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Yggdrasil (9)Prose Edda

Label:Digital Psionics – DPSI 034
Format:
CD, Album
Country:Australia
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Breakbeat, Dub, Downtempo, Ambient

Tracklist

1Yggdrasil (9)Don't Feed The Toadstools
GuitarJohan Johansson
11:47
2Paul HarborBeyond The Borders Of Sanity (Yggdrasil Remix)
RemixYggdrasil (9)
Written-By, ProducerPaul Harbor
7:43
3Yggdrasil (9)Flying Sausage
SaxophoneStefan Nilsson (6)
9:53
4Yggdrasil (9)Headfoam Jack10:36
5M.E.E.O.*Everyone Is Looking (Yggdrasil Remix)
RemixYggdrasil (9)
Written-By, ProducerM.E.E.O.*
9:42
6Yggdrasil (9)Meat Your Chops10:36
7Yggdrasil (9)Amazing Gnejs13:23
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Verbatim from the tray inlay:
This Compact Disc is ADES encoded.
Due to the digital encoding of ADES. This recording has improved the overall audio rendering and sonic quality of this original Master disc.
For best performance and audio quality the original pressing of this disc must be played. Any copies or imitations of this compact disc will produce and inferior audio experience.
ADES (Advanced Digital Encoding Systems) all rights reserved.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 5060147125061
  • Barcode (Text): 5 060147 125061 >
  • Matrix / Runout: | DPSI034CD | ARABESQUE DISTRIBUTION LTD | 031496 |
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LD12
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 5Q77

Reviews

SSL9000J's avatar
SSL9000J
Outstanding contribution to a somewhat difficult to find niche genre.
So... Am I the first to notice that the beginning and ending of the first track sound EXACTLY like an acid trip? As in just the random ambient sounds and rhythms that I've noticed?
Seriously, how'd they DO that???
CosmicPie's avatar
CosmicPie
Edited 9 years ago
This is incredible. I know there are Shpongle influences to be found, but Yggdrasil definitely has a style of their own. Shpongle can be so theatrical sometimes that it just seems like a joke, although I do give them props for being great innovators who inspired many artists. Yggdrasil stays tasteful and really creates a beautiful experience.
Mr.Papaya's avatar
Mr.Papaya
Edited 12 years ago
Yggdrasil is introduced to us in this debut album of a pretty exclusive genre in psychedelic music called "Shpongle music". Only a handful of artists come to mind that match this style, amongst them are Androcell, Shulman, Entheogenic and Zymosis. It's typical for combining live instrumental samples with vocals and digital effects under a psychedelic production of the highest caliber. And, indeed, there's not a single second in this album that feels like it didn't get hours of meticulous attention: everything is very well put together and fussed about. Maybe even too much.

While the Shpongle influences resound clearly in some of the tracks (Sausage & Everyone), they do not feel like a rip off, incorporating authentic Brazilian music and mellow dub tunes into the mix. The entire album sparkles with creativity in true psychedelic spirit. The tracks tend to build up to a certain melody and then plunge into chaos and undecipherable sounds over and over, creating quite an intoxicating yet well balanced experience. Some tracks (Headfoam & Amazing) are prime example of such successful composition.

On the other hand, this formula lends a vague atmosphere to Prose Edda: As each of the tracks is methodically produced, excelling both in terms of effects and melodic composition, Yggdasil seem to have focused more on the micro than the macro, creating a somewhat indistinct story to the album as a whole. Even after many times listening to it, it's hard for me to identify every track from the other. There is something very compact to the style and resonance of them all that might appeal to some and bore others. The tracks don't sound the same but they lack a certain individuality (Don't feed & Meat). Amazing Ganjes, most notably, stands out as a remarkable piece of music.

Yggdrasil show a lot of potential both as musicians and technicians. The eclectic assembly of styles and the top psychedelic production take their music to the top level, making it quite unique and imaginative. As their sound will surely continue to mature and evolve we are bound to see them push the bar even higher. Prose Edda is a wonderful debut album that stands out in this particular genre, promising great success in the future. This is not an easy-listening album for everybody, but it has the qualities that can make it many's favorite. It's certainly worth checking out.