Elskavon is the ambient / neo-classical project of Minneapolis composer Chris Bartels. 'Release' is the winter version of a double album, the follow-up to the 2012 debut 'Movements In Season.'
Ambient music has always been able to create opportunities for listeners to interpret emotions in a variety of ways, and any one song can mean something so different from one set of ears to the next. For Chris, inspiration for these songs arrives in a similar fashion. It comes from all sorts of angles - love and friendship, hope and doubt, life and death.
Residents of Minnesota know the drastic difference of the four calendar seasons all too well. Summer in the “land of 10,000 lakes” is overwhelmingly beautiful, while winter is, to say the least, frigid. While certainly bound to be diverse in interpretation, 'Release' was originally inspired by the many Minnesota winters Chris has experienced. It is the first of a double album. A spring version will follow, after a predictably chilled few months.
Whatever the interpretation, whatever the emotions evoked, whatever the meaning perceived, listeners are encouraged to allow Elskavon's Release to become a soundtrack to the freedom of letting go and the beauty of holding on.