& Bernhard Wostheinrich: Arcadia Borealis
& Erik Wollo : The Road Eternal
Frontiers is a musical travelogue through lands unknown although the sonic climate is very much influenced by the two musicians' shared Northern European heritage. The album is book-ended by Vista & Ascension which feature W°llo's panoramic chordal backdrops over which Boddy plays his now famous "Ondes Martenot" glissando synth lead lines. Between these two beautiful, haunting tracks the album is built around four sequencer driven pieces, each gaining in intensity and culminating in the intense penultimate title track Frontiers. These are interspersed with more abstract and atmospheric interludes, featuring field recordings the two artists have made in their own personal travels through their respective native landscapes. Constantly shifting in mood and tone, the album leads the listener across vast, open, icy sonic landscapes whilst periodically sheltering in more warm humane zones.
Expertly crafted by two renowned musicians W°llo & Boddy, Frontiers is a work of complex musical maturity that will open up its secrets over repeated listenings.