The Dream Cabinet

by Robert Solheim

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Submerged in all affairs Current by Darren Bergstein, e/i Magazine

Robert Solheim, tapped in to his nom de disque Current, has been quietly releasing quality electronic fare since the late 90s, not that anyone's noticed. Most of his early releases could be found on the always reliable Norwegian Origo Sound label, but he's chosen to release The Dream Cabinet (as well as the previous Undercurrents) on his own. Whether or not this gets him more broadly heard will be difficult to ascertain; regardless, the ambient techno coarsing through the grain of The Dream Cabinet, though hardly groundbreaking, is so engaging and sumptuously crafted you could forgive Solheim for his lack of innovation. Undulating synth pads flutter beneath softly throbbing sequencers and the kinds of "antique" 80s keyboard signatures, beloved of everyone from Gary Numan to Robert Schroeder, bounce and chatter throughout. Exquisitely crafted genre music of a particularly fetching sort, The Dream Cabinet explores willowy ambience and plush velvet rhythms with equal aplomb, the sort of record you might expect little from but which surprisingly rewards endlessly enjoyable dividends.

It should appeal widely to EM and ambient fans by Dene Bebbington

Current is the moniker of musician Robert Solheim. The last time I heard one of his albums was a few years back when the enjoyable Communion was released, so it's good to catch up with what he's doing. This new work called The Dream Cabinet is a kind of concept album based on the idea of a dreaming mind seem from inside and outside.

Without a doubt the best track on the album is the opener “A Cotton Pickers Dream”. The lonely tones of a harmonica set the scene as somewhere in the midwest of America. Warm fat pads complement the harmonica as bassy cantering notes suggest a feeling of movement. A rhythmic tune then springs up with percussion and shimmying refrains like highly processed harmonica passing this way and that across the soundfield. Lots of melody and affecting pads make this a brilliant piece which had me reaching for the repeat button.

Current employs several styles on the album. In “Tin Man” there's a bassy beat coupled with all manner of sounds and rhythm instilling a mechanical feeling. Then in “Searching for Planet Klingklang” we're into a trippy atmosphere of quickly brushing percussion, old sounding synth refrains, and various effects. It's difficult not to want to move your body in time with the music when this piece is playing.

One of the more relaxed tracks is “Meditation”. A repeating sequence reminiscent of a passage on Jarre's Oxygene sets a background for a slow thrumming rhythm and vocally edged space washes. The rhythm then picks up in amplitude but retains an easygoing pace.

So as you can see there's plenty going on in each of the discrete tracks but they're all held together by the theme of dreams. While it gets a tad trippy at times, Current has shyed away from exploring dark and disturbing dreams. Overall The Dream Cabinet is a quality album containing some great tunes that are well crafted sonically and musically. It should appeal widely to EM and ambient fans.

BY Kjetil Saadal

Current makes quiet, butiful music. I heard about him from one radio show host here in Norway in NRK P3. This is music that you can sit down on a Sunday aftenoon(or anytime)and just relax, listing.
Awsome record!!


released January 1, 2006



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Robert Solheim Norway

Producer/composer/dj who has been at the heart of some diverse and exciting collaborative projects over the years, whether it be his dark electronic pop as The Opiates with songstress Billie Ray Martin, his Aquavit project with American composer Michael Snyder or his forthcoming Popkissed endeavor with Norwegian singer Lill-Ann Blauenfeldt.

Electronic musik from the heart.
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