tauern (2015)

1. Österreich
2. Hiefler
3. Ofenauer
4. Tauern
5. Katschberg
6. Wolfsberg


tauern (2008)

1. Grens
2. Bergen
3. Tunnels
4. Autoslaap
5. Tauern
6. Wolven

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release info Tauern | A re-imagination of the out-of-print 2008 release, presented in 24bit.

Purchases includes the original 2008 release as bonus tracks, presented in 16bit and contains one track not available on the new release. Three bonus tracks contain additional electronic percussion, a notable omission from the new release.

   "... Florianz's spacious sketches can submerge in mesmerizing tranquillity before rising up to elevating states with evocative, morphing waves ... "
reviews

bert strollenberg
sonic immersion

When we look at imaginative and narrative ambient, the works of Matthew Florianz always stir a different pair of emotive strings for me that I find rather hard to pinpoint. The version of Tauern reviewed here is actually a re-release of the original 2008 album in a revised, 24-bit edition, for which the composer dropped some of the rhythm elements while replacing the last track entirely.

What at first seems a kind of contemporary classical music on the open track Österreich shifts to gentle textural dwellings and environmental soundscapes thereafter. Best listened to and enjoyed with quality headphones, Florianz spacious sketches can submerge in mesmerizing tranquillity before rising up to elevating states with evocative, morphing waves.

The excellent 6-minute title piece (an old substrate word for mountain, mountain pass or crossing) marks the captivating entrance to a world of lush whirling ambiences and farscapes. Katschberg extends on these enchanting textural worlds marvellously, while the finale (Wolfsberg) adds a spiralling sequencer-pattern and pulsating vibe to maximize the impact of vapour-drawings sketched out previously. Aficionados of cinematic and contemplative ambient should make sure to check this out.

Purchasers of this "re-imagination" of Tauern will also receive the original 6-tracks from the 2008 release as bonus tracks (presented in 16-bit) plus one track not available on the re-release.

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