Imagine a lone traveler entering a dark, ancient forest, being lured deep into the woods by something not of this world as he enters uncharted grounds. Step by step his journey is getting darker as he encounters strange phenomena and beings among the trees. This is the story unfolding on Wanderwelle’s debut album “Lost in a Sea of Trees”, a project by Dutch duo Phil van Dulm and Alexander Bartels.
The 54-minute result, inspired by the mysterious pagan tribes that once roamed across the European woodlands, offers a mix of sophisticated, highly cinematic ambient, dub techno, natural soundscapes, smooth melodic lines and with an ongoing hypnotic pulse featured throughout the slow progressing, minimal-favored recording. It pulls you straight inward when you listen to this with headphones. Yagya’s “Rigning” or the music by Urenga come to mind, but Wanderwelle’s captivating aural work holds a much stronger mystical current overall (despite the soft, deep kick drum) while retaining a tranquil, lush- aesthetic, organic-flavored and immersive atmosphere.
“Lost in a Sea of Trees” is something peculiar, convincing and special, definitely growing on you spin after spin.
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