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About Legacy


1   The Tunnel

2   On Track

3   Accelerant **

4   The Hour Appointed *

5   Septimal Laws **

6   Fields of Neptune

7   The Outer Shell

8   Gravity Core

9   Inner Guidance

10   Closing In *

11   * Bonus track (not on vinyl version)

12   ** Track extended for digital & CD versions

• Available as Limited Edition Color Vinyl LP
• Extended edition available on CD & all download formats
• Vinyl LP gets immediate download of extended edition

Between Interval’s long-awaited fifth studio album, LEGACY, is an exploration into the vast unknown. The meticulously crafted tracks offer sonic glimpses at the wonders of the universe through excursions into electronica, spacemusic, Berlin school, and elements of dub techno; all presented with the instantly recognizable sound palette that makes each Between Interval album so special.

The synth sequences and arpeggiations featured throughout the album give movement to deep ambient soundscapes, while atmospheric textures support nuanced melodies, and electro-spacial events weave their way through subharmonic bass pulses, all of which create mysterious worlds of sound that await discovery.

The album’s breathtaking artwork, by acclaimed visual artist Michal Karcz, reinforces the mysterious nature of the music without revealing too much. Stefan Strand, the creative force behind Between Interval, explains, “I always want the listeners to make up their own stories and pictures while listening to my music. Hence I really don’t want to explain my own thoughts in too much detail, since I don’t want to limit or ‘lock in’ the musical experience in a particular direction. The more imagination spurred from my music, the better. That being said, for me this album is really a journey. Whether it’s an inner spiritual journey, a journey through space or to various mysterious locations on our earth, it doesn’t really matter – it’s up to the listener to decide.”

Regardless of the details filled in by the listener’s imagination, the overarching theme of LEGACY is one of exploration; discovering what lies beyond the next horizon or boundary, facing the next challenge. The human desire to push farther and keep exploring is the legacy of mankind, and whether reaching for the stars, or diving ever inward, it resides deep within each individual, propelling the voyage through a space called home.


Any ambient electronica aficionado who wasn’t asleep during the last thirteen years, certainly heard of Stefan Strand’s Between Interval project at some point. The Swedish musician, producer and composer has released tracks on compilations by the prestigious Ultimae imprint, and including his latest effort, Legacy, five successful albums on the excellent long-lasting Spotted Peccary imprint.

Legacy comes after eight years of silence and marks a highlight point in Between Interval’s career. Years of experience and a lot of hard work have culminated with what feels like his best work to date. He is known for his spacey sound but Legacy takes things to a deeper level in terms of musicality and sound design. The movement of the compositions feels so effortless and natural. Legacy does not reinvent the genre, but certainly refreshes it in a spellbinding manner. Space music is at the peak of its comeback these days; so many artists try to capture and revive that timeless magic from the seventies but end up with recycled boring outcomes. Legacy is the real thing within genre districts full of recycling. It manages to capture and revive that timeless magic from the seventies in an original enticing way. Elements of Berlin school, drone and electronica float elegantly together and occasionally flirt seductively with dub techno flavors.

This is space music in its finest form. Lush, liquid, and entirely ethereal. Ten tracks of intoxicating propulsive circular beauty. Let’s hope we won’t have to wait eight more years for the next Between Interval gem.

