talvihorros - and it was so (album preview) by Experimedia published on 2013-03-14T15:23:00Z *Excerpts from the album. Now available from Experimedia.net.* Guitars – whether electric, acoustic, distorted, or processed beyond recognition – have long been the hallmark of the Talvihorros sound, particularly on his most well-known release to date, "Descent Into Delta." But with the expansive album "And It Was So," Ben Chatwin, the driving mind behind Talvihorros, seems to be hellbent on making that description obsolete with a multi-faceted approach that embeds percussion, strings, and chiming loops into his brooding drones. He gets help from the Denovali enclave of musicians (Petrels on cello and Field Rotation on violin) that results in songs that take on a post-rock aesthetic, especially the ominous "Creeping Things" and eleven minute opener "Let There Be Light." Everything that made Talvihorros a frequented name on experimental music websites is still here in spades, it's just augmented with keener arrangements and a richer palette. – Ryan Potts, Experimedia Talvihorros is London based composer Ben Chatwin's study of guitar and electronics. Numerous techniques are used to coax a myriad of sounds from both acoustic and electric guitars. Home-made and vintage electronic equipment are used to loop, process and manipulate improvised material into dense and dark sound collages. What started out as a personal challenge to make an album in 7 days grew into something else entirely. Over a year in the making, and expanding his trademark guitar sound with drums, strings, bells, organs and synthesisers, 'And It Was So' features contributions from fellow label mates Field Rotation (violin) and Petrels (cello) along with tour partner Jordan Chatwin (drums/percussion) and long time collaborator Anais Lalange (viola). If last years album 'Descent Into Delta' was reminiscent of plunging into the murky depths, his latest offering 'And It Was So' evokes the expansiveness, dynamicism and density of the cosmos . Attempting to find order in chaos is something Talvihorros has been striving to achieve over the past three albums and he has never balanced these elements so beautifully. Merging the textural noise of Tim Hecker with psychedelic, guitar sound-sculpters such as Barn Owl and Sun Araw.