Release Date: Jan 31, 2012
Record label: Magazine
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
In a way, the sheer thought of electronic music being an emblem of celebration and release still astounds me. It has morphed and taken on a life of its own into a community of spreadable ideas, different interpretations that continue to surge from one sole source. Like a living organism, it has to abide by the rules of social change, or it’ll weaken and break.
Axel Willner's music as The Field has always been about tiny bits of sound looped until their bled edges resemble something new entirely. More often than not, pathos is involved, which is why an alias like Loops Of Your Heart seems almost pointlessly transparent. But while the idea might be the same, the Swede's moves with And Never Ending Nights come from an entirely alternate angle.
Loops of Your HeartAnd Never Ending Nights[Magazine Records; 2012]By Cole Zercoe; February 20, 2012Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGTweetWhen critical darling The Field released Looping State of Mind late last year, it couldn’t help but feel like a bittersweet occasion. It was another strong offering from an artist that has yet to do any wrong, but despite its successes, Looping State of Mind affirmed that Axel Willner’s wholly original approach to electronic music was beginning to become a bit familiar. The electronic genre has always had a tendency to produce artists that stay within one musical aesthetic throughout their entire careers, but for an artist as unique as Willner, this trend felt like something The Field had the capacity to avoid.
Axel Willner has had loops on his mind a lot lately. He should, probably: A broad definition of "loop" would encompass every single component piece of Wilner's work, especially given his fondness for manicured sampling as the Field. His third Field album, Looping State of Mind, dropped last fall, and here he returns as Loops of Your Heart, a new project in the vein of the masters of German electronic music from whom he takes many of his cues.
With the three albums he’s released as the Field, Stockholm’s Axel Willner has established himself as one of the most original voices in electronic music. Thanks to his knack for weaving arpeggios into gorgeous sheets of melody, his 2007 breakthrough, From Here We Go Sublime, surprised pop critics who never thought they’d care about microhouse or ambient techno. And Never Ending Nights (released under the moniker Loops of Your Heart) is heavier and more earthbound by comparison, and to Willner’s credit, it sounds far removed from the Field’s starlit nightworld.
Mere months after Looping State of Mind, the gently exploratory third full-length installment of Axel Willner's celebrated work as the Field, the Cologne-transplanted Swede is back with a brand new project, bundled in typically evocative language: And Never Ending Nights, his debut album under the name Loops of Your Heart. As the nomenclature would suggest, there's hardly a radical shift in tone here -- this music is patient, contemplative, and calmly expansive: like the Field, but even more so. But the approach represents a considerable break with Willner's standard working methods, foregoing his usual micro-clipped samples and loops (ironically enough) for a set of largely beatless (and sometimes entirely non-rhythmic), aesthetically "pure," analog synth-based drones and pulsations.
Loops of Your Heart is the new project from Sweden's Axel Willner, more famously known as the Field. Although tonally the album bears some simarlarities to the Field, the sound is markedly different. Containing less of the hypnotic, minimal looping and emphasis on layers of ambient texture and arpeggiated synth work, it stays more on the kosmische side of the tracks.