Boomkat Product Review:
Influenced by Steve Reich and Terry Riley, bass clarinet player Ben Bertrand creates a foggy universe of fuzzed-out ambient sound and rich organic woodwind texture. One fer anyone into Jon Hassell, Arve Henriksen, Bendik Giske et al.
Calm and subdued, "NGC 1999" feels like the soundtrack to a chilly Northern European indie flick that never was. Bertrand uses his bass clarinet to lead the charge, but augments the sound with subtle electronic treatments that bridge the gap between the organic and electronic realms. The result is minimal but not dreary music - it's warm and refreshingly upbeat at times, with a wavering sincerity that's not unlike theremin legend Clara Rockmore.