UPDATE: Red Vinyl sold out! There are 3000 Black Vinyl pressed, and are currently only about 200 left..   PLEASE NOTICE:  I have  updated the link to reflect the Black Vinyl!

These two mastodonts joined forces back in 2008, and the 11th of February we will finally see the birth of their cooperative album “Terrestrials”. Very dark, brooding songs these, yet oh so beautiful… Guaranteed to haunt you for a long time, these are not for the faint of heart. From the press-release; “The result of this union is a three-track recording entitled Terrestrials; three movements which are fluid like the flow of magma beneath the Earth’s crust, sonically uninhibited, unpredictably cosmic, haunting and stirring yet simultaneously ceremonious and beautiful.”

NOTE; There was also a White Vinyl version limited to 1000 copies, of which 100 where previously available through this site. According to Ulver, these have been withdrawn. Suppose the 100 will be sent out, bat that seems to be it..

The Details

SUNN O))) & ULVER Terrestrials LP (red vinyl)

180 gram RED vinyl (limited to 1,000 pressed)

Thick Stoughton style tip-on jacket



**item ships out on or around 11 February 2014



SUNN O))) & ULVER Terrestrials

Oslo, Norway, August 10th, 2008. Following their 200th gig, playing before 2000 people at the Øya festival, SUNN O))) teamed up with Norwegian legends ULVER at their Oslo studio, Crystal Canyon. They recorded three "live in improvisation" pieces, starting that evening and ending at dawn, as Northern sunlight seeped in through the windows.

"We were sitting in the console room, early in the morning, listening to the takes. Someone said, 'ah, sunrise over Crystal Canyon,' as if the night had been a dark one. We all laughed and Greg proposed it as a title. In that setting it sounded perfect. The boys had mentioned wanting the music to orient towards the light, like some lost pilgrim stretching before the sun. We kept that mental picture for the processing." – Kristoffer Rygg

That take became the album's opening piece, "Let there be light," which builds up from silence and darkness and proceeds – ceremoniously, coruscating – O'Malley and O'Sullivan creating the backdrop for Rygg's Basso Profondo chants. The music unfolds over eight minutes before reaching a crescendo of bass and brass, introducing both Anderson and ULVER as we know them. The Sunn has risen.

"Western horn" accelerates on a single and austere note of sustained bass and low end, evolving gradually into a haunted soundscape. Crying violins, clusters of Fender Rhodes, guitar pickups, and metal plate drones are gradually layered beneath Anderson's augmented bass feedback.

"Eternal return" introduces Rygg singing a lyric evoking ancient Greece, Egypt and the Biblical lands. The song is palindromic, echoing the lyric, beginning and ending with the same bass line and musical pattern, though the guitars are ultimately reversed as the song implodes upon itself.

Terrestrials is three movements which are fluid like the flow of magma beneath the Earth's crust, sonically uninhibited, unpredictably cosmic, haunting and stirring yet simultaneously ceremonious and beautiful.

Thanks to Lars Sonic Seime for the tip!

Price $15



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