- Gad, Igloo Magazine

Sweden's Between Interval, the project name of electronic music composer Stefan Strand has been working in electronic music since 1996 and has five albums going back to 2004, four of the on the Spotted Peccary label. His last release was all the way back in 2009 ('The Edge of a Fairy Tale'), so Between Interval fans have had a long wait for 'Legacy.' I haven'[t heard any of Between Interval's prior efforts, but the promo sheet says that he's influenced by Jean Michel Jarre, Robert Rich, Aphex Twin and Pink Floyd, so there is a certain expectation, for me at least. While the album's concept is not nearly as exacting as S. K. Johansen's 'Secret Space Program,' it certainly is a spacier affair. This artist seems to prefer a more impressionistic approach, which is fine in music like this. Once you get too definite, there are certain expectations that are disappointing when not met, and tend to dichotomize the artist's concept from the listener's experience. None of that here. This is space music, pure and simple. Damn fine space music too. Between Interval never gets too specific with melody, and lets the sublimity of the atmosphere carry you away. Right from the opening track ("Tunnel") the music seems other-worldly. There is motion well-integrated with the cosmic ambience, with a purposeful sequenced percussion track that gently propels the listener onward. The journey continues in the nearly hypnotic "On Track" with just enough simple thematic content that doesn't overwhelm. (This makes for wonderful driving music, by the way.) Maybe your energy is waning. Maybe you need an "Accelerant" to give you a boost. It takes a little time to come on, but when it does, it recalls the impetus of Tangerine Dream and Michael Hoenig sequencers. Plenty of nature field recordings herald in "The Hour Appointed," but also with bellish tones and an ominous dark and low ambient pad that adds contrast to what otherwise might have been a sunny day. The technoir of "Septimal Laws" makes for pure space ambient delight, and the cosmic awesomeness of "Fields of Neptune" holds its own with the best of 70's electronic space music. Old school at its finest. By the time you get to "The Outer Shell," you're in floating deep space and time seems to have little meaning anymore. However, every flight must eventually return to terra and the trancey return with "Gravity Core" makes for a smooth landing. "Inner Guidance" is perhaps the most enigmatic track on 'Legacy,' with electronically manipulated voices, methodically placed bass accents, and a Blade Runneresque ambience. While "Closing In" isn't much more than a minute of noise sweeps, it's an effective way to end the trip. What I really like about Between Interval's compositions is that they never go overboard with sounds (nearly minimalistic at times) and allow the music a lot of breathing space, yet still sound huge. In electro-ambient space music, that's a big plus. Also available in limited edition vinyl.

- Steve Mecca, Chain D.L.K.

Ill-advisedly played at low volume as one's engaged in some other, non-musical activity, Stefan Strand's fifth Between Interval album might not sound all that different from other ambient-electronic collections. But with competing distractions removed and one's attention wholly focused, one's appreciation for Legacy's sophisticated sound design grows appreciably. One reason why one might underappreciate Between Interval's music is because of its understatement; Strand always exercises tasteful restraint in his refined productions, and as the fifty-one-minute Legacy progresses, the Swedish composer's kinship with tastemakers such as Loscil, Biosphere, and Arovane becomes apparent; as with their recordings, every element in Between Interval's music has purpose. (Strand himself has said of his music, “I wouldn't call it minimalistic, but instead of giving away too much in terms of melodies I aim to incorporate subtle and implicit changes.”)

Michal Karcz's striking cover painting and Strand's suggestive track titles are consistent with his statement that the album represents a journey and that its theme primarily has to do with exploration, whether that be a physical one through the cosmos (as intimated by “Fields of Neptune”) or a spiritual one involving the psyche (“Inner Guidance”). Note that Spotted Peccary has made a limited edition colour vinyl version of the release available, though the LP omits two tracks included in the CD and download formats (“The Hour Appointed” and “Closing In”); further to that, two vinyl tracks are a tad shorter than their digital and CD counterparts.

The nuance of Strand's sound design is evident the moment “The Tunnel” initiates the recording with ominous bass pulses, silken atmospheres, and metallic textures, after which the elegant melodicism and gentle rhythmic thrust of “On Track” illustrate how inaccurate it would be to brand his material wallpaper music, no matter how legitimate such a move might be in the case of some ambient producers. One also shouldn't be surprised when echoes of influential forebears such as Pete Namlook, Robert Rich, Tangerine Dream, Steve Roach, and The Future Sound of London occasionally surface; one could be forgiven, for example, for hearing a bit of Tangerine Dream in the whooshes and synth sequences that surface during “Fields of Neptune.” Impeccably crafted, Legacy deftly segues between related ambient sub-genres, among them electronica, spacemusic, soundscaping, and even dub-techno.
Indicative of Strand's restrained approach, acoustic piano playing emerges as an element within the pulsating synthetic landscape of “Accelerant” but used so minimally and woven so subtly into the overall design that a less attentive listener could miss it altogether. The stark “Gravity Core” captivates also, despite featuring little more than a dubby synth pulse and string accents. In addition, field recordings amplify the atmospheric character of “The Hour Appointed” by deepening its mystery with waves gently lapping ashore and bells tolling, but for the most part Strand conjures his powerfully evocative realms—inner and outer—using primarily electronic means.

