Sounding like an industrially produced blizzard, this is best called glacial techno. Filled with white noise, icy beats and cold synthesizer accompaniments. NORMAN RECORDS
Confermata dunque la coerenza nel concept che ha sempre contraddistinto la label, è impossibile non sorprendersi di fronte a un'opera squisitamente ritmica come “Zastrugi”.ONDAROCK
As a whole, there is a perceptible sense of depth to the album that makes it all the more engaging.BRAINWASHED
The first chapter of this series is "Zastrugi" - the first techno glacial album by Netherworld. It's a wind-eroded, hard-packed snow surface with irregular grooves and sharp ridges that is mostly found in the earth’s polar regions as well as on high mountains subject to high winds. The ridges, often appearing like frozen waves, form parallel to the prevailing winds and are usually found on windward slopes. The windward surface is usually rough and has a sand-blasted appearance. The snowy surface is very hard and is difficult to cross by foot or on skis. Netherworld aka Alessandro Tedeschi is also the creator and owner of Glacial Movements Records in Rome, Italy. He published several works on various labels such as Fario, Angle Rec, Umbra, and Taalem, The Wire Tapper Series and Glacial Movements with releases like "Morketid" (2007), "Over the Summit" (2011) and "Alchemy of Ice "(2013) .These were critically acclaimed gems of ambient music.
1) Mapsuk (13:05)
An overhanging shape caused by the erosion of the wind on the snow surface.
2) Bergie Seltzer (12:46)
The sound produced by an iceberg when it melts. It's generated by the release of air bubbles trapped in the ice sheets of the iceberg.
3) Sérac (10:03)
A block or column of glacial ice, often formed by intersecting crevasses on a glacier.
4) Dry Andes (09:55)
A climatic and glaciological subregion of the Andes, and it's characterized by the presence of penitentes.
5) Uikka (10:21)
An evil spirit of Inuit mythology. It's widely feared because it aground boats between the ice blocks.
Written, produced and composed by Netherworld.
Co-produced, arranged, mixed and mastered by Matteo Spinazzè Savaris at Jung Studio.
Sleeve by Rutger Zuydervelt.
Glacial Movements Records, April 2015