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Jacco Gardner Announces New Album, Shares New Song “Volva”

Somnium Due Out November 23 via Polyvinyl

Sep 11, 2018
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Dutch multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner has announced a new album, Somnium, and shared its first single, the short instrumental track "Volva." Somnium is due out November 23 via Polyvinyl. Listen to "Volva" below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art.

The album is the follow-up to 2015's Hypnophobia. It was influenced by Gardner moving to a new country and city. "I think moving to Lisbon played a huge part of the album, as the city has a very mystical quality to it," he says in a press release. "Especially in the older parts of the city, but also because of the hills it's built on, wandering through the streets can feel almost like wandering through nature."

Somnium is named after the 1608 novel by Johannes Kepler, which is considered the first ever science fiction novel. "This book fascinates me because it was basically Kepler traveling in his mind to a non-existent world while describing it, and his journey, with amazing detail," Gardner explains. "Many of his imagined sensations are actually really what happens when one travels into space, which happened almost four hundred years later. You could call it a vision of the future through his dreams, and I find this aspect very mysterious and powerful."

The press release cites Bo Hansson, Vangelis, Cluster, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno, and Mike Oldfield as influences/reference points for the album. Unlike Hypnophobia, Somnium doesn't feature any vocals. "I deliberately removed my voice from the experience, as it made it more difficult for me to achieve the intended state of mind," Gardner says in the press release. "I think it makes the journey more interesting, more deep, and more intimate. I didn't feel the need to show my face while one drifts away into thought. Somnium is a visionary experience. The album is more than just a trip, it is about contact with a deeper - hidden - reality."

Gardner sums up the album this way: "Somnium could be seen as a tribute to the album, a dying format in today's fast-paced society. It can often be difficult to enjoy a meaningful uninterrupted moment. This album is where true mystery and wonder is waiting to be discovered."

Somnium Tracklist: 

01. Rising
02. Volva
03. Lagrangian Point
04. Past Navigator
05. Levania
06. Eclipse
07. Utopos
08. Rain
09. Privolva
10. Pale Blue Dot
11. Descent
12. Somnium

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Anna Shetty
September 12th 2018
12:25am

I am grateful to have opened this discussion. This question is quite interesting to me. Finally the answer was found
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happy wheels
October 28th 2018
9:19pm

Jacco Gardner released the new album, sharing the new song “Volva” the song is great, I really like this new album.