Boomkat Product Review:
Treasured ambient chamber label La Scie Dorée offers a welcome special edition of the boss Timo Van Luijk’s sylvan 2014 side, shading nightfall atmospheres and lamp-lit arabesques under his lesser spotted Af Ursin alias.
‘De Overkant’ outlines a heavy-lidded and OOBE-like sound every bit as evocative as the album’s monochrome artwork of Timo tucked up in bed. More opiated than his cherished work as Elodie with Andrew Chalk, the album quietly slips the listener into a lush state of hypnosis with shimmering layers of bells, strings, voice and the most elusive yet intoxicating synth pads that get us every time in his work. It’s little short of sonic alchemy, seamlessly eliding aspects of baroque chamber music with warmer microtonal mirages and a strung out psychedelic folk soul that works like a charm on the back of your eyelids.
Melodies as fragile as anything from SAW II or Dominque Lawalrée float around a plangent, clanking buoy in opener ’Stilleven’, setting a tone that Timo faithfully sustains between his heart rate-slowing exhalations and amorphous licks of early Terre Thaemlitz-like country guitar and pads in ‘De Tweede Persoon’, to the haunted seaside organ of ‘Nieuwe’ that hovers between churchly and Leyland Kirby-like wink. It’s a dead cert to for anyone susceptible or open to hypnagogia, inducing its magick with deeply uncanny effect in the barely-there haze of ‘Witte Schemer’ and utterly sublime 8 minute waking dream of ‘Onder de Vleugels van Hypnos’ with a practically pharmaceutical reliability.
This is proper musick to play in the near-dark.