"Main Effects" is a reinterpretation, a reconstruction of my previous album "Side Effects". I began working originally on the latter with the intention of making a more rhythm driven album with neo-classical and ambient overtones. Shortly after starting, a sudden dramatic life event made me drop it for a while , and when I went back to it, the process took another direction. The sound of it became more bare, darker, almost completely devoid of any rythm except for two tracks.
After releasing two ambient albums under my pseudonym Moonlooker, I started thinking of a new, more rhythmic album as Axel Zaren. While listening to "Side Effects" , I wondered what it would have sounded like if everything went as originally planned. It's something I will never know. The only thing I can do is put myself in an imaginary place and time where the album would have followed its original course.
The result is "Main Effects".