dark and perfectly varied. In fact, the amount of variation caused me to be surprised over the song duration. I'd really expected them to be a lot longer than they actually are. There's just so much happening in the music that time and space become irrelevant. So my recommendation: check it out. This is one of those gateway albums that make people hungry for new things in their musical adventure.