Boomkat Product Review:
Norse ambient deity Biosphere repackages the Japanese-inspired downbeat ambient currents of his 2011 side with four previously unreleased cuts of extra material, finely bridging OG ‘90s ambient bleep techno styles and more textured modernism in the originals, and with sweet treats of ambient breaks in ‘Oma’ and the slithering ‘Tokai’ on the bonus bits
After surveying numerous photos he became fascinated by the idea that nuclear power plants could be built so close to the sea in earthquake-prone areas, and this slowly became the focus for his recordings. A few months later and, alas, the album gained considerable poignancy in the aftermath of one of Japan’s most serious disasters giving Jenssen’s concepts a strangely prophetic quality.
The music itself is hardly melancholy, but has a damaged, cold, digital edge which mirrors the clean architectural perfection of the ominous structures, pre-earthquake of course. As Jenssen’s clipped, purposeful rhythms slowly make their way into synthetic patterns, they guide the record and imbue proceedings with a fitting Kubrickian haze. ‘N-Plants’ almost reminds of early SND (think ‘Stdio’ or ‘Makesndcassette’) but played at the wrong speed. These are slow, booming passages of sound carried out with a masterful ear, displaying the razor sharp precision of a true veteran of the field.
Lazy, lackadaisical witch-house this is not, but ‘N-Plants’ shares threads with its purposeful slow-down of dance music tropes. It's a powerful record: without the context ‘N-Plants’ is an affecting, engrossing listening experience, but with the added air of melancholy, it becomes all the more haunting and memorable.