Northaunt started in 1996, by Herleif Langas & Ketil Soraker to create atmospheric, melancholic ambient mixing environmental recordings and minimalistic melodic elements (usually piano or guitar), treated nature sounds, samples and bits of melodies.
"Barren Land" is the second full-length release from Northaunt, after "The Ominous Silence" 2001.
Recorded 2002-2003 during a one year stay in Spitzbergen, an island in the arctic region north of Norway.
A desolate place that together with field recordings from various places (Norway/Spitzbergen/Greenland) has inspired the most arctic album by Northaunt.
Barren Land is a masterpiece of nature's inspired ambience, release that returns the listener to the icy floes of Norway, not only figuratively presented but also literally sampled woven into a poignant ambient work that is a worthy heir.
Seeking to underpin humankind‚s intrinsic relationship with nature, the music delves far more than simple reverb and endless drone; melodic guitar performs contrapuntal to glacial drifts groaning as giants, evanescent lisps of male and female voice grace the skies like aurora, plaintive piano swirls in the eddies of gelid and industrial storms.
The sound is sumptuous, the sampled atmosphere is crystal-clear, fermenting an ever-evolving stereo experience buoyed through the minutiae within each sculpted locations. Overall, the album‚s tone, while melancholy, is not oppressively dark, nor is it too gloom-shrouded for that matter, leaving the mood pleasantly doleful.
An organic mutability infuses the album, each track stands apart from another, and within itself gelid textures explore and evoke the Antarctic Ocean currents and lonely land it surrounds.
Lovers of high quality and individualistic ambient music will not go unrewarded should you pick up this gem among the snowfields.
And finally here coms the expanded edition of this beautiful recording.
In addition to the "Barren Land", you will find extra CD incl. mini-album "In The Midst Of Life, We Are In Death" also from 2004, unreleased track "Winter II" from 2004 as well and absolutly NEW(!) composition "Hopeless Dreams" which is the 1st track recorded by both Northaunt members since 2006.
1-1 Dying Day / Dawn And Ashes 7:46
1-2 A Silent Battle 4:38
1-3 Kapp Farvel 3:43
1-4 Whiteout 3:57
1-5 Laid Bare Beneath The Stars 5:14
1-6 Just Another Cold Spring 2:32
1-7 Lost Days 2:42
1-8 Varghjerte 11:27
1-9 The Fire 6:15
1-10 Shadows Over The Barren Land 6:28
2-1 Autumn Cold, Rain From The Stars 20:42
2-2 Winter II 4:12
2-3 Hopeless Dreams 7:30
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