Stunning solo album from Paul Elam of Declining Winter. Glitchy electronica, tape hiss and gaseous ambient are combined with organic instrumentation within a set of short tracks which condense avant garde styles into near pop formats. Each melody and timbre takes a careful and considered approach; every sound appears at exactly the right time to have the maximum affect, showcasing Elam's compositional craft. Whether it is through found sounds, processed loops, or instrumentation, the creation of rich melodies is what drives the album, an approach that recalls the likes of Boards of Canada and Fennesz.
You can see what Philip Glass liked about the harp in his music. On one hand, it’s a close substitute for a piano, which is involved in the originals of all three of these transcriptions. The excerpts from The Hours (tracks 7-12) were transcribed from a piano version of the original Nicole Kidman film soundtrack score, and unsurprisingly Meijer said that of the three works, that one gave her the most trouble.
A discussion on Scandinavian AOR would be incomplete without mention of Malmo based outfit Bad Habit. Timing their run through the 80's and dodging hair-metal bullets along the way, this classy five-piece straddled the fence between hair-metal and AOR, ending up like a cross between Danish boys Fate, Norwegians Davinci and fellow Swedes Glory. They did have an intriguing sound, enhanced by Hal Johnsto's Brian May like guitar lines. Signed to Sony/CBS for a 6 track demo called 'Young And Innocent' released in 1988, the band traded labels and moved to Virgin Records for the release of their debut album in 1989 called 'After Hours'.