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From Here We Go Sublime

The FieldAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 5, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kompakt Germany
  • ASIN: B000NQDDO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Over The Ice
2. A Paw In My Face
3. Good Things End
4. The Little Heart Beats So Fast
5. Everday
6. Silent
7. The Deal
8. Sun & Ice
9. Mobilia
10. From Here We Go Sublime

Editorial Reviews

Electronic music usually profits from simplicity, a point the Field’s Axel Willner understood well when he made From Here We Go Sublime. Hailing from Sweden, Willner’s record has a weightless allure built out of droning spaces and populated with puffy cloud melodies that float and hover. It’s not exactly minimalist, because the layers are too complex and full of forward motion. But the assured way they repeat and loop into a dance-friendly texture would make both Brian Eno and Underworld proud.

FHWGS has no interest in the usual peaks and valleys of trance, and yet its consistent anthemic oomph makes it a distant relative of that oft-derided genre. Willner’s patience and his emphasis on muted beats enable him to get maximum impact with only slight tweaks. "Over the Ice" sets the table with soft tones and scattered, wordless voices before dropping a hyper cross-rhythm, while glitch-y sidebars frame the exceedingly kind melody that drives "A Paw in My Voice." Even when the BPM notch gets kicked up on a relative burner like "Everyday," it fits right in with the record’s benevolent disposition. It’s brilliant stuff, a less-is-more epic that wafts onto the dance floor like a gust of summer wind. --Matthew Cooke

Product Description

2007 debut album from Sweden's Axel Willner AKA The Field. From Here We Go Sublime features 10 songs that fuse the Shoegazing sound of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Ride with modern Ambient, Techno and Electronic elements. Features 'Over The Ice', 'Silent' and the single 'Good Things End'. Kompakt.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning minimal dance debut April 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD
As I mentioned recently in a review for Gui Boratto's Chromophobia album, it's sometimes difficult to distinguish the exact reasons why one minimal electronic release is better than another one, due to similarities in production and overall sound. Of course, in the end it usually comes down largely to personal perceptions that can't be explained, but other defining characteristics (because of the constructs of the music itself) are nearly always very, very subtle in and of themselves.

From Here We Go Sublime is yet another release on the Kompakt label that is nonetheless completely stunning, and for reasons mentioned above, it's difficult to explain why. The debut release from Sweden's Axel Willner, it drifts somewhere between minimal dance music and repetitive ambience, with beats that clomp along fast enough to fuel movement, but with enough ethereal qualities that you could simply put it on and trip out on the couch with it easily enough as well. Essentially, it's trance music of the highest quality, veering completely leftward of the cheeseball Global Underground crowd, and falling somewhere between the work of Kaito (also on the Kompakt label) and Wolfgang Voigt (aka Gas).

Willner actually has a few things in common with micro-sample sculptor Akufen, but instead of trying to wow you with his cutting ability and a frantic hand, he has pulled out hundreds of little heavily melodic snippets and stutters and scatters them across gorgeous expanses, building tracks slowly and letting them peak subtlety. The release opens with "Over The Ice," a single that was released last year to great acclaim, and for good reason.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overpraised; enjoyable, not earth-shattering. December 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
More than any other album in the past few years, From Here We Go Sublime reaches back to the "artistic" style of techno that was associated with Warp Records in the early nineties. Like the work of Autechre and Aphex Twin, it's very minimal. The music doesn't really have much forward development, and instead alternates between two or three different phrases for five to seven minutes at a time. Also like the work of Warp artists, the album as a whole seems designed for quiet contemplation, even though many of the individual songs are upbeat. The title gives away Axel Willner's ambition -- the album wants to be more than merely danceable, energetic or fun, it wants to be "sublime."

On the first side, it succeeds to a large degree. The first six tracks are very listenable and make for excellent driving music. Willner's secret weapon is the hazy production, which puts a slight hissing echo on the rhythms while keeping the volume low, so that they sound distant and mysterious. This technique appears on the first track "Over The Ice" and then is repeated exactly on "Good Things End." The piano in "A Paw In My Face" and the keyboards in "Everday," which might have sounded fit for some loud rave track in another context, are similarly treated. The effect is very hypnotic, drawing one into the rhythms.