- Ron Schepper, Textura

It's with patience that we discover beautiful jewels. Some very beautiful music! As this last album of Between Interval which took a long time to come after the attractive and enigmatic The Edge of a Fairytale released in 2009. And to fill this wait, let's say that Stefan Strand returns in a very great shape after a silence of very close to 8 years from the radar music. And his comeback sounds very pleasant, even if I needed at least 5 good listening before falling under its charms.

Rather furtive bass pulsations are piercing an opaque wall of cerulean droning. Percussive effects get in at the same time that a line of sequences loosens an oscillating stroboscopic approach. These combined elements forge one dense rhythmic skeleton among which the knocks and the ill-assorted jingles smother the rather organic tone of the sequences. This motionless rhythm of "The Tunnel" progresses without ever overflowing in an impermeable atmosphere sewn by a shower of synth lines which shapes a sound panorama as charming as intriguing. Dusts and mists of "The Tunnel" are absorbed by the splendid "On Track" and its charmingly lascivious structure of rhythm which skips between a delicate drumming of sequences and percussive jingles. A very evasive melody lies down there, spreading its melancholy in a sound texture where the style Dub and Ambient House looks for a hidden recess in order to explode. The approach remains however taciturn and quietly the listener goes adrift towards "Accelerant" and its oscillating swell which spins in a tubular corridor. Scattered keyboard chords trace a melody dreamy and nostalgic, like in "On Track", but more in an ambient ethereal mode. They and weave a delicious contrast between its structure of rhythm. These melodic pearls fall like sonic tears throughout the soundscapes of “Legacy”, as in the very ambient and meditative "The Hour Appointed" of which the multiple percussive effects and the reverberations draw a gloomy vibe. "Septimal Laws", just like the superb "Gravity Core", brings us to the level of the snoring ambient and minimalist rhythms of Plastikman in the time of his Consumed. Two simply delicious titles of Techno ambient!
"Fields of Neptune" gets between our ears with good electronic effects and an immense sonic waves which metamorphose into a heavy awning compacted of sibylline songs of steel. A very Berlin School sequence signs an unstable rhythmic which circulates like a vertical auger in an encircling veil of a very striking sonic blue. Now, each title is linked in “Legacy”, giving a mix of styles rather difficult to buy from the first listening. Like this very ambient and restful "The Outer Shell" which nests between two opposites in a delicious cosmic mood. Stefan Strand slides these effects of percussions and piles the synth layers which have so many colors as elements of distant voices, giving so many reliefs to the landscapes of “Legacy”. "Gravity Core" is simply great in its suit of Richie Hawtin. Its snoring sequences resound up to the frontiers of "Inner Guidance", another rather Berlin School title in the vein of "Fields of Neptune" but with a more glaucous decoration in particular because of the resonances effects and the bass pulsations. Slowly this limping rhythm melts in a decoration of ambiences and murmurs to join the furrows of the winds of a space shuttle which derives in a cosmos where lie sonic hoops and their radiances which crumble off in the black.

I have to admit that I needed a very attentive listening before appreciating this last opus of Between Interval. Nevertheless, everything is beautiful and rather lyrical! I imagine that the avalanche of styles, which melt themselves in panoramas sometimes cosmic and sometimes earthly, can leave the fans of a kind or the other one on their appetites. As I, with the effects Plastikman. But in the course of listening, we discover a surprising album which I appreciate even more in every new listening. I hope now not to have to wait another 8 years for a suite to “Legacy”…

- Sylvain Lupari, Synth & Sequences

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