BS260 Mind over MIDI: Control

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Design/artwork by Helge Tømmervåg

Mind over MIDI:
Control (featuring Stein Bjercke)

Format: Digital Single
Label: Beatservice Records
Catalogue number: BS260-1
Release date: 9. sep 2022

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Control (featuring Stein Bjercke)


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Electronic music maestro Mind over MIDI makes a welcome return to Beatservice Records with the new the breathtaking new album 'Control' in October. The title track is released as a teaser, with Stein Bjercke providing his distinctive vocal gravity. The music is brooding with ominous intensity as wintry waves crash against frosty moonlit shores.


Design/artwork by Helge Tømmervåg

Mind over MIDI:
Control

Format: Digital album/CD
Label: Beatservice Records
Catalogue number: BS260
Release date: 7. oct 2022

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Fragile

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Denial

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Control (featuring Stein Bjercke)

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Regret

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Absence

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Disappear (featuring Stein Bjercke)

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Forgotten

08

Surrender

09

Let It Go (featuring Oddman)

10

Close

11

Vanish


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Electronic music maestro Mind over MIDI makes a welcome return to Beatservice Records, presenting 11 immersive tracks on the breathtaking new album, 'Control'.

Hailing from Kristiansund on the northwest coast of Norway, Helge Tømmervåg has been crafting scintillating electronic sounds since the early '80s. His earliest work recorded under the now-familiar Mind over MIDI moniker arrived in the early '90s. His long-standing affiliation with Beatservice extends as far back as 1995, when – following a few compilation entries – he first signed for the imprint. He's released scores of highly regarded and stylistically uncompromising sounds over the years, appearing on labels including Silent Seasons, Diametric, Hibernate, Whitelabrecs, ROHS! Lontano Series and via his own Berserk Fabrik. After releasing five albums on Beatservice, he took an extended hiatus from the label back in 2005, but happily returned to the fold in 2020 with the acclaimed 'Gimsøy, Lofoten' EP1 and EP2.

'Control' sees him back in long-playing action, with his sixth album for Beatservice proving every bit as mesmerising as those which preceded it. Arriving like a crisp Arctic sunrise, the collection begins with the icy swells of 'Fragile', with dramatic pads stealthily morphing over stripped machine drums and sub-rooted bass to provide the most tantalising of openers.

'Denial' marks an incremental increase in energy levels, with captivating synth textures gorgeously blended over gently rolling rhythms and growling bass to form a powerfully cinematic soundscape. Stein Bjercke provides his distinctive vocal gravity on the title track, 'Control', the music brooding with ominous intensity as wintry waves crash against frosty moonlit shores.

The evocative tones continue into 'Regret', where intricate synth threads are precisely woven across a bed of broken drums as phasing pads arrive like a shimmering mist to envelop the delicate tapestry. Next, we effortlessly glide into the dreamlike textures and sparkling rhythms of 'Absence', with its opiate harmonics and slowly evolving melodies gracefully emerging through the brisk northern haze.

Stein Bjercke once again enters the stage on the captivating swirls of 'Disappear', his timeless vocal echoing into the infinite oneness as metallic drones hover over sparse drums for a profoundly atmospheric inward journey. Evoking a striking sense of mystery, the haunting synth melodies of 'Forgotten' bewitch as they sail over gyrating drums for a faintly jarring moment of unflinching reflection.

Augmenting the introspection, the aerial drift of 'Surrender' languidly pulses across unfamiliar landscapes, as undulating pads rise over hypnotic drums and low-pitched drones. Submerging still deeper, the dubbed-out topography of 'Let It Go' sees Oddman's indelible vocal aching with sincerity as his solemn lyrics permeate the darkened horizon.

The shimmering arpeggios of 'Close' steadily morph through breathy harmonics for a soul-soothing interlude, before closing track 'Vanish' caps a beguiling album in suitably esoteric style. Here, fizzing cymbals guide shadowy melodies across a pre-dawn panorama, remaining almost out of sight as secretive synth harmonies whisper into the distance.

This enthralling collection is nothing less than a tour de force from Mind over MIDI. Ethereal yet powerfully dense, the morphing sonics are equipped with enough force to permeate the sternest of souls as they echo through and beyond the psycho-spiritual abyss.


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