Biosphere ‎– N-Plants

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Sendai-1 8:01
Shika-1 7:54
Jōyō 5:31
Ikata-1 5:05
Monju-1 2:42
Genkai-1 6:37
Ōi-1 5:10
Monju-2 3:58
Fujiko 4:56

Versions (5)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TO:84 Biosphere N-Plants(CD, Album) Touch TO:84 UK 2011 Sell This Version
BIO6LP Biosphere N-Plants(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Biophon Records BIO6LP Norway 2011 Sell This Version
TO84 Biosphere N-Plants(9xFile, AIFF, Album) Touch TO84 UK 2011
TO84 Biosphere N-Plants(9xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Touch TO84 UK 2011
TO84 Biosphere N-Plants(9xFile, WAV, Album) Touch TO84 UK 2011

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djkiss72

djkiss72

September 21, 2017
referencing N-Plants, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, BIO6LP

I personally wish there would be a 12" remix of Ōi-1.
EdKob

EdKob

October 3, 2016
referencing N-Plants, CD, Album, TO:84
I really love this album. Its somehow simple and leaves out what isn't missing. Like a christmas tree with out any crap hanging on it... ;)
MokeleMbembe

MokeleMbembe

January 17, 2014
referencing N-Plants, CD, Album, TO:84

Very interesting and beautiful album. Requires very carefull listening, a lot of attention to detail, textures. Creates very specific sonic "umwelt". Strange, but to me, N-Plants perfectly continues in the line with Jenssen`s more conceptual work, such as Shenzou or Autour de la Lune, which I favor a little bit over Substrata. I cannot wait Biosphere`s next full album. I hope it again will be something totally new, and as strange and spinechilling, mysterious new sonic world. Biosphere slowly evolves.. there are no boundaries.
Oneirophile

Oneirophile

October 16, 2013
referencing N-Plants, CD, Album, TO:84
The thing about Biosphere's latest releases is that they have a tendency to underwhelm you during the first couple of listens. I can see how someone would be disappointed after picking this one up and wind up writing a negative comment about it, I wasn't thrilled either. However, this album is even more of a grower than Dropsonde was (which still stands taller than N-Plants in terms of emotional depth, in my opinion) - N-Plants is very cautious and polite, following the rather minimalistic tone of Dropsonde but taking it to a more traditional terrain in terms of production and general track structure which might seem a bit cheap to some. The familiar Biosphere-"Vibe" is only really apparent on the first track. The rest of the album seems rather rushed, like short experiments that weren't finished properly.

Yet after almost a year of listening to it every once in a while and being repeatedly disappointed that it wasn't Dropsonde II, I guess the album eventually revealed its hidden beauty to me - It's really a strong, atmospheric piece in an unconventionally conventional disguise. It's wrapping its theme into neat, little, almost-poppy melodies. The beats are almost crystal clear, much unlike the strange low-fi jazz fusion thing that was going on on Dropsonde. But not every track needs a compressor to make it work.

It should be noted that this is a concept album, probably more so than any other of his solo-releases. Although I've never been to one, I imagine N-Plants captures the feel and atmosphere of a Japanese nuclear plant quite accurately. It's a bit like watching one of those public domain videos from back in the day about the benefits of nuclear energy, the ones that completely omit the potential dangers. Ironically, Fukushima happened only a few weeks before the release of N-Plants.

This probably shouldn't be your first Biosphere-release, but it shouldn't be skipped by a collector as some suggested. Give it some time.
permanentflebo

permanentflebo

January 17, 2012
referencing N-Plants, CD, Album, TO:84

yaaaawwwhhhnnnnnn! good to sleep, useless to listen.
plaguerecordings

plaguerecordings

January 16, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing N-Plants, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, BIO6LP
Fujiko deserves a 12" issue with re-mixes.
Darafayen

Darafayen

December 5, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
referencing N-Plants, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, BIO6LP

Funny how everyone is outpricing Geir's signed copy that the artist himself is selling! Or is it?
FabianKempe

FabianKempe

November 22, 2011
referencing N-Plants, CD, Album, TO:84
sounds abit like his older tracks from the 90s, not bad i like that he shows hes still into that sound also!
F.LIZZARD

F.LIZZARD

September 5, 2011
referencing N-Plants, CD, Album, TO:84
This is Biosphere's most weak work up to date. Just hasn't got the ''touch''
Elstree1003

Elstree1003

August 31, 2011
edited over 3 years ago
referencing N-Plants, CD, Album, TO:84

Good album, but only good. A bit disappointing after Substrata and Dropsonde. Best song - number six.