Well, it's been a while since we had a Hrefnesholt item on this Blog, so how fitting that we find here the original demo from 2001 of "Hrefnesvinter". I've been listening to both the original tape version and the re-mastered track, so comments that follow apply to both versions. It must be said that the 2005 version is definitely the superior in sound quality terms, and has been expanded beyond the original in most beneficial ways. Past readers will know that I do enjoy it when Alex revisits older material and gives them a contemporary 'lift' and this particular track is no exception to that rule!
Happily this is still pretty available online - type the album name into Google and you'll come across a number of distros advertising both the tape and CD versions and for piffling sums, perhaps $3 or €4 for the tape - so well worth doing a bit of shopping to avail yourself of this little gem.
"It is almost impossible to describe this, this project created by Hugin of Hrossharsgrani and Uruk Hai is very similar to that he makes in Hross'... music based on epic fantasies, using samples of movies, of battles, and ... sounds and atmospheres that recreate in your mind those visions of dead and fantastic worlds, a trip toward the magic side of the old Europe, indescribable but interesting!!!"
And there, in a nutshell, you have the essence of this ambient experience. Heavily dominated by synthesisers and keyboards, some effective wind and rain sampled interludes, the odd burst of energetic female vocals, and a genuine trip for your imagination. Again, and I've said it before, you can't really expect to listen to this sort of music and have it do all the work for you in terms of giving you a catchy chorus or a riff you can hum on the way to work, and I'm certainly not going to try and describe the entirety of the piece to you here. Folks, it's music to stimulate your own imagination, to leave you to finish the canvass that the piece starts for you. Lazy listeners need not apply....!