There is no let up for artist, musician, and songwriter Gøran Karlsvik who dons the mask of CONTRARIAN for third outing ‘Nocturnalian’. Released via the indie imprint Sect Appeal Records, ‘Nocturnalian’ makes connections with, and continues the work left by mammoth debut ‘Hit Singles 2018-19’ and follow-up ‘Anomaly Lounge’. Entering a tunnel that is filled with bright and colourful electronics is where the listener will find her/himself during opening portal ‘Cartoons For Dystopians’; a slowly emerging blend of cheerful-sounding rays of electronica, sparking and fusing with snippets of 80s/90s computer games and soundbite impressions lifted directly from the factory floor. It provides the impression of a long and arduous road littered with confusion and one this Mario Super enters with nothing but his own mind for company. It opens the door to late-night operations and where sleep is minimal. ‘Basement Dweller’ does its best to provide such meaning, and in direct contrast to the brighter sounds of the album’s opening track, with its clouded and constricted electronic sounds clicking and chiming in repeated fashion. It is the sound of contemplation once more and one that eventually manages to find an exit via ‘Hades Operating System’. Despite connections linking these two tracks to the bottommost level, ‘Hades Operating System’ is the springboard to a different route from its controlling station, with breathing apparatus applied before its electronic ascent. It drops a massive hint to filmmakers looking for an appropriate track for their film score, and one instantly supported by the interplanetary ‘Game Over V.2’; a track of considerable depth and filled with rich textures and appropriately so given the colossus journey ahead. The contemplation continues for the rest of the duration of the album and with interesting outcomes from cheerier-than-it- sounds ‘Want A Happy Ending With That?’ given its colourful notes blossoming, before ending in a far grounded sound congested by overlapping chatter and muffled beats of ‘Busy Signal At The Self-Help Hotline’. Latest, ‘Nocturnalian’ is a detailed account of sleep deprivation where thought processes are at once blurred as they are clear. Contrarian achieves all of this by successfully fusing ideas and sounds to provide a picture of a soul working through various emotions with electronic equipment the best source of communication.