If you can picture the very furthest, coldest, darkest part of Norway, that's where Helge Tommervag (aka Mind Over Midi) resides. If you want to get an idea of what it's like there, and can do without the frostbite, then this EP is the perfect solution. Although titled "Polychrome", the sounds on this release are purely monochromatic - all sweeping, icy synthscapes, where digital snowflakes float onto glitchy branches under an ink-black sky and found sounds nestle in electronic burrows. Haunting.
Helge Tommervag aka Mind Over Midi has been making music probably since before you were born. The Norwegian native was famous for his raucous and uncompromising approach to techno in the '90s, but he's slowly moved towards less constrictive terrains. The always-wonderful Diametric label presents an ample collection of his new sound - one that's inherently deep and aqueous. In that sense, the synths feel loose and percussion is scarce if at all existent. There's a sense of transportation throughout the whole LP, where Tommervag's wailing atmospherics and pensive arrangement are worthy of a proper listen. No laptop speakers or ear-buds. Sit back, blast it loud and be off on your way to the cosmos. For fans of anything from Klaus Schulze to Aphex Twin.