Review: Geir Jensson's debut album under the now familiar Biosphere alias, Microgravity, has long been considered something of a classic of the early '90s ambient boom. First released in 1991, it offered an icy but suitably atmospheric mix of chilly ambience, British-style "intelligent techno" and crystalline IDM. To celebrate 25 years since it was recorded (it was released a year later, in 1991), Geir Jensson has re-mastered it and, with the help of a successful crowd-funding campaign, pressed it onto a double CD minus the cross-fades and sound effects featured on the original pressing. Happily, Microgravity has lost none of its' allure, and the superb re-mastering ensures
Review: Norwegian ambient legend Geir Jenssen is enjoying a particularly good year. Having earned significant praise for his first new album in many years, Departed Glories, the veteran producer has decided to reissue another sought-after gem from his vast back catalogue. Cirque, which was apparently inspired by the real-life story of a walker who died in the Alaskan wilderness, earned hearty praise on its initial release back in 2000. This two-disc edition not only contains the original album - a typically evocative and atmospheric fusion of glacial ambience and icy soundscapes - but also a new bonus disc. This contains a mixture of enjoyable alternate takes and previously unreleased tracks recorded during the same period, all of which are - somewhat unsurprisingly - superb.