NORDVARGR (MZ 412) – RESIGNATION I-II-III
Label: Cyclic Law (2022)
Nordvargr’s Resignation project was initially born in 2008 exploring rhythmic and repetitive aspects of his musical output, merging elements of electronic music with dark ambient soundscapes.
ordvargr’s Resignation project was initially born in 2008 exploring rhythmic and repetitive aspects of his musical output, merging elements of electronic music with dark ambient soundscapes. We present here the first 3 volumes of this venture in a deluxe 3LP boxset with poster as well as a 3CD 8 panels Digisleeve version, both with unique and exclusive material. From it’s inception delving into the more gaseous realms of dubby techno and evolving through the years towards the harder and nosier side of electronics, Nordvargr’s unique grasp of the genre and his will to turn it upside down culminates in a dreamy soundtrack-like voyage, where deep atmospherics are pierced by rhythmically hypnotic and abrasive passages. A true tour de force that will stand as a true gem for any fan of the fringes of techno and electronic music.
Some words on the material from Henrik:
This all started in 2008 when me and Nils Ekholm started recording some demo materials, mixing techno inspired beats with dark ambient textures and old 78 RPM records. Someone actually called the first chapter (released on CD by 205 Recordings/OEC titled “1897”) “Techno, if invented in the late 1800´s” which is not too far off actually. The inspiration for the whole project was the attempted expedition of 1897 to reach the north pole by balloon by S.A. Andrée, which failed miserably as they crashed after two days and later froze to death.
A few years later I continued myself to record more materials for Resignation which was released on pro-CDR that I made myself in a mere 120 copies. The goal was to make 300, but life got in the way and I never managed to print the whole edition. I continued to develop the sound of the first album, but worked even more with string arrangements and that frosty, old and melancholic sound profile.
As the years went by and I was busy with my other musical projects I temporarily abandoned the rhythmical approach, but in 2017 I was contacted by Polish director Jakub Charon who wanted me to help out on the soundtrack for his movie “Totem”. I was commissioned to make a track for a scene in a nightclub which resulted in the track “Totem visitations”. I also recorded a lot of rhythmic ambient tracks that I never used for the soundtrack. At some point during 2019 I played these half-ready tracks for my wife and she insisted that we should finish them as she heard that there was something there… and behold, the third chapter was born. “3” is more in-your-face than the first two albums, leaning more on distorted electronics and hard beats than ambient string arrangements, but it still maintains the same basic feeling. At this point Jouni Ulvtharm actually named the music style “Forest Techno”.
All the recordings have been remastered for this release. The vinyl version of “I” is quite different from the CD as it is the first demo recordings instead of the materials that were published previously as “1897”. The CD´s has a few bonus tracks that could not fit on the vinyls.
Also – yes, there is a part 4 coming. At some point.
Thank you for your support.
1. 1I 10:25
2. 2II 03:40
3. 3II 07:38
4. 4IV (RMX) 06:08
5. 5V 07:23
6. 6VI 03:04
7. 7VII 08:20
8. 9I (RMX) 05:08
9. 4IV 06:39
10. Intro – I put my faith in the Lord 02:38
11. What was written will come to pass 08:41
12. Among the mountains and rivers flowing 04:29
13. Det var bättre förr 03:59
14. Praeparatus supervivet 06:11
15. Leedskalnin 04:24
16. Children of the masked emperor 07:53
17. Outro – II (Reprise) 02:33
18. Nekrosis 05:52
19. Praeparatus supervivet (Tac Rit RMX) 05:15
20. Totem visitations 06:18
21. Nehemoth 05:37
22. Moder Kaos 04:53
23. When serpents appear 04:56
24. Evil eyes impaled 06:08
25. Inannao 04:04
26. For those who bellow grief and tears 04:45
27. When serpents appear – BURG remix 10:40
3CD Edition of 300 copies in 8 panels trifold Digisleeve, matt lamination. CD1: 9 tracks. Running Time 58:48. CD2: 10 tracks. Running Time 52:21. CD3: 8 tracks. Running Time 47:41
Special Edition 3LP Boxset of 300 copies on black vinyl, 3mm printed sleeves, matt lamination. Includes an (A3) poster and matt laminated lid box. Unique mix not found on CD version.
3 CD Limited, 3 Vinyl Boxset