Solar Fields ‎– Random Friday

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
inre051 Solar Fields Random Friday(CD, Album, Mixed) Ultimae Records inre051 France 2012 Sell This Version
inre051 Solar Fields Random Friday(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320 + File, MP3, Album, Mixed) Ultimae Records inre051 France 2012
inre051 Solar Fields Random Friday(10xFile, FLAC, Album, 24-) Ultimae Records inre051 France 2015
none Solar Fields Random Friday(11xFile, FLAC, Album) Droneform Records none Sweden 2018

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FrontRangeLimiteds

FrontRangeLimiteds

October 26, 2018
referencing Random Friday, 11xFile, FLAC, Album, none
looks like this came out in 2012, not Oct 26 2018
mopem

mopem

May 10, 2018
referencing Random Friday, CD, Album, Mixed, inre051
This album is my first contact with Solar Fields. I am surprised...First of all i was surprised by numbers of comments to Magnus albums here on Discogs. Second one..im surpised by quality of His music and now i can agree with all comments here. This is true musician with talent, great music imagination and wonderful flow....Thanks for work Bro....im sure other albums i will try will be great too. It, great day for me...;-)
sdbranam

sdbranam

February 22, 2015
referencing Random Friday, CD, Album, Mixed, inre051
I've been listening to this all day on my Sonos as I move about the house and down in the basement workshop; it's on its 6th or 7th cycle. The living room has the full Sonos 5.1 home theater setup with playbar, sub, and two rear satellites. Just standing in the middle of the room and absorbing this is awesome! Absolutely kickin'.
HipsterDoofus

HipsterDoofus

February 2, 2013
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Random Friday, CD, Album, Mixed, inre051
Good Christ this is fucking good. I'm in no condition to write a proper review right now and I also need to listen/dance to this a couple more times. In the meantime, for God's sake, listen and dance your forty-something, old-school ass OFF to this bomb-ass shit. I WILL be back to review this, in depth. But suffice it to say, my ass feels TWENTY-something old right now. Magnus Birgersson, I am in debt to you. Thank you for one of the best nights I've ever had.
stub004

stub004

May 9, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Random Friday, CD, Album, Mixed, inre051
Principally, Solar Fields is an ambient producer. His first attempt at beat-based progressive trance was 2007's EarthShine LP; an stunning effort which is classed by many as one of the best '00s trance albums, alongside things like Son Kite's "Colours" or Vibrasphere's "Archipelago". Not being incredibly interested in ambient, I -- and many others -- was therefore salivating when Random Friday, Birgersson's second stab at beats, was announced by Ultimae.

As you'd expect from something released five years later, there are key points of difference when compared to its predecessor. For one thing, Random Friday feels a lot more "new school", for lack of a better term; both compositionally and sound-design-wise. That's a somewhat nebulous term, of course. Let me explain: Birgersson clearly takes a lot of influence from the progressive psy-trance scene. Post 2005 (maybe a little earlier or later), there seemed a real shift in the way melodies were composed in the field. Rather than employing a single synth sound to create a single, coherent, evolving melody, a lot of producers began to use multiple synths or samples for their leads, skipping rapidly between these separate timbres with one-off note stabs to form a kind of ragged, incoherent patchwork. I'm not sure why this happened, but it seems likely that it was either due to a lack of song-writing ability, or else just because so many random sounds are felt to give a more "psychedelic" effect. This technique can be observed in the first few minutes of Random Friday's fourth track, "In Motion", and in some other parts of the album. In contrast, Earthshine was a far less erratic. It took single motifs and absolutely wrang them of all their potential. See "Spectral Nation", for example. As much as I dislike the aforementioned "patchwork" technique, in this instance I'm not pointing it out as a genuine criticism, only a difference. Bigersson is an incredible composer, and even with touches of this more "new school" method, his pieces barely suffer. The latter half of the album feels less afflicted than does the first half.

As mentioned, the other aspect which feels more new school is the sound design. Where Earthshine was laden with dense and powerful bass lines, such as that in "Spectral Nation", this new album's mixing feel a lot more expansive; hollow almost. Track one of Odiseo's 10 Years After demonstrates this newer type of sound adequately. Some -- and it's a small proportion -- of Random Friday's samples and timbres match this newer feel, such as the tinny snares/claps in "Daydreaming". Again, I'm not overly fond of these modern, slightly generic samples, but I'm not seeking to criticise; just draw attention. They don't detract too much.

After a considerable number of listens, I've concluded that Random Friday doesn't measure up to its predecessor. It's very close, but not quite there. However, not every release can be an artist's best, especially when the competition is something like the universally-admired Earthshine. Random Friday is still very much worth your time. It has all the same ingredients: beautiful, unique timbres, euphoric, patience-rewarding progressions, solid percussion and bass lines. In the world of shit that constitutes the current trance scene, it's a shining beacon of hope.
ujw34

ujw34

May 4, 2012
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Random Friday, CD, Album, Mixed, inre051

I am just sitting in my chair and listening ... and just stunning ... such a real jewel - when i am honest, i did not expect this deepness ... the tracks floating in real scandinavian high quality production and GROOVING - what should be more as just touching the heart? I remember some years ago (12) when i was listening the first time to an album called Headcleaner ... it was just BIG ... and now again - wow thank you so much Magnus.
Sorry this is not a real review of each track - i have to listen again and again ... and it is growing and growing