Arve Henriksen ‎– Chiaroscuro



Opening Image 4:16
Bird's-Eye-View 4:07
Chiaro 3:28
Holography 3:01
Blue Silk 6:30
Parallel Action 4:38
Circled Take 3:24
Scuro 5:08
Time Lapse 5:07
Ending Image 2:27

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RCD 2037 Arve Henriksen Chiaroscuro(CD, Album) Rune Grammofon RCD 2037 Norway 2004 Sell This Version
BOM24045 Arve Henriksen Chiaroscuro(CD, Album) Bomba Records (4) BOM24045 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
RLP 3037 Arve Henriksen Chiaroscuro(LP, Album, RE) Rune Grammofon RLP 3037 Norway 2017 Sell This Version
RLP3037 Arve Henriksen Chiaroscuro(LP, Album, RE, Whi) Rune Grammofon RLP3037 Norway 2017 Sell This Version



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June 26, 2015
referencing Chiaroscuro, CD, Album, RCD 2037

Supersilent member and trumpet-player Arve Henriksen is behind this album, that starts with "Opening Image", a sorrowful wail of trumpet and voice amidst Ambient symphonic wheezes, while the following "Bird's Eye View" is a moist tribal meditation. "Chiaro" is even more aquatic and ethereal, a desolate liturgy that is occasionally blown by enigmatic digital volleys. "Holography" is a ... sketch viewed from the perspective of New Age, Jazz and ambient music. Using the same techniques but without as strong a melodic focus, the 7-minute "Blue Silk" relies on it's glacial intensity to beckon you. In "Paralell Action", essentially another ghostly symphonic poem, the inclusion of an electronic beat damages the overall flow of the piece. However, stripped down to the bare essentials, "Circled Take" sounds astonishing (percussion imitating the splatter of sea waves, the usual trumpet mourning, plus a brief breathtaking layer of choir). "Scuro" is another startling, albeit far more ominous, atmosphere. After this menacing eclipse, "Time Lapse" seems to revert the cosmic stream to it's regular equilibrium. while "Ending Image" heralds this return to the normal and completion of a circle with another elegant melancholic salute.

It's not that this album presents anything we haven't heard before, it's just extremely well done.