MYSTERY SEA 62 | Terje Paulsen | [Coastline]


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Ocean current
Slope of naked rock

Coastline, where land meets sea."

- Terje Paulsen, June 2010


Permeated with the duality of raw Nature & harbour, urban artefacts, Norwegian Terje Paulsen fathoms his close surroundings
to forge highly sentient organic sound pieces, based on field recordings, the visceral use of real instruments & found objects...
By doing this, he depicts sort of musical vignettes which are pure snapshots of Life...
These are intensely personal soundscapes, reflecting physical & mental states in an almost cathartic way...
Terje, like many artists fuelled by the same essential motivations is a "ferryman", a go-between, freezing moments of rare intensity
& exhilaration...
He has been published by himself, a plethora of netlabels (CON-V, Homophoni, Q-Tone, Rain Music, Resting Bell, Tecnonucleo...), a few labels (Q-Tone, Tibprod...) and pops up on several compilations (Mandorla, Ripples, Trente Oiseaux...)...

"Coastline", a sequel to "Horisont" (MS58) is another deep elemental drift...
Along the rock faces,
half sunken,
we float away,
swayed in the agitation of murky waters,
pulled this way and that by the dominant stream...

Always on the verge,
impermanent amidst the liquid mutations,
we fade, like washed out memories...

Below, reversed out,
the song of a lonely anchor,
scraped metal sighs,
submarine ringing tones...

"Coastline", our interior sea,
a waterline within,
in touch with the Unseen...






VITAL WEEKLY 744|Frans De Waard   
Earlier this year I reviewed 'Horisont' by Terje Paulsen, from Norway, and I called him the new kid on the block, following a string of releases on labels Homophoni, TecnoNucleo, Q-tone, Resting Bell, Rain Music, Con-V and here again he returns to Mystery Sea, with a sequel to 'Horisont'. I believed he was a guitar player, but with these two releases it seems as if he is more a man of field recordings. I might still be very wrong with that. Its very much along the lines of 'Horisont', with obscured metal rumble going on, lots and lots of sound effects, bringing this work quite up front. Not a work of carefully constructed microsound, but with some heavy undercurrents of water dripping, boats bumping into the harbor and all that usual imagery that comes with the territory in the Mystery Sea world. But Paulsen does a fine job, by adding some elements from the world of improvised music to it, clanging his metal (strings of a guitar?) here and there, while keeping the almighty drone
going. That's something a lot of peers wouldn't allow themselves to do. In that respect this is something of a change. Not a sea change, but an interesting ripple. Nice one.
vital weekly

Norwegian composer Terje Paulsen is one the perennial favourites here at WWR.  He has a bleakly immersive musical outlook that I find hugely pleasurable.  This in itself is unusual as I generally hold a preference for more open forms of drone music but there's just something in Terje's music that grabs me every time. 
Coastline has a nicely organic feel to the majority of it's constituent sounds with it's core guttural rumble augmented by sudden bell peals that roll through the shadows.  There's not a great deal of confluence and change within and between tracks as here Terje seems to have found a vibe he likes and has ridden it for as long and as far as possible.  I don't necessarily think that's a problem either as it's a vibe I like too and what he's done with and to it suits it very well indeed.  As an album it feels complete and fulfilling and never lacking.
A thoroughly enjoyable excursion in the company of an always recommended purveyor of the darker sides of drone.
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