VYÖNI – The Tripoint


Kim-Frode H. Wøhni is a musician, composer and producer in his late forties who just out of nowhere has released his debut album The Tripoint. Googling his name doesn’t reveal very much, so that it seems that he’s been doing things for himself most of the time. The album has though been mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo of White Willow fame, which should give us an indication of what to expect.

The nine songs are instrumental and combining the seventies inspired sounds of progressive rock with the more expansive moods of post rock. Vyöni is playing guitar, bass and keyboards, has added some field recordings here and there, and is also in charge of programming the drums, electric piano, mellotron, wind instruments and strings, although the last two to a lesser extent.

This is a very northern inspired album, with may on the song titles underlining the concept. The main instrument on The Tripoint is the guitar, which therefore is sometimes claiming too much space for itself. The drums are decently programmed, although at times a more organic approach of live drums would have added even more depth.

The songwriting is quite mature. The music may not be overly catchy, but I doubt that that was the intention. Vyöni is at his best when he takes time to build momentum, like on the opener Way Up North, at six and a half minutes the album’s longest track. It takes a whole minute before the actual song even begins, at first rather reservedly. Halfway in, the guitar starts taking over, before the mellotron transforms the song into a wonderful prog / post rock hybrid. The following Steep Mountainside is getting to the point more quickly, showing a more rocking side of the artist. Vyöni’s music is about creating atmospheres, with mellow mellotron carpets enchanting the listener, while the guitar is still the leading instrument on this album.

As debut albums come, The Tripoint is not bad at all, especially considering that it has been created by one musician alone. The production could at times be a little less focused on the guitar, but the overall impression is that of a record that is best listened to in the evening in a comfortable position. Enjoy this sprawling instrumental music, close your eyes, and imagine yourself in Arctic landscapes!

9 songs

45:27 minutes

***** ***

Genre: instr. progressive rock

Label: Loftysound Recordings

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