"This album hits it right on the nail." -EXPOSE
A timeless new release from an outstanding, fresh Swedish talent, Autumn Continent is a superbly crafted blend of ambient and electronic downtempo environments. Provocative but not intimidating, subterranean explorations are balanced with a sense of light from an otherworldly perspective. Between Interval has created an organic atmosphere that is accessible and thoughtful without the clichés of modern electronic music. Previous release, Secret Observatory, hailed as a top pick ambient release and selected by Amazon.coms New Age Editor as the Best of 2005.
No sophomore jinx here. One year after the release of Secret Observatory, his sterling U.S. debut, Swedish studio wiz Stefan Jonsson (a.k.a. Between Interval) pulls back the curtain on another absorbing museum piece for the ear, Autumn Continent. It is a work of mystery, shadowy moonscapes, and imagination-stretching audio vistas that spans 73 minutes over 10 seamless movements--a recording that could conceivably serve as the soundtrack for a future Terminator 6, only without a pall of danger or anxiety clinging to the music. Jonsson's unhurried electronic textures evoke slowly changing images, often suggesting stark landscapes that could either be areas of emerging beauty or lifeless plains where the dust from an intergalactic apocalypse has begun to settle. He expands his palette of sounds on Autumn, introducing randomly struck bowls as an otherworldly form of percussion ("Submerged"), threading a Tangerine Dream-like electro-pulse into "The Tides of Time," even creating a rhythmic cadence that transports listeners above a vast, unknown sea ("Early Life Remainings"). It all contributes to an engrossing listening experience, making it easy to overlook the few occasions where Jonsson uses repetition to lend a hint of "musicality" to his sonic abstractions, briefly diminishing the distinctiveness of his sound. The overarching splendor of Jonsson's concepts is unmistakable and wholly involving, making him a space-music artist worthy of close attention. --Terry Wood
At times "Hidden Wastelands" seems to almost disappear and then it emerges in a silky tribal infusion that leads to a sensuous warm soothing trance trajectory.
"The Tides of Time" draws you deeply into this album, saturating your consciousness with a deep sigh of peace. "Passageway" shimmers with long forgotten dreams and then awakens into new discoveries with a dark ambient wave and hints of falling stars.
The subtle pulsing energies in "Early Life Remainings" has a delicate hint of passion that breaks free into rhythmically sensual mood. The next three tracks follow this lead but mellow into warm rapturous infusions of intoxicating dreams. "Atrium" is a moody haze while "Autumn Continent 2" seems to embody a wistful longing. The mood is one of being completely alone and completely connected, as if your soul is wandering far away and has found peace.
"Between Interval" is the type of music you listen to deep into the night or while sinking into warm water or as you fall into dreams. This is relaxing music that still holds within its power an exciting revelatory element, the type that speaks softly of artistic elegance all while leaving you in a state of awe at the musical mastery.
~The Rebecca Review