Norwegian producer Helge Sten’s quasi-industrial ambient music as Deathprod is the sound of how you might imagine a dark street at night: spacious, seductive, threatening, still. What sets Compositions apart from his other albums isn’t just its relative gentleness, but its scale: no tracks over four minutes, some as short as one. The effect shifts the emphasis from the presence of sound—older Deathprod tracks routinely ran eight, nine, and 10 minutes—to the absence of it, pulling you toward a center that never materializes and feeding you dissonance with a touch so light that it starts to sound almost sweet (“Composition 4,” “Composition 11”). Unsettling, yes—and he does it better than most.

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