This is the brand new album by Jack Hertz and it’s best to tune in when relaxed and calmed down to be able to absorb it like a sponge. The first track ‘Frozen Wave’ is utterly mysterious; a serene world in which my mind sketches a surreal sea world occupied with dreamy visions of opera friendly mermaids. They swim with their gracious fish tails like strange underwater ballerinas up and down the clear depths of water.
Sun Run keeps the feeling of a blue light of a dreamy ocean, yet it comes across more clear then ‘Frozen Wave’ perhaps because here all frozen dreams have now been melted by the rays of sunlight.
‘Coldness’ takes the long form ambient drone material to the deeper depths of the ocean. Not too deep as unlike what the title of the track tries to suggest; it actually all still sound very warm to my ears.
‘Polynya’ adds more mystery to the whole sound experience, this comes across slightly darker, even a bit creepy at times. Yet it has this flow that seemingly takes a listener away through the weird stream of audio magic. I feel here as if we are frozen in between ice water, completely helpless and depended on whatever Jack Hertz has in mind for our future lives. Luckily the artist doesn’t seem to be coming from the dark side at all, as beauty seems to prevail and the ears are slowly returning to a place of safety and comfort.
Or is it, really? As in the next track ‘The Calving’ it feels as if we have slipped under water, under the ice landscapes that block out any escape from drowning. The sounds of underwater ice platforms banging into each-other is quite frightening as somehow Jack Hertz made it sound as if not only we are deep into the cold water, we could also be crushed any moment by a bunch of gigantic oceanic ice cubes.
The vibe is still dark yet beautiful when ‘Cravasse’ settles itself in. It has a more melodic approach of deep density in which there is lightness in its heaviness. It’s as if we are dead and are now in a melting ice heaven in which every drip of water is a pretty sound to embrace. Perhaps we are not dead at all, but somehow stranded in some ice grotto that strangely warms up while still covering the grotesque power of nature’s choice of life and death over us. Which will it be; thumbs up or down?
I guess thumbs up as we ain’t dead yet, or completely frozen to statue like proportions as Jack Hertz has more music for us lined up. Take ‘Thunder Hill’ which is shimmering and goes well in being described as ‘deadly beautiful’. It goes from dark surreal shivering sensations to dense creepiness to pretty warm and fascinating surrealist moves. It comes in waves, and is intense enough to make sure you are still very much alive!
Which is nice as ‘Endless Blue’ is that pleasant end station of the ‘Antarctica’ album, something that you shouldn’t miss out on if you are into the balance of beautiful and danger:
Original Review: https://yeahiknowitsucks.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/jack-hertz-antarctica/
Album Page: https://auralfilms.bandcamp.com/album/antarctica/