Steve Von Till (Neurosis) may have a reputation as a psychedelic guitarist in the heavy music sphere, but his Harvestman project comes much nearer to producing Tangerine Dream-esque soundscapes, despite the prominence of the guitar as an instrument. Trinity, the third of the project's albums, is a limited edition issue of the soundtrack to a film called "h2Odio" by Italian director Alex Infascelli .
The music, although pleasant, did not conjure up alternate worlds for me in the same way that some instrumental ambient music can: regular readers will know that I've written about such soundscapes in the past. But, with Trinity I had to read the promo material to discover that the music was accompanying a "psychological thriller" which "juxtaposed the beautiful remote island landscape with the tormented psyche and tension of the plot".
The music gave me no hint of a "psychological thriller", nor did it conjure up beautiful landscapes. Sure, it was pleasant, but the almost undisturbed slowness of the tempo and the lack of inventiveness of the arrangements and melodic development inspired little in the way of imagery. As music on a stand-alone CD, its ambient soundscape would mainly be used as an aid to meditation. Those of you keen on such music - starting with the reference call to Tangerine Dream (though, to be fair to them, much of their work is more inspiring), then through the gamut of Brian Eno's atmospheric stuff and other, general meditative, non-mantric soundscapes - may want to check this out.
3) March to Loch Barren
4) Pure Space
5) Amongst the Heather
7) Don't Play With Water
8) Dead Flowers
9) Pure Phase
14) The Thunderer
15) Sheep Crook and Black Dog
16) Pure Space II
Added: August 5th 2010
Reviewer: Alex Torres
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Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-08-05 15:03:05
Trinity is not what you'd expect from Neurosis guitarist Steve Von Till. His Harvestman act, more of a vehicle for his guitar to produce lush and spacey soundscapes, here provides the soundtrack to the film "h2Odio" by Italian director Alex Infascelli . Doomy sludge metal this certainly is not.
Most of what you'll hear on Trinity is very calm and serene, as Steve's guitar layerings take you on a journey that doesn't really have a lot of twists and turns, but certainly is good at setting a mood. Though he tries to get his guitar to sound like an early 70's synth on "March to Loch Barren", his gentle strumming and intelligent use of melodic chord voicings on the title track as well as "Harvestmesse" works quite well. The lush chords of "Pure Space" combat some futuristic tones, bringing to mind early Tangerine Dream as well as classic Pink Floyd, and the ominous drones and desolate atmosphere of "Melleadh" ultimately are very chilling indeed, almost invoking thoughts of extreme claustrophobia.
At well over an hour, Trinity is perhaps a bit too long, and some of this meanders just a tad too far into similar territory, but there's no denying that a good part of what you'll hear on this CD is quite eerie and would be the perfect soundtrack to any horror, sci-fi, or thriller film. It won't make you forget Tangerine Dream's Zeit, but then again, what will?
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