Tortusa (aka. John Derek Bishop) is truly a forward-thinking composer within the electronic realm. His recent album, I know this place – The Eivind Aarset Collages, was inspired by both the beautiful landscapes of Norway, as well as his main musical influence and jazz guitarist Eivind Aarset. Releasing the album on Oslo’s Jazzland Recordings, home label of Eivind Aarset, Tortusa has created a visionary masterpiece while incorporating samples from Aarset’s extensive discography, and nature recordings captured from throughout Norway.
„The album is inspired by the atmospheres of Norwegian nature, and the inspiration is directly incorporated – Tortusa composed the album in a cabin near Egersund and his field recordings from the surrounding forests and coastline are an integral part of the record’s soundscape. The album is a journey through nature.“
While Tortusa’s collage presents an inspiring collection of sounds, melodies, and textures, This Again is definitely my favorite piece from the album. During the one minute intro, a slow and ambient crescendo consisting of haunting pads and an array of analog recorded sounds slowly builds. Without warning, a subtle melody begins to reveal itself beneath the surface before breaking through the ‚darkness‘; along with a stunning array of melodic textures at about 1:20, which fills the soundscape with blissful and evocative solidity.
Let Tortusa transport you far, far away with This Again by purchasing the entire album at Jazzland Recordings‘ website here. Be sure to also watch the official music video for This Again below!