An entirely new theatre of dreams is represented in “Scandinavia”. Using the principles of onomatopoeia to describe individual pieces, the whole album is tied together within its Nordic theme. With both Grobben and Dusault well-acquainted with Iceland and Sweden the album is an eight-track collection of sonic masterpieces, rooted in a seamless meld of organic and synthesised. The droplet-like melodies of “Waterfront” open the floodgates on the raw bassline energy and crisp drum patterns of “Northern Light” while the subtle, rolling cadence of “Highlands” and “Glacial Lake” are the perfect rhythmic counterpart to rich melodic flow.
Intricate acoustic drums are to the fore in “Skogafoss” as a gated chord progression provides contrast for sumptuous melodic ice floe to emerge from a sea of sound. A strong breakbeat pattern yields magnificent results in “New Grass”, rising and falling with ease as counterpoint melodies are entwined within, while the stripped back nature of “Glacier” allows complex rhythmic rolls to dominate before the cut away to reveal a cinematic soundscape of strings and soaring melody. Closing out proceedings, “Peninsula” has a nostalgic edge as melancholy chord progressions and evocative melodic tropes provide the perfect final act.
With the cool, calm sounds of “Scandinavia” to the fore, Sed Project have entered a brave new world.
released March 20, 2018
All tracks written and produced by Jean-Paul Grobben and Serge Dusault