Electric Fairytales by WintherStormer


Electric Fairytales

4 tracks

Running time: 1:17:18
Released: 04/2008

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  01   Cucumber Salad - 22:29
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  02   For The Love Of All Things Electronic - 10:29

  03   Rising Ashes - 28:12
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  04   Electric Fairytales - 16:08

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WintherStormer is an electronic band who improvise vast electronic sound-spaces with old analog synthesizers, electronic guitar, percussion and various self-build electronics. Electric Fairytales is the the third release from WintherStormer, and the second «live-in-studio» album from the band. The music was recorded with an audience present during the recording. On this album the band has broaden and developed their sonic output and creative skills, blending musical craft and spaced-out themes.
WintherStormer released their second «live-in-studio» electronic album called Electric Fairytales on April 26th 2008. WintherStormer is an unique take on the modern (retro) berlin sound, says positive critiques.
What the fans and critiques say of WintherStormer´s music:
• WintherStormer´s first album was the best album of it´s genre to come out of Norway ever.
• This is terrific stuff and should go down in history as one of the staples of Neo-Prog EM.
• The music is not what you would call smooth, and very demanding – but highly satisfying.

Review from installment 22 of e/i magazine's reviewblog 'audio verité'
Norwegian quartet Wintherstormer must sure as hell make the pillars of heaven shake whenever the electrical arcs of their synths brave the frigid air. Led by mainman synth artisan Terje Winther, this mesmeric group, with a mere two recordings to their credit (minus an official live CDR), are poised to become one of the prime flag-bearers of the aught’s synth/sequencer paradigm. With Redshift on indefinite hiatus, only colleagues Airsculpture and Radio Massacre International can mark out similar territory that aside, the quartet manage a calamitous, incomparable noise. On Woodwork, synths breathe fire as sequencers tumble down their scored mountainsides like molten lava. A keen experimentalist propensity informs the group’s artistic bent, as vital an element in their make-up as the instruments they employ: “Musical Equitation Extracted from Firelogs” employs weird whispered voices, snatches of synthetic musique concrete, chattering percussives, siren-like synth wails, and demonic bursts of spectral electronic ephemera in a wild concoction recalling David Vorhaus’s White Noise as much as TD’s Zeit. The over half-hour “Monochrome" is a stunning tour-de-force that encompasses Reichian tinkertoy perambulations, morose blocks of synth, weeping mellotrons and processed flecks of errant guitar strain, a bracing display equaling the finest moments of its Teutonic forebears.
The follow-up, 2008’s Electric Fairytales, in many ways betters its predecessor, an often mind-numbing, dizzying spectacle of electronic gimcrackery. “Cucumber Salad” is all sequencer spark and guitar oomph, barreling along fierce frontal boundaries patrolled by klaxon-like modulars and hollering ‘trons. The monstrous deepspace shoals of “Rising Ashes” portends great hostile landscapes where multi-limbed creatures roam, their footprints tactile evidence of electronics reconfiguring alien geography synths intimidate each other as they circle about, moogs screaming, inimical soundbursts recalling similar flavors cooked up by Pauline Oliveros and Donald Buchla in the mad 60s heyday of experimental synth flight. Temporarily quashing the sequencer pulse, the quartet set off for regions unknown, and we willingly, voluntarily, enthusiastically accompany them. Utterly brilliant stuff, required listening for either the remotely curious or longtime diehard.
Written by Darren Bergstein

Review by Phil Derby from Electroambient Space:
Wintherstormer “Electric Fairytales”
(www.wintherstormer.no, 2008), 4 tracks, 77.16 mins.
Wintherstormer is a foursome from Norway with a wide variety of instrumentation, from synths and sequencers to drums, guitars, vocoder, and theremin. The end result is a complex blend of Berlin school electronics with elements of progressive rock and early krautrock. For example, the beginning of the opening track “Cucumber Salad” is electronic noises and knob twiddling like early Klaus Schulze experiments that appeared on his Ultimate Edition box set. It eventually settles down into a chugging bass sequence with a lighter sequence layered over the top of it. A nice soaring guitar lead is added in the middle. “For the Love of All Things Electronic” starts with floating dreamy synths, setting a calm relaxed tone, then another simple bass line is added, and more nice guitar flourishes, with just the right amount of drumming. This is a perfect little track, the shortest at 10:29. “Rising Ashes” starts with “hard” electronic noises again for several minutes until cool sequencing arrives, with solid, non-intrusive drumming to keep the tempo. This one is easy to lose yourself in for its 28-minute course, although various banging sounds and other noises may snap you out of your reverie on occasion during the closing minutes. Last up is the 16-minute title track, which starts with a low sustained drone and a smattering of sounds like a shakuhachi played through a vocoder. This is the most adventurous track, with abstract sounds such that the song seems to start and stop several times. Unlike the others, this one remains experimental, never coalescing into a conventional piece of music, and then it ends quite abruptly.
© 2009 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space