It took 13 years for Bard Oberon and his band to release their third album. The Norwegians have been working on "Dream Awakening" for a whole year. It tells the "story of the soul on its way to awakening, of man's striving for self-knowledge". A lot of mysticism is preprogrammed with it. This is especially noticeable in the quieter pieces, which remind us of Current 93 ("Dark World") with their enrapture and intimate singing or Peter Hammill's solo records ("Flight Of Aeons") with sounds from an old piano. "Dream Awakening" combines New Artrock, Avantpop, Neofolk and Dark Psychedelic in an exciting way you have never heard before. This may take some getting used to at first, but it already starts to ignite during the second listening session and then it won't let you go. Those who like art rock should listen to "Escape" with its jubilant guitars (on the enclosed sampler), which tends towards anathema. The concluding "Age Of The Moon" then forms the mystical wedding of all the alchemical ingredients spread out here.
Top track: Age Of The Moon