Recorded between January 2006 and January 2007 at Nattefrost Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark and at Nattefrost Mobile studio in Odense, Denmark|
- Translogical Movements [9:14]
- Searching For A Distant Planet [4:31]
- Underneath The Nightsky [5:02]
- Observing Emotions [9:17]
- Winterland [7:03]
- A Different View On Jupiter [6:18]
- Intergalactic Journey [4:59]
- The Pleasure Of Tranquility [5:58]
- The Magic Of Forgotten Times [6:04]
All tracks composed, performed & produced by Bjorn Jeppesen except Winterland by Bjorn Jeppesen and Robert Schroeder-Trebor
Nattefrost (aka Bjorn Jeppesen) - All hardware & Software synthesizers, vocoders and other various electronic equipment
Ute Stemmann - Speech on "Translogical Movements"
Phil Molto - guitar
Introducing the second album by the Danish electronic musician Bjørn Jeppesen, also known as Nattefrost. His previous cd "Absorbed In Dreams And Yearning" showed on one hand a familiar sound but on the other hand also a fresh new look on electronic music. He cleverly mixed influences of the Berlin School with ambient sounds and a certain "Scandinavian feeling". "Underneath The Nightsky" is a continuation of this but again goes somewhat further. Bjørn’s music is melodical, accessible and has a rich and varying sound. Take, for instance, a piece like "Searching For A Distant Planet" which has a slight Gothic atmosphere, a fine rhythm, a nice solo, beautiful sounds and a great overall way to it. Sometimes the (earlier) sound of Jean Michel Jarre comes to mind while listening to Jeppesen’s composition.
This is happening in the tracks "Observing Emotions" (listen to that solo!), "The Pleasure Of Tranquility" and "The Magic Of Forgotten Times". Well, this last thing is indeed a little bit the case on "Underneath The Nightsky" but Bjørn keeps it also a little modern and that is nicely done. And then there is the excellent melodic "Winterland" that he composed and played together with no one less than Robert Schroeder.
This album shows the growth of a fine new talent. A talent that deserves to be listened to…
Géographiquement, le Danemark n’est pas loin de l’Allemagne. Cette promiscuité trouve un accomplissement dans la musique de NATTEFROST, le projet du synthétiste Bjørn Jeppesen. La filiation avec les maîtres allemands est indéniable et sa sympathie pour la patrie de Goethe est encore plus flagrante avec le récitatif en allemand par l’actrice Ute Stemmann qui introduit Translogical movements, la plage d’ouverture, et la collaboration de Robert Schroeder sur Winterland. Certains morceaux pourraient avoir été composés par Froese et consorts au lendemain d’Exit, d’autres, par leurs lignes de percussions métalliques, ne déplairaient pas à un Eric Serra.
Les compositions sont interprétées avec justesse par Jeppesen, qui dispose d’une palette sonore très riche privilégiant les percussions sourdes et les sons acidulés. Il a aussi eu la bonne idée de demander la collaboration de Phil Molto (un proche de Schroeder) pour quelques interventions bien pensées à la guitare. L’album est plus audacieux que son précédent opus (chroniqué dans le PR 46) et devrait plaire à tout amateur d’e-music qui se respecte.
2010. LouLou / Prog-résiste
Nattefrost is a Danish synth duo and this album is their best work to date. If you like powerful melodic space music overflowing with energy and effects this will trip you out big time. The album and its tracks are programmed to perfection as the music changes and arranges from one theme and atmospheric passage to the next. At times dynamic, then other pastoral and spacy the overall ambiance and mental state created is provocative and intoxicating.
Nattefrost takes a more ambient approach to sequencer music, though still very upbeat and full of energy.
2007. Scott Raymond
Grabado entre Enero del 2006 y Enero del 2007 en su estudio en Copenhague, este es el nuevo trabajo del proyecto de Bjorn Jeppesen, además cuenta con la colaboración en el tema "Winterland" de Robert Schroeder-Trebor. El disco comienza con la suave y melodiosa voz de Ute Stemman en el tema "Translogical Movements" para trasladarnos a partir de ese momento en un viaje espacial por los sueños gracias a los hermosos ritmos que Bjorn Jeppesen es capaz de crear.
