Earth Luminous

by Erik Wøllo and Byron Metcalf

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ottis41 Great sound scape, moves in and out of, up and down and all around, great selection of sounds Favorite track: Days of Magic.
Ed Buckley
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Ed Buckley This is a superb collaboration between two musicians I'm not at all familiar with. Sweeping airy, ambient soundscapes are underpinned by earthy, often tribal, rhythms. Creative fires burn brightly, not watered down by New Age sappiness. It's ELEMENTAL, good people. :-) In all seriousness, though; this is marvelous music; give a listen.
Adam B
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Adam B Erik Wollo and Byron Metcalf weave a stunning dose of musical magic with this album. With Wollo's atmospheres, melodies, and echoes of native folk music and Metcalf's alchemical shamanic rhythms this is an album not to be missed. The music on this album reaches heights of great beauty and expansiveness.

Highly recommended.
Sandra Barnes
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Sandra Barnes Beautiful music and very relaxing
Volker Lankow
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Volker Lankow Wonderful collaboration between Erik Wollo with his beautiful textures and the shamanic percussion sounds of Byron Metcalf. Worth a download! Favorite track: Light and Ground.
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Matthieu JOLY A right mix between Mr Wøllo & Metcalf! Favorite track: Diomedea.
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Electronic musician Erik Wøllo joins tribal-trance percussionist Byron Metcalf for an elegant album weaving melodic, vibrant soundscapes with subtle, grounding rhythms.

Earth Luminous stirs the memory on an outing through luminescent electronic ambient music where the ethereal is anchored and activated by steady, tactile frame drums and percussive patterns. Byron’s tight-to-the-grid substratum pulse serves as a conduit to Erik’s lush, emotive and expansive atmospheres. Together, the two sonic explorers find a meeting place where vapor trails and glowing man-made cityscapes reveal that we, the modern humans, are the ones who bring into existence the enlightened earth: our explorations illuminate to bring cascading insight.

Erik and Byron met at SoundQuest Fest 2010 hosted by Steve Roach in Tucson, AZ. Although they did not have the opportunity to perform together, they were impressed with each other’s sets and discussed the idea of collaborating on an album. After five years working on their own solo music, the duo reconnected to record this hybrid collaboration between continents and cultures. The pieces bring together a vast selection of synthesizers and electric guitars mixed with various acoustic hand drums and ​percussion​ instruments. Seven of the ​eight tracks were composed via audio files exchanged from Norway to Arizona and back again; while “Linked Stars,” the final and most spacious track, was recorded live in Byron’s studio in Arizona.

Erik says: “My original vision with this project was to combine my etheric elements with grounded and reality-oriented ​rhythmic grooves (or patterns) as the basic foundation for the music; a sound flowing freely along with the currents all the time balancing the dark with the light. I have worked with many drummers over the years, but with Byron everything fell into the right place. He’s been a professional musician for over five decades and has worked with some of the best players you can imagine. One of his real strengths is his ability to ​create the absolute right solutions for any melodic or rhythmical texture, making the arrangements complete. I noticed very quickly that he has a certain skill of playing towards and supporting a leading melody – a skill only an experienced drummer can understand.”

The dramatic images of the album cover reflect the music’s contemplative and timeless perception of our planet. Seeing the world from above from an airplane’s cockpit (in photos taken by pilot Ian Dutton) reveals reflective perspectives of the earth below: a magnificent visual confluence of the sky and the glittering nighttime urban city lights.

Earth Luminous’ lustrous soaring themes, moving electronic drones, and bedrock ​rhythmic patterns drift and unfold in a lush electronic treatment of modern instrumental music. Cycles of layered synthesizers, harmonies, introspective slow-motion soundscaping, vibrant acoustic percussion, and illuminated electric guitar produce expansive and fluid tracks. The results are deeply​ thoughtful, seductive musings upon a radiant​ earth.


released May 2, 2016



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Projekt is America's premier independent label specializing in passionately intense introspective music across a variety of darkwave genres (ambient, ethereal, darkwave, electronic, goth, dark cabaret, dreampop & more). Projekt is home to a diverse roster including Steve Roach, Voltaire, Erik Wollo, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, vidnaObmana, Unto Ashes, Alio Die, Byron Metcalf, and others. ... more


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