But there's a big difference between Aphex Twin and The Field. Willner doesn't have the ability of Richard D. James to write simple but inventive and easily memorable instrumental melodies. In fact, he can't really write an original drum track either. Instead, he relies on the most recognizable, generic dance beats, which he then gives the foggy echo treatment. You've probably heard all of them before in popular dance songs.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it time December 26, 2007
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
I had no patience for this album at first. It is highly repetitive and simple. I'll admit that I was bored. I gave it some more chances, though. I listened to it while doing other things as background. I highly recommend doing the same. The beauty comes out in the details. It is written on a micro-level. It takes some work rather than the typical instant gratification of a macro composition. You come to expect some of the detailed tiny changes that happen. The gratification is well worth it. This is beautiful if you give it a chance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing March 31, 2010
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I'm not going to prattle on and on and try to sound like an expert like a lot of Amazon reviewers seem to like to do. All I'm going to say about this album is this: it is phenomenal. There you go...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good it puts me to sleep! October 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Please don't misunderstand my review title! I use music through headphones to unwind before going to sleep. I have yet to get through three tracks (starting at various tracks on the CD) before going to la la land. It is both sublime and redundant, but in the best possible way. Music like this used to come with a warning..."do not drive while listening". Not only is this musical statement hypnotic, it's down right as good as a sleeping pill to me!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Headphone Commute Review May 10, 2008
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Slapping the terms like "trance", "minimal", and "techno", may quickly dismiss this album's true essence. But these labels shine some truth on what the music has to offer. The album undeniably employs 4/4 rhythm, which, I suppose, classifies it as techno; its minuscule musical progression begs for the minimal adjective; and its repetitive and hypnotic structure, no doubt puts people into trance. But that's just on the surface. Beyond the deeper layers, Axel Willner, who goes by the name The Field, employs tiny sampled, hiccuped, locked loops, that create the music all on their own, as if the needle was stuck in skipping groove. Yet, From Here We Go Sublime is not a banging stomp of grinding beats that you may imagine it to be. In fact, it is relaxing and surreal; it is a child of ambient and techno; it is sublime. Landing the album on Kompakt Records couldn't be more appropriate for Willner. The German label has released numerous minimal gems in the past years, from Thomas Fehlmann, Gui Boratto, Klimek and Richard Voigt. And who could deny Kaito's skillfully approach to simplicity in his Hundred Million Light Years. The reviews you may find on The Field are mixed. It may seem that skill is underplayed, when loops go on forever with barely any manipulation, as if an amateur discovered the fun in Ableton's sample locking, layering and filters. But it is that minimal progression, the buildup without the dynamics, the riding trip into narcotic fractal, that works well for Willner, time and time again. My favorite track is A Paw In My Face, because at the end it becomes "unstuck" and my brain unplugs as if the switch flips off in my electric chair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Derivative, but still powerful
This album sounds like bittersweet emotion, euphoric joy mixed with anxiety and regret. The music itself is not very complex; just minimal beats, tones and vocals that morph... Read more
Published on May 12, 2012 by D. Krysl
5.0 out of 5 stars Field, The - From Here We Go Sublime
The Field's _From Here We Go Sublime_ seems mistitled, because sublime is already here. I had to admit, on the first listen of this album, I wasn't taken with it. Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by scoundrel
4.0 out of 5 stars Headphone Commute Review
Slapping the terms like "trance", "minimal", and "techno", may quickly dismiss this album's true essence. But these labels shine some truth on what the music has to offer. Read more
Published on April 20, 2008 by Headphone Commute
5.0 out of 5 stars From here we become fans...
This is essential music. Just when I thought that electronica had run its course; just when I thought that electronic musicians around the world had exhaused all the "bleeps",... Read more
Published on April 1, 2008 by S. Bidwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it
The question here is simple - if you are looking at reviews it is because you want to know whether you should buy it or not. The answer is easy as well: Get it. It's worth it
Published on March 17, 2008 by Javier M. Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of kompakt
I am a huge fan of Kompakt label. I feel that the music this label produces is basically what contemporary techno music is all about. Read more
Published on March 1, 2008 by Seimi
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest techno album in ages
If you are looking for irresistable techno that dares you not to tap your feet, this is the album to get. This is driving, somewhat minimalist techno with hypnotic beats and loops. Read more
Published on October 28, 2007 by Ingalls
5.0 out of 5 stars elegant
Cool, sparse, driving...just a few of the many descriptive words that come to mind in attempting that exceedingly difficult task--namely, putting into words what an album does to... Read more
Published on July 13, 2007 by Michael Shumay
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