Jun 29, 2008

Trondheim - Erlöst von dieser Hoffnung

Another blocSonic release hit the net last night. It is a good one. Perhaps a little quieter than some, but there are some fantastic cuts on this compilation.

This Trondheim tune is from an Aerotone release called Zum Abschied (AER013). Aerotone is a netlabel with the catch phrase, "welcome to aerotone. we are a netlabel and we love melancholic music." This gives you an idea of what to expect from this track.

Like other Trondheim efforts, this one has a strong classical feel to go along with chill beats and gentle atmospherics.

I've posted material included on blocSonic compilations in the past (last week, as a matter of fact) and really appreciate the work that blocSonic impresario, Michael Gregoire has put into the effort.

Trondheim - Erlöst von dieser Hoffnung

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Jess said...

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_ Performing Songwriter




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