Mellem Sjael og Legeme ("Between the Soul and Body") is the newest piece of work under the already deceased project Vornoff, crafted by the man who's also behind Sagntid and Picture Ann. Whereas Vornoff's 2002 Recordings featured already dated material, this EP features three newly revisited tracks, along with a bonus song dating back to 2001.
The presented tunes are dark but mellow. The first two songs rely on an acoustic guitar plucking catchy, simple and pleasing melodies that repeat peacefully for the songs' most part. The guitar is backed by some calm and basic but rather good-sounding synth ambience and an occasional melody, along with a few harsher sounds and notes popping up here and there to give the songs more character and depth. The third song takes these harsher sounds into full use as the track features no guitar, instead relying on a soothing synth-melody that's surrounded by industrial abrasion and deep ambience. As this song clearly brings out, the songs are really well recorded and mixed and have a fair amount of depth despite their seeming minimalism and simplisticity.
The fourth song, the bonus tune from 2001, clearly displays how much the artist has evolved since then. A melancholic piano synth-melody drives the song forward, while some rather plastic-sounding synth ambience and equally lifeless cellos keep it company through its length. The composition is adequate, but its sound is really shallow and lifeless in comparison to the three newer song. It's an ok outro for the EP, but that's all.
If you want to enjoy some calm and mellow autumnal atmospheres, you'd be in good hands with this CD-R. It's a short piece, granted, but the songs have enough depth, variation and plain atmosphere to keep 'em worth listening to for a longer while. I think the compositions could've been extended to be longer and more daring pieces, or at least I felt that the artist played it too safe with them. The songs are clearly enjoyable atmospherically, but could've been taken further musically.
A good, but brief soundtrack for your autumnal melancholy.