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  • Vinyl (February 15, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Type
  • ASIN: B004I4MKBG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,343,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Piers Moktan on March 15, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Yes, the title indicates the strange hinterland of post-classical, moody ambience in which Deaf Center dwell, appealing equally to the fan in me of electronica as of modern classical. Compared to their phenomenal and relatively smooth debut Pale Ravine, this is closer to the 'acoustic doom' of the Svarte Greiner project which Erik Skodvin, one half of Deaf Canter, has been recently pursuing, also on John Twells' excellent Type label. Piano refrains intersperse modulated walls of bowed sound, taking you from places of calmness to spaces of intensity, all with the delightful crackle of a 78rpm record underneath. Deaf Center take you from beauty to terror, and it is wonderful. Instrumentation tweaked in the studio transforms classical strings just like distortion transformed the guitar; opening up endless new musical possibilities and initiating listeners to new aural experiences. This album has that wow factor that can change your whole day. By now you may have gathered that I think this album is utterly brilliant. Need I say more?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Gurtler on April 10, 2011
Format: Audio CD
More than 5 years passed since the amazing full length debut "Pale Ravine", but Erik Skodvin and Otto Totland were quite busy working on their other solo and co-work projects that resulted during 2010 into two masterpieces like "Flare" by Erik Skodvin and "Retold" by Nest. Not to forget, Erik has also released during this period of time several albums under his Svarte Greiner project. But now it's time for another chapter in Deaf Center's history. The opening dark droning piece "Divided" indicates slight change and evolvement when comparing to cinematic ambience on "Pale Ravine". The music of Erik and Otto seems to be more experimental, dramatic and mysterious. Maybe not exactly on "Time Spent" with mournful piano, but with "New Beginning (Tidal Darkness)" the things move to more tense and oppressive direction with always evolving atmospheres, centered around Erik's cello and Otto's piano. Definitely the first highlight on this exciting journey. But the next composition, "The Day I Would Never Have", is most likely the most evocative piece of Deaf Center I have ever heard. This almost 11 minute long epic features in the beginning some really peaceful and delicate piano that soon transforms into massive and harsh wall of drones and noises, but all the tension is fastly relieved during the closing two minutes. Absolutely essential composition! "Animal Sacrifice" keeps its more experimental and minimal feel, based around disturbing cello. "Fiction Dawn" is just opposite, a very refreshing tune with ethereal piano theme while the next, "Close Forever Watching", is dramatically evolving and culminating droning piece, another big one! "Hunted Twice" is slightly experimental in its first half while the rest is beautifully sounding piano outro for this grandiose, complex and polished piece of music.Read more ›
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