2007. Roberto Vales / Ultima Fronteira
A brief German female narrative begins "Translogical Movements," giving way in short order to driving synths and sequencing. A catchy melody and a steady beat follow, completing the powerful opening of Nattefrost’s sophomore Groove release.
Quirky unique synths mark the beginning of "Searching for a Distant Planet," punching into the night air, though it develops into another accessible steady number.
The title track bubbles briskly along as well, light and lively. You’ll be hard pressed to keep the toes from tapping and the head from bobbing.
Better still is "Observing Emotions," slowing things just a shade but keeping things moving forward with irresistible rhythms and memorable melodies. A strong Jarre reference asserts itself near the end, deftly weaved in to the rest.
"Winterland" exudes surprising warmth as it jumps right in, continuing the emphasis on energy along with plenty of silky smooth synth work.
The playfulness and optimism keep coming with "A Different View of Jupiter," again with hints of Jean-Michel, though not as much as on the bouncy retro sounds of next couple tracks after that.
Underneath the Nightsky is just about the most fun you can have with your electronic music.
2007. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
Though Nattefrost – the pseudonym of Bjorn Jeppesen -- has been around since 1995 Underneath the Nightsky is only his third full length album. Utilizing both software and hardware synthesizers he creates sequencing based music with hints of Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre. Most of the album is his compositions except "Winterland" which was co-composed with Robert Schroeder-Trebor.
An intro of lapping water, brief chorales, a drone, and a female voice narrating something in German lead into a pulsing sequence in the opening track "Translogical Movements". The pulse moves back and forth like a minor doppler effect while retro style refrains add a feeling of sideways movement. Eventually this gives way and the sequencing is complemented by squirt effects.
Breaking the sequencing mould for a short time is "Searching for a Distant Planet". A mid-tempo bass and percussive rhythm is accompanied by industrial-esque hammering. Further in the piece develops into tight sequencing.
Tangerine Dream have a lot to answer for. Due to being pioneers in the world of electronic music they've made sequencing something which many artists aspire to. Nattefrost's album is not retro yet this kind of work harks back to times past. What Nattefrost has done right is to use sequencing in different moods and styles. If I had to use one word to describe this album it would be "vitality" because most pieces have plenty of energy.
If an album chock full of sequencing floats your boat then Underneath the Nightsky is surely worth checking out, but it's appeal outside this genre is probably limited.
2007. Dene Bebbington
This release from 2007 offers 58 minutes of cosmic electronic music.
Nattefrost is Bjorn Jeppesen. Phil Molto contributes guitar, and one track is co-written with Robert Schroeder-Trebor.
This music spends more time integrating with the cosmos than just luxuriating underneath a night sky. The tunes elevate and expand, infusing the audience with an affinity with the galactic panorama. At the same time, peppy melodies flavor those expansive moods with vivacious character, transforming spacey harmonics into exhilarating melodies possessed of inspirational puissance.
Moody atmospheric textures provide a backdrop for energetic electronics that surge into play with ponderous determination. Urgent cycles are established, then allowed to roll in the midground while auxiliary riffs surface to guide the tunes to airless altitudes.
Threads of gurgling pulsations generate a constant sense of expectation, building tension with a blooping frivolity. The melodies evoke a vibrant ascension, constantly striving for additional height, resulting in a dizzying euphoria that is quite pleasant. Complex keyboard notes flavor the tunes with novel diversions that serve to lend agitation to the dreamy milieu.
While percussion is present, the majority of rhythms are cocooned in burring electronic fuzz that attributes each beat with extra vibration. Some of the time, tempos are just approximated by the rapid application of strident notes.
The compositions tastefully blend aspects of portentous drama with airy efforts to achieve escape velocity. Jeppesen’s tendency to inject peppy riffs on top of soothing layers produces a lively sound that revitalizes as it lifts.
