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G.E.N.E. - Flying-Fish (cd)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Abstract Circuitry (cd-r)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Galactic Anthems (cd)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Semper Fidelity (cd-r)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - The Other Side (cd-r)

 
GANDALF - Colors of a New Dawn (cd)

 
GANDALF - Erdenklang & Sternentanz (Earthsong & Stardance) (cd)

 
GANDALF - Gallery Of Dreams • plus live! (CD/Digital Download)

 
GANDALF - Journey to an Imaginary Land (Lp/CD)

 
GANDALF - More than just a Seagull (cd)

 
GANDALF - Sanctuary (cd)

 
GANDALF - Tale from a long forgotten Kingdom (LP/CD)

 
GANDALF - To Another Horizon (Lp/CD)

 
GANDALF - Visions (LP/CD)

 
GANDALF - Visions 2001 (CD)

 
GANDALF & FRIENDS - Live in Vienna (cd & dvd)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Colors In Motion (cd)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Maybe Forgotten Forever (cd-r)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Through The Looking Glass (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL GARRISON - Point of Impact (cd)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Landslag Norður Íslands (The Landscape of North Ic (Digital Download)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Near North (Digital Download)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Oceans are moving from the Arctic to the south ref (Digital Download)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Sibir (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GAYLENE - Journey to the Surface (cd-r)

 
GEIGERTEK - Endless Night (Digital Download)

 
GEIGERTEK - Soundtrack for City Living (CD/Digital Download)

 
GEIGERTEK - The Timeless Mind (cd-r)

 
MICHEL GENEST - Crystal Fantasy (Lp/CD)

 
GEODESIUM - A Gentle Rain of Starlight (cd)

 
GEODESIUM - Arcturian Archives (cd)

 
GEODESIUM - Music from SpacePark 360 (CD/Digital Download)

 
GEODESIUM - Stella Novus (CD/Digital Download)

 
DAVID GERARD - The Dream Chamber (Digital Download)

 
DAVID GERARD - The Realm of Knowing (cd-r)

 
AD VAN GERVEN - Hatching (cd)

 
TIM GERWING - Being to Being (cd)

 
TIM GERWING - Scorpius Rising (cd/digital download)

 
TIM GERWING - The Butterfly Effect (cd)

 
GRAHAM GETTY & STEPHAN WHITLAN - Even Higher Green (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY & STEPHAN WHITLAN - Higher Green Session (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - EMP3 (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - The Lattice (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - The Sound of the Cloud (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
HOWARD GIVENS & CRAIG PADILLA - Being of Light (CD/Digital Download)

 
HOWARD GIVENS & CRAIG PADILLA - Life Flows Water (CD/Digital Download)

 
HOWARD GIVENS & MADHAVI DEVI - Source Of Compassion (CD/Digital Download)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG & MATHIAS GRASSOW - Ad Lucem (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Baktun (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Chronicle 1986-93 (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Symphonic Arts (cd)

 
GLENN MAIN - Ripples (CD/Digital Download)

 
GLIESE 614 - Serenity (cd-r)

 
THE GLIMMER ROOM - Grey Mirrors (cd)

 
THE GLIMMER ROOM - Tomorrow’s Tuesday (cd/digital download)

 
GLOBAL COMMUNICATION - 76:14 (cd)

 
GLOBAL COMMUNICATION - Pentamerous Metamorphosis (LP/CD)

 
GOGOOO - Long, lointain (cd)

 
GOLDMUND - Corduroy Road (LP/CD)

 
GOLDMUND - The Malady of Elegance (CD/Lp)

 
STEVE GRACE - Cobalt Blue (Digital Download)

 
STEVE GRACE - Flow (Digital Download)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & CARSTEN AGTHE - Beyond the Silence (Live at Gut Saunstorf) (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & JIří MAZáNEK - Inner Path (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & TOMAS WEISS - Farewell -In Hommage To Klaus Wiese- (cd)

 
GRASSOW / GLEISBERG / BAGHIRI - Arcanum (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Bloodmoon (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Divinations (CD)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Dämmerung (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Sonnenwende (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Tamanoshima (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - The Darklight Quest (CD)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - The Lanzarote Concert (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - The Nightquest Sessions (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Uttarakuru (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Wisdom of Fate (cd)

 
THE GREAT SCHIZM - For the Ancient Ones (Digital Download)

 
GREEN ISAC - Groundrush (cd)

 
GREEN ISAC - Passengers (cd/digital download)

 
WILLIAM GREGG - Epiphenomenon (cd/Digital Download)

 
WILLIAM GREGG - Source of the Hardware (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Virga (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Weather from another Planet (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Wide View (cd)

 
THE GREY ENCOUNTER - Dark Matter (cd-r)

 
THE GREY ENCOUNTER - State of Decay (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MIKE GRIFFIN & DAVID FULTON - The Most Distant Point Known (cd)

 
M. GRIFFIN - Sudden Dark (cd)

 
GRINDLESTONE - Tone (cd)

 
UWE GRONAU - Midsummer (cd)

 
UWE GRONAU - Visions (cd/Digital Download)

 
HARALD GROSSKOPF - Synthesist (Lp/CD)

 
HARALD GROSSKOPF - Synthesist 2010 (cd)

 
PERTTI GRöNHOLM - Winterplanet (cd)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - 9 Memories-Tracks (Digital Download)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - Fire & Remembrance (cd-r)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - Fire & Remembrance (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Cassiopeia (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Prologue (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Sphere (cd-r)


MATHIAS GRASSOW
Sonnenwende
CD, Gterma, 2013
The double-album "Sonnenwende" is the spiritual successor to "Dämmerung" and follows the sun along her passage through the seasons, the seemingly endless journey between darkness and light.

The release (clocking around 150 minutes) is assembled from music made by Mathias Grassow during the past 20 years, and features a very nice blend of highly contemplative ambiences, ominous droneworks, occasional cyclic sequencer patterns and some dashes of tribal and folk.

As usual, the layering of slow morphing and breathing textures is expertly done. I especially love the symphonic choir pads found on this ambient recording. Full immersion is already found on the velvet 30-minute "Drifting Dawn" followed by the cyclic rhythms and sequencers making up the 7-minute "Endless" before things smoothen down into the peaceful, hypnotizing shades of the night featured on the soft glowing "Into the Small Hours". On the early recording "Seven Sisters", gentle acoustic guitar licks and melodic round out the first disc (Summer Solstice) tastefully.


The grand and overall tranquil spaces continue on the second cd (Winter Solstice), raising things to an even higher level. On the three lengthy tracks ("The Sleeping Forest", "Twilight Tribes" and "Pearls of Ice", things lay dormant: together they form a lovely mental massage, displaying the power and beauty of intrinsic music. The album comes to an end with a short tribal-infused piece.

All in all, the mesmerizing "Sonnenwende" is a great choice if you’re into minimal, expansive and dreamy sound worlds reaching for both the heavens and the sanctuary of the inner world.
Recommended.


© Bert Strolenberg

 
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