"TRACES"




This album is re-released on
Spotted Peccary Music






Review:
TRACES, IMAGES OF LIGHT and SOLSTICE
(remastered and reissued 2012):

Early work can seem small in the accompanying glare of an artist's latest
achievement. This is not at all so for Erik Wollo. His three albums TRACES,
IMAGES OF LIGHT and SOLSTICE (remastered and reissued including previously
unreleased bonus tracks as a three disc set) still sound fresh and modern long
after their original release. Having this music once again available will
certainly enhance the listening pleasure of Wollo's international fanbase, but
will also be of great interest to those wishing to track his ascent.

TRACES (1985) has many distinctions, one of which was being the first-ever
all-electronic release out of Norway. On this album and later on IMAGES OF LIGHT
(1990) and SOLSTICE (1992) we hear Wollo combining the influences of prog-rock,
ambient and classical chamber music into a fluid procession of bright sounds,
steady rhythms and striking musical phrasing. It was on these three albums that
Wollo perfected the communication of a multitude of emotions in fairly short
compositions. He also developed a synthesized allusion to the tribal sound
samples and digital grooves soon to change music forever. Listening to these
early works we hear many of the foundational rhythms and beats, especially on
TRACES, were enlisted not from world music samples but created using
synthesizers. This, along with his distinctive guitar playing and song
arranging, established Wollo as a significant creative talent; one whose early
music has been built upon time and time again by a great number of new grown
artists. So many of Wollo's innovations have found their way into the genre that
his music has achieved a kind of timelessness - which is why these three CDs,
now well over 20 years old, still sound like new.

But more significantly whatmay also be heard on TRACES, IMAGES OF LIGHT and SOLSTICE
is an artist at thebeginning of a meaningful career in music and fully realizing an incredibly
polished novice work - a work connected more directly to the creative spirit
than what may be achievable by an older and more veteran musician.

by Chuck van Zyl
Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
http://www.starsend.org