2008. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity
This new album by Nattefrost is a thrilling sonic adventure, of a great artistic quality. It consists in nine pieces that can more or less be framed within a Space Music style with some elements of Synth-Pop. The compositions not follow the usual outline of most Space Music and Synth-Pop, but advance in different directions.
Although there are some relaxed parts, the general structure of the album displays an energy that, not quite becoming frantic, makes the music very dynamic.
2008. Edgar Kogler
Bjorn Jeppesen and Robert Schroeder have done a release that I can listen to all day on repeat, That's how great this is, Just too good to get burnt out on.
2007. The Cosmic Frequencies / usa
Wave’s noises and distant spectral choirs introduce a Scandinavian poem, recited by the suave voice of Ute Stemmann, open the road of Translogical Movements. A sequential movement with metal wings that intersect on their fine echoic beats gives an undulating rhythm to which is added a nasal synth to sonorities of acidity bagpipe. In parallel, synth follows the layout of the sequencer in an analog universe of long ago, pointing out the continual noises of the 70’s. The modulations are superb and mould a rhythm which becomes more agitated, on weak synthetic loops and beautiful harmonious themes. What a start and what a total change that Bjorn Jeppesen undertakes on this Nattefrost 2nd opus. Forsaking his mythical nebulous sonority, he splits the atmosphere of a more aggressive sonority and offers a solid opus where harmony is combined with powerful rhythms.
Searching for a Distant Planet, Underneath the Nightsky and Intergalactic Journey concretize this new approach with slightly jerky sequencers, on nervous cadences supported by beautiful structures of bass and percussions with beautiful solos, and more direct sonorities, which are transformed into beautiful thematic melodies along with the very cosmic sound effects of the cosmic waves.
But the force of Nattefrost remains when he exploits longer titles, giving free course to its Gregorian thought, with his Scandinavian folklore, as on Observing Emotions. A superb title with the fast outcome where the static rhythms occupy of start the first furrows with a redundant and undulating sequencer. The metallic percussions are flexible and give an exquisite depth to a title which gimlets on its axis, leaving a throbbing tempo nibbling our vision. Discrete chorus, winds of Orion, absent synth on hypnotic loops, our brain is invades of a melting melody resulting from a obsessing bass which leaves its place to a synthetic sequence to leaping chords on the placid and enveloping reverberations waves.
The staticity makes place to the rapids sequences of Winterland. An intense flow with, in background, a fluid synth that supports the undulating and melodious movement, fusing of beautiful buckled solos, enriched by Phil Molto guitar.
In Different View on Jupiter offers an undecided tempo with a hopping structure to light groove, just like his very light synthetic approach.
The Pleasure of Tranquility is a sumptuous space ballade, girdled of beautiful suave synth, with nasal breaths, and a sequential whirling movement. The atmosphere is vaporous and felted, on beautiful revolving cymbals.
A jerky sequencer extends its nervous beats in opening of The Magic of Forgotten Times. Its fine loops of Oracle whirl. Invading they fuse of sound effects on a flexible synth with floating and moulding spheres of influence. A subtle modulation brings the tempo to another level where the synth is more solemn on a rotary sequencer, with the effigies of an intergalactic war which finishes on a mini solo of vaporous percussions. Like a watchman, the synth grinds with an underhand approach, getting the sequencer on its trace of origin. A very beautiful piece which is spread out with the size of its title.
Bjorn Jeppesen could have been satisfied to exploit the sonority of his former work, Absorbed in Dreams and Yearning, that we would have to excuse him, so much it was exquisite. On Underneath the Nightsky, it ventures on new paths, with all the audacity and the mythical of the Scandinavian charms, resulting in a superb album. Built well and, especially extremely melodious on ebullient sequences and rhythms which astonish and surrounds our music room of a perpetual sonorous overflow at the same time intense and subtly melodic.
A must.for all EM fans.
2007. Sylvain Lupari / Canada