Nordic Nomadic resides as generally a solo project. This project taken on by the lead singer of Ontario based psych metal band Quest For Fire as a way of creating songs that are more plaintive and slightly more psychedelic than his main project. So it doesn't seem too surprising that Tee Pee records would be the label releasing this record. The notion of the bands being related should be pushed to the side while listening to this as they do share elements experience with one is not necessary to delve into the other.
Opening with a distorted lurching riff that slowly fades into acoustic strumming and a solemn almost moaning vocal line the title track gives the listener a quick entrance into the record. The song relies on building energy with the distorted tones and fading back into the acoustic almost folksy main parts. This gives the listener a strong taste of what they are in store for throughout the LP.
Keep in mind that first song is probably also the most upbeat the record gets. Throughout the album the songs lurch and crawl quietly and calmly. This helps to create more of an atmospheric basis for the songs but it also makes them easier to get lost in. The record as a whole relies more on distortion as a coloring device to the otherwise slow folk basis of the main parts of the song. There is most notably barely any adornments instrumentally speaking. The songs are generally just guitar and voice. While this makes it very clear that this is a solo piece it also makes the songs rely solely on those meager pieces for any build or momentum within the songs. While this isn't always a bad thing it can make the record feel slightly tedious at times.
When it all comes down this record is a calming simple piece of folk that has slight psychedelic elements. The production is impeccable making the record overall feel rather otherworldly. There is nothing here that is groundbreaking and only some of the record is truly interesting. If you allow yourself to be taken in you may find yourself lost in this record although, there is also the risk of falling asleep to it. Either way it can be interesting.
5.7 / 10
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