White MountainAlbum |
Landscape-driven ambient atmospheres
Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Ulfur Hansson has spent some time working with Sigur Ros vocalist Jonsi on his solo projects, but that self-consciously epic vibe is pleasantly absent from Ulfur's own solo debut, White Mountain. A barely half-hour assemblage constructed out of simple electronic washes, delicate acoustic and electric guitars, and ambient field recordings (rhythm tracks built from the sound of stones dropping into ponds, that sort of thing), White Mountain at times threatens to dissolve into the sort of pleasant nothingness they play at low volumes in high-ticket relaxation spas. But subtle touches like the heavily-processed vocals (by Mountain Man singer Alexandra Sauser-Monnig) that infiltrate the chilly "So Very Strange" or the shivering overtones of the closing "Molasses" keep the whole from drifting off into the ether.