With previous releases on Origo Sound and Beatservice Records, Norwegian duo Circular signs here a strong and highly anticipated fourth album. Substans unfolds as a collection of micro ambient tales, journeys into intricate and multi-layered soundscapes. The band thought this album as a sonic line tangent to realms as opposite as floating atmospherica and industrial clunks; a deep kaleidoscopic glide through reverberated guitar riffs, uplifting grooves and environmental ambient.
Ardent ISDN enthusiasts will notice the impression Future Sound Of London‘s avant-garde electronica left on Bjarte Andreassen and Jostein Dahl Gjelsvik. Indeed the band claims influences as diverse as Biosphere, Boards of Canada, Sun Electric and saw this album as one opportunity to acknowledge landmarks in their history of music encyclopaedia.
Moreover, Substans reveals the work of a collective of photographers and designers. The artists joined by Christin Vaag, Torje Bjellås, Øyvind Veberg and Christoffer Furnes reflected on the album echoes in the vast Scandinavian territories.
Written & produced by Jostein Dahl Gjelsvik & Bjarte Andreassen.
Except “Time Machine” by Circular & Rune Sagevik.
Arrangement & mastering by Peter Andreas Nordenstam.
Final mastering by Huby Sea.
Artwork by Vincent Villuis.