Henrik Nordvargr BjörkkVitagen
From the shadowy Bohult cellar we present the definitive masterwork from the Nordic giant of modern dark ambient music, Henrik Nordvargr Björkk!
Driven by obsessive ideas and an uncontrollable will of producing quality ambience, he’s the man of many projects – MZ.412, Folkstorm, Toroidh, not to mention the successful collaborations with Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) -, but it’s under his given name and very own grim fashion that Mr. Björkk delivers the most suffocating music around.
Carefully registered at night over a long period of time, the sounds used on Vitagen hail from a vast collection of strange sources – an old oiltank, axe, ESP, broken electronic equipments and slabs of concrete, to name a few. However, what makes his work even more intriguing is the amazing ability to concentrate in a deep black hole of sound elements of glitchy, cold elektronika amidst haunted and blackened minimalist atmospheres, building a foundation that permits himself to experiment with more rhythmic movements, slowly build and detailed drones, distant rumbles and disembodied voices. With this undisputable trademark, Nordvargr has managed to capture the spirit of bleakness like no other artist. The different shades of black and grey he paints with have never been more disturbing and at the same time more beautiful.
Initially scheduled for a double CD release, the decision was made by the artist to distill the work into one solid masterpiece due to the complexity of the material. He was right. Vitagen is a step further on his career and a real lesson on how dark ambient music can be challenging and innovative if produced by someone who really knows the right tricks.
Always commited in delivering the best sound and presentation, Essence Music invited the talent of Peter Andersson for the mastering and presents Vitagen housed in a custom 6-panel digisleeve packaging.
— Also available as Boxset Edition.