Carbon Based Lifeforms ‎– Twentythree

Ultimae Records ‎– inre047
CD, Album

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1 Arecibo 9:21
2 System 7:32
3 Somewhere In Russia 8:36
4 Terpene 5:57
5 Inertia
Voice – Karin Andersson*
6 VLA (Edit) 10:01
7 Kensington Gardens
Voice – Karin Andersson*
8 Held Together By Gravity 8:05

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Written & produced in Göteborg.
Mastering at Ultimae Studio - Lyon

Track 3: dedicated to Andriy Klimchuk & BK Family.
Tracks 4 and 5 are swapped in the booklet tracklist.

(P) & (C) 2011 Ultimae Records

Released in a 6-panel Digipak with a 16-page booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (EAN): 3760180500512
  • Matrix / Runout: CA ALLDUP-11C06177 @@ IFPI LY88 7/9/2011 12:55:05 AM 0000734460
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LY88
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 1287
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 1284
  • Rights Society: SACEM / SDRM / SACD / SGDL

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BLOOD210 Carbon Based Lifeforms Twentythree(2xLP, RM, 180) Blood Music (2) BLOOD210 USA & Canada 2018 Sell This Version
LFTFLD09 Carbon Based Lifeforms Twentythree(8xFile, WAV, Album) Leftfield Records LFTFLD09 Sweden 2011
LFTFLD09 Carbon Based Lifeforms Twentythree(8xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, 24b) Leftfield Records LFTFLD09 Sweden 2015
BLOOD210 Carbon Based Lifeforms Twentythree(2xLP, Ltd, RM, Fro) Blood Music (2) BLOOD210 USA & Canada 2018 Sell This Version
inre047 Carbon Based Lifeforms Twentythree(8xFile, FLAC, Album) Ultimae Records inre047 France 2011


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October 22, 2018
"Twentythree" is a hidden gem, and is among the best ambient albums in the genre.


September 23, 2018
Needs a CD re-release .Love this album and all CBL works.


December 16, 2017

To be honest, this album doesn't grip me as much as their other albums. Maybe I just need to listen to it more. Having said that though, I've always been a fan of ambient music.


November 8, 2017
Really eagerly awaiting a reissue from Blood Music. Do Ultimae still own the rights to this or something?


October 13, 2015
Somewhere in Russia is a beautiful track.


July 29, 2014

Beatless space-ambient release, it is quite excellent and a welcomed departure from the usual duo style.


October 16, 2013
edited over 5 years ago

I absolutely love this album! It's different than other stuff they've put out there, but you can clearly feel the CBL vibe ! Ambient + CBL ... can it really get any better? I dont think so! I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this album, probably my favorite of them all.

More stuff like this please! 5/5


March 18, 2012

When the CBL duo opened their secret acid stash back in 2009, they found out that some interlopers already got in there and cleared it, probably their well-meaning wives. So their music had to change and the next album reflected that event in its name and the acid-free and down-to-earth mood. In this album it looks like the pair of musicians switched to valium or morphine.

Frankly, I'm not sure how this album sounds like, I listen to it on minimal volume for recreational meditation. Together with the subsequent VLA it gives full two hours. So it is safe to say, that this album has a permanent place on my mp3 player.


December 20, 2011
edited over 6 years ago

The more I listen the more I love this album, even though after my first listen I got honestly a bit scared that I wouldn't like it as much as the previous albums.
Another proof that some of the best compositions do take time and effort in order to be appreciated at their true value!

"Somewhere in Russia" is the track that takes me the furthest away even though I remain firmly seated on my chair :D