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Biosphere - Departed Glories Album

Biosphere - Departed Glories Album

Performer: Biosphere
Title: Departed Glories
Released: 05 Aug 2016
Cat#: STS281CD
Label: Smalltown Supersound
Country: Norway
Style: Ambient, Experimental
Category: Electronic
Size MP3: 2252 mb
Size FLAC: 1122 mb


1Than Is The Mater4:15
2Free From The Bondage You Are In2:15
3Invariable Cowhandler3:44
4Sweet Dreams Form A Shade5:26
5Behind The Stove1:38
6Fall Asleep For Me5:49
7You Want To See It Too3:52
8Wyll And Purpose7:56
9Out Of The Cradle2:16
10Tomorrow Then We Will Attend2:08
11Good Case And Rest3:17
12With Precious Benefits To Both4:44
13Down On Ropes3:12
14Aura In The Kitchen With The Candlesticks6:05
15Whole Forests Of Them Appearing5:29
16Departed Glories4:52
17With Their Paddles In A Puddle3:04


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
STS281LP, STS281CDBiosphere Departed Glories ‎(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Cle + CD, Album)Smalltown Supersound, Smalltown SupersoundSTS281LP, STS281CDNorway2016
STS281LPBiosphere Departed Glories ‎(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Whi + CD, Album)Smalltown SupersoundSTS281LPNorway2016
STS281LPBiosphere Departed Glories ‎(2xLP, Album + CD, Album)Smalltown SupersoundSTS281LPNorway2016
noneBiosphere Departed Glories ‎(17xFile, MP3, Album, 320)Smalltown SupersoundnoneNorway2016
STS281Biosphere Departed Glories ‎(17xFile, FLAC, Album, 24 )Smalltown SupersoundSTS281Norway2016


  • DesignJacob Grønbech Jensen
  • Mastered ByStefan Betke
  • Photography By [Photo By]Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
  • Written-By, ProducerGeir Jenssen


Released in six-panel Digipak.

The cover photograph by Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii is titled "Armenian Woman in National Costume, Artvin" (1905-1915).

© & ℗ 2016 Smalltown Supersound


  • Barcode (Text): 5 053760 020851
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5053760020851
  • Matrix / Runout: STS281CD AG40212-01
  • Mastering SID Code: ifpi L575
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 9712


  • Published By – Smalltown Supermusic
  • Published By – Sony/ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia
  • Copyright (c) – Smalltown Supersound
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Smalltown Supersound
  • Manufactured By –
  • Made By – Optimal Media GmbH – AG40212



There's an interesting story behind this album, and even behind the cover photo... but that aside, is the music itself any good? I'm sorry to say that this is the weakest point in Biosphere's otherwise exceptional catalogue. Too much air, too little substance.
Well, I've got an unpopular admission to make: I was the guy who didn't like Biosphere's supposedly "seminal" album "Microgravity" back in the day: I found the excessive use of "spacey" vocal samples from the likes of astronaut recordings and self-hypnosis tapes to be a bit contrived off the bat, with the whole effort coming off as a bit cloying with some inappropriate, New Agey sort of piano type sounds (keep in mind I haven't listened to this since probably 1994 so it's not exactly fresh in my head.)

Fast forward almost a quarter of a century and I decided to check up on some of his more recent output, and I'm very glad I did! "Departed Glories" is probably one of the best ambient albums of the decade. It definitely shows a LOT of evolution over the years: this is certainly not the "spaced out vocal sample" sort of ambient you'd expect from the early 90's -- it's more like an evolution of Zoviet France inspired "processed soundscapes" although Biosphere might have beaten ZF at their own game here. Truly an innovative and excellent recording and it is very heartening to see someone not only at it after such a long time but still continuing to one-up themselves in the quality department.
Ferri - My name
A very good ambient recording from Biosphere. Nothing like I've ever heard, at least not while awake.
Not for everyone. But for the ones who likes it, I would suggest in twenty years tlme you'll play and treasure it still.
Missed out on the ltd vinyl editions on this,not sure how that's even possible because I'm on bleep's mailing list?!!
Can't win 'em all I guess!
Best Ambient Album in a while.
Serious Mysticism....the Story behind it (musick for a nun hiding in the woods. ..Short version), sums it up.
This is so good!!!
Get it, no matter which colour, format....

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