NǽnøĉÿbbŒrğ VbëřřĦōlökäävsŦ – Goodbye, Sol: A Journey To The End Of Spacetime And Back
July 2014 (Antarctica); Self-released
LP (17 hours 37 min.)
Post-Drone, Post-Noise, Dark Ambient
01. Goodbye, Sol (1 Tly)
31. “Sufficiently Advanced Civilizations May Invariably Leave Our Universe” (? ly)
32. God Is A Systems Architect And The Multiverse Is An Infinitely Recursive Architectural Simulator (∞ ly)
33. Hello Again, Sol (0 ly)
NǽnøĉÿbbŒrğ VbëřřĦōlökäävsŦ (pronounced “Nanocyborg Uberholocaust”) might be the most interesting band I’ve encountered in a very long time. I’ve stumbled across this madness of a band name on Sputnikmusic and was interested right away.
I was even more interested when I found out the playing time of this particular album. Seventeen hours. SEVENTEEN HOURS. And then I read the information text about the band on their website. And that was the moment I knew that NǽnøĉÿbbŒrğ VbëřřĦōlökäävsŦ is indeed one of the craziest and most unique musical projects ever.
NǽnøĉÿbbŒrğ VbëřřĦōlökäävsŦ consists of two musicians who both happen to be scientists at a research station on the Antarctica continent. They coincidentally found out that they both have an affinity for extreme drone and ambient music and both had a bass guitar in their possession. Eventually they started making music together and released their first “full length” (22 hours) album The Ultimate Fate Of The Universe in 2007. They recorded the album at the exact South Pole. This location results in a windy, unclean sound quality, which was actually intended by the band to create the most bleak, grim and kvlt sound ever produced.
“Dark Dude” and “Wavanova”, the two members of the band, describe their style of music as “Ambient Cosmic Extreme Funeral Drone Doom Metal” and that is probably the most accurate description of their music you could come up with. I personally love this style of music: extremely ambient and droney soundscapes, grim and frostbitten but at the same time beautifully relaxing.
This album, Goodbye, Sol, released in 2014, is a concept piece about a journey to the end of Spacetime and back to our solar system. Every track comes with an indication of how many light years away from the sun we are at that point of the journey. It’s such a cool concept, and the music really does it justice. Some listeners will find it to be boring, and it is without a doubt very challenging to listen to, due to its repititiveness and extremely long playing time, but I think that this album really transports the atmosphere of a journey through the seemingly endless universe perfectly. I never thought I’d ever listen to an album recorded and produced at the South Pole, with an almost twenty hours playing time. But I did – and it’s absolutely amazing.
You can download the whole discography of NǽnøĉÿbbŒrğ VbëřřĦōlökäävsŦ from their official website for free.