Vidar K Schanche – Awakening

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Liam Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

The Norwegian guitarist and composer Vidar K. Schanche has put his heart and soul into Awakening, a project that has been years in the making. The result is a sprawling, cinematic album which exists in the space between dream and reality and addresses the longing for what we gain and lose throughout our lives. Along with an impressive roster of Norwegian musicians, including vocalists Dag Sindre Vagle and Eva Haugen Bjerga, violinist Nils Økland and saxophonist Arild Hoem, Vidar presents an album that resists classification and revels in its ability to capture emotion through sound. There are moments of brooding drama such as “Alive”, “Dead to the World” and the ominous “Grey Line 2”, as well as wonderfully contemplative instrumentals such as “Dream 2” and “Dream 3”, both making the most of Hoem’s pensive sax.