After quickly becoming something of an underground phenomenon through word of mouth, the project was signed to then EMI/Capitol subsidiary Neurodisc Records and released a string of three Top 10 Billboard charting albums in the US. Amethystium is his solo mission. The name is not as memorable as Tangerine Dream or Deep Forest, yet musically, Amethystium shares common ground with both acts. Ramfjord's mix of electronics, pop-dance rhythms, and some requisite sonic oddities (subdued Middle Eastern vocals, Gregorian chant, random dollops of native flutes) yields solid results, offering sufficient style and mystery to merit repeated play on an out-there, candlelit night.
Amethystium could be described as a subtler Delerium, a less self-conscious Enigma, or a second cousin to Mythos. Ramfjord favors a lighter, spacier vibe than most of the aforementioned acts, though. And at his best (on sparkling/pulsing tracks such as "Calantha," "Odyssey," and "Arcane Voices"), he sends an intriguing helix of melody lines on a slow swirl through inviting atmospheric fields. Pedestrian rhythms diminish some tracks, but Odonata remains a promising debut.
--Terry Wood Øystein Ramfjord's music career started when he let millions of people around the world download mp3s from the first Amethystium album for free on the huge www.mp3.com site. He was only 18 when the world heard his music. After a short time he was one of the most popular artists on mp3.com and got millions of fans in the world and many of them wanted to buy the music on CD albums. Discography: 2008 - Isabliss 2006 - Emblem (Selected Pieces) 2004 - Evermind 2003 - Aphelion 2001 - Odonata 2000 - Demos Homepage: www.amethystium.com MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/amethystium Interviews: 2006 - http://www.ephemerid.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/html/interviewamethystium.htm 2005 - http://www.sonicimmersion.org/interview.php?letter=A&interview=90349 (tested march 2011) 2004 - http://www.zonemusic.biz/home/interview.asp?intrvw=11&intrvwpstn=4 and http://www.ephemerid.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/html/interviews3.htm#ameth Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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