The Field

Infinite Moment

Kompakt

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Axel Willner, better known as The Field, is one of those acts who mastered his craft so quickly that he had completed the hard work almost immediately. His debut From Here We Go to Sublime remains a recent landmark record not just in electronic music, but in general as a masterstroke of carving one's niche and exploiting it for all it's worth. In the time since, over four subsequent albums and now this, his sixth overall, Infinite Moment, he has maintained a consistency that one has come to expect from just over a decade of excellent, minimal, atmospheric techno from the Swedish wunderkind, while each time finding space to subtly add something new to the mix.

So it comes as no surprise that once again Willner has produced another slab of music in which to get lost in, as the title suggests, endlessly. What makes Willner's sound special is the feeling of, well, infinity that accompanies it. Once a Field record goes on, the listener is immediately exported into a weird, yet blissful nether-region in which it is impossible to be anything other than in a transfixed state. Willner quietly builds and builds layers of atmosphere and detail that never distract or detract from the overall feeling of weightlessness that complements it.

Over Infinite Moment's six tracks and one hour running time, Willner makes small shifts in mood from track to track, without ever really letting up the overall feeling of peace and joy that washes over you. The finale and title track, for instance, is an acceptance of this feeling the music creates inside you, a literal moment spread out seemingly infinitely, that when it suddenly ends is like waking up from a meditative state. (www.kompakt.fm/artists/the_field)

Author rating: 7.5/10

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