This album is definitely something otherworldly; in the first listening session it can be described as post-rock but the term would not do it the justice it deserves. “ATGCLVLSSCAP” is the result of a dozen live shows that took place following the band’s overwhelming album, “Messe I.X-VI.X”. If that information had not come to light before it release, it would be difficult to tell that this it is a live album.
The downright moderate “D-Day Drone” and “Desert Dawn” appear connected to the funky “Moody Stix.” The trippy soundtrack-like “Om Hanumate Namah” is arranged with a lot of post-rock elements appearing more understandable and clear-cut than “The Spirits That Lend Strength Are Invisible” which poses in an ethereal stance. Meanwhile “Cromagnosis” is energetic and dream-like in its entirety.
ULVER have again challenged the way music is made due to the fact that it seems that their approach seeks to find the impact music has on the listener’s mood, emotions and vivid imagination. ATGCLVLSSCAP is an album – a theatrical play that will speak and affect each and every one in a different way. But without a doubt, it’s a magical collective of music bringing together 30 years of ULVER’s music heritage while taking it one step further.
This album unfolds its hidden secrets slowly upon listening to it again and again; multiple layers of meaning and parallel universes are to be explored, feelings to be felt and images to come to mind. Overloading of the senses, trance-like states of mind and beautiful emotions are the effects of this album, anticipated to bring about different ones in each listener.
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