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Waves Of Silent Whispers by Lauri-Dag Tr
“Waves Of Silent Whispers” is Lauri-Dag Tüür’s second ambient and IDM album, after “Polar Night Jet” in 2020. The new one landed in my inbox already in June 2022. Though not forgotten, it spent most of the year underneath the ever-increasing pile of unfinished business. Instead of white nights in the summer, the release became a companion for the shortest days of the year. Nevertheless, compelling three tracks, in total clocking at over 43 minutes, by the academically trained musician from Estonia have the substance to age well.

Tüür’s sonic imagery can be called as ‘volatile ambient’ where the compositions express different moods and intensity and refraining from linear approach. In the title track “Waves Of Silent Whispers”, first there is a thin, long line as an expression of utter minimalism. It could be the horizon where calm sea and blue sky come together. Then a moderate breeze emerges, assisted by droning sounds and solo by a lonesome guitar player. After sinking into refreshing waves, a flock of robotic seagulls piloting over the shores of beloved Hiiumaa herald stormier times, where bold bass and flashing synths are showing the way out from the meditative zone.

“Fading Into Bright Green” commences with a birdwatcher theme, with little chirping creatures hording the seaside. Then a complex arrangement of various instruments brings ahead semi-ambient track, suddenly joined by a rock band on tour. As expected, “Deep Dive” goes on underwater sightseeing with kaleidoscopic melodies amplified by organ sounds, for a holy and festive atmosphere. Darker textures arrive when an object arching over the seabed looks like Captain Nemo’s cathedral, being in fact a centuries-old shipwreck, to which a long guitar solo is playing hallelujah.

Lauri-Dag Tüür - Waves Of Silent Whispers

Lauri-Dag Tüür appeared on my previous blog in 2020 with what I believe was his debut album, and he’s gotten better since. This album clocks in at a bit over 40 minutes, and it’s one of the better examples of Kosmische Musik I’ve heard in some time done by a modern composer. The album is spacious and roomy, and takes a leisurely pace winding and unwinding while it travels around the universe, reminding me of artists like the late Klaus Schulze, Robert Rich, and in parts, fellow Estonian Sven Grünberg and his project, Mess.

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Lauri-Dag Tüür is a composer from Estonia, a country whom I have a deep love for and who have given presented two equally fine composers whom I admire (Arvo Pärt and Erkki-Sven Tüür).

 work compares favorably to these legends, as Polar Night Jet reminds me of works by a more freeform Popol Vuh, Paul Schütze or Steve Roach, yet with an aura of a field recording about it. The percussion work is very engaging, so ambient it isn’t – it hooked me about 5 minutes into the release.

According to the composer, the three pieces should be perceived as one symphony. I concur. Everything flows together naturally. One of the best albums I’ve heard in a while.



Appearances could be deceptive. A Bandcamp release with three long tracks of about 45 minutes in total and abstract photo artwork by Hannes Unt, “Polar Night Jet” looks like another journey in the fields of ambient. It’s confirmed by the first tones of the opener “Arcus Cloud”, when gleaming sound crystals are droning at sub-zero temperatures and illuminating the way to textures familiar to fans of the Estonian electronics guru Sven Grünberg. But the calmness is deceptive too, when a flock of distracted ravens abandon their positions to seek cover from fast-approaching whirlwind. Train-like percussion appears with didgeridoo and mouth harp effects, before returning to the placidity of the beginning.

The second tune “Polar Night Jet” arrives in a similarly pensive manner, when a melancholic guitar player is slowly passing an abandoned gas station at Madrugada Eterna. The scenery is distorted with hydraulic rhythms emerging from the ambush, turning the title track into a nasty churn. For a while abruptly barred by a commemorative wall of lost souls, dancing to oblivion resumes in the haze of Frankfurt’s late EBM and trance temple Dorian Gray. The first half of “Metamorphosis” is an experimental challenge with crawling drones, shredded rhythms and voice effects straight from a nightmare factory. The rest commences with a renegade view on symphonic orchestra, an array of instruments exposed to a dark ambient mindset, before the rule of avian wildlife is introduced.

Lauri-Dag Tüür is an Estonian composer and musician, remarkably a graduate in the field of electronic music and composition at the Estonian Academy of Music. He has played guitar in the Estonian groups Loom, Luarvik Luarvik and Melmachas, and performed live since 2010. He has written scores for several films and stage plays. “Polar Night Jet” is his first album and in a way it starts from ‘the beginning’, as the tracks were written about ten years ago. For sure a very promising start with a wealth of expressive sounds.