WIM – “The White Peak” review by musikzircus (Germany)

Another new name from AD Music Label is Norwegian artist Ketil Lien recording under the alias WIM.  Influenced by Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Kitaro, Vangelis and Mike Oldfield his debut “The White Peak” is a sold debut and tracks like “Seeking Soft Atmospheres”, “Gliding Ships” and “Dark Princess” I found very rewarding.
The twelve pieces of electronic music on the CD have running times between 4:42 and 6:34 minutes so WIM’s music is well constructed and gets to the musical point quickly and without fuss.

The CD starts with “The Lost Realm” that begins with an Eastern and quite mystical flavour. A downtempo melody quickly establishes itself and very harmoniously could be a film soundtrack. “Sirens From The Past” is a very melodic track with piano and various other Sounds such as acoustics guitar, strings and choirs.  The melody is simple but effective, creating a nice atmosphere.

Epic soundscapes are discovered in “Econ Theme”  and this is a very romantically designed piece.  After these quiet passages, “Secret Paradise” is a good rhythmic track with a catchy melody and great effects.  More interesting percussion and rhythm effects, paired with lovely Synth chords make “Soft Atmospheres” a real treat.

The sound becomes more expansive on “Gliding Ships”, becoming more quiet on the excellent “Dark Princess”, reminding me of the German project Nautilis.

WIM’s style also resembles a little of Robert Fox and David Wright where each piece contains good production values, strong melody and doesn’t waste time or indulge itself. A very good debut worth investigating so check out the AD music online shop.

~ by admusic on December 3, 2008.

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