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Carbon Based Lifeforms - Twentythree
Carbon Based Lifeforms - Twentythree
Singer: Carbon Based Lifeforms
Album title: Twentythree
Country: France
Released: 2011
Style: Ambient
Rating: 4.6/5
FLAC size: 1521 mb | MP3 size: 1572 mb | WMA size: 1243 mb
Genre: Electronic

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Arecibo 9:21
2 System 7:32
3 Somewhere In Russia 8:36
4 Terpene 5:57
5 Inertia
Voice – Karin My Andersson
6 VLA (Edit) 10:01
7 Kensington Gardens
Voice – Karin My Andersson
8 Held Together By Gravity 8:05

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Ultimae Records
  • Copyright (c) – Ultimae Records
  • Distributed By – www.ultimae.com
  • Distributed By – INgrooves
  • Mastered At – Ultimae Studio


  • Artwork, Mastered By – Vincent Villuis
  • Other [Tracklisting By] – Daniel Segerstad, Johannes Hedberg, Mahiane
  • Photography By – Bob Ford , Carlitos , Erdbeertorte, Gudella, Matto Fredriksson, Neo Edmund, crocodile
  • Written-By, Producer – Daniel Segerstad (tracks: 1 to 5, 7, 8), Johannes Hedberg (tracks: 1, 4 to 8)


Written and produced in Göteborg.
Mastered at Ultimae Studio, France

(P) & (C) 2011 Ultimae Records

Comes in a 6-panel Digipak with a 16-page booklet.
Tracks 4 and 5 are inverted in booklet listing.
Track 3 "Somewhere In Russia" is dedicated to Andriy Klimchuk & BK Family.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 3760180500512
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1287
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LY88
  • Matrix / Runout: CA ALLDUP-11C06177 @@ IFPI LY88 7/9/2011 12:55:05 AM 0000734460

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
LFTFLD09 Carbon Based Lifeforms Twentythree ‎(8xFile, WAV, Album) Leftfield Records LFTFLD09 Sweden 2011
LFTFLD09 Carbon Based Lifeforms Twentythree ‎(8xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, 24b) Leftfield Records LFTFLD09 Sweden 2015
inre047 Carbon Based Lifeforms Twentythree ‎(8xFile, FLAC, Album) Ultimae Records inre047 France 2011

Comments (26)
Vinyl out today! Three variants, a splatter, clear, or black.https://www.blood-music.com/store-us/carbon/955-carbon-based-lifeforms-twentythree-2xlp.html
To be honest, this album doesn't grip me as much as their other albums. Maybe I just need to listen to it more. Having said that though, I've always been a fan of ambient music.
I understand why you feel that way. This is more of a drone-y album whereas the earlier records were mere psybient releases.
Really eagerly awaiting a reissue from Blood Music. Do Ultimae still own the rights to this or something?
Vinyl out today! Three variants, a splatter, clear, or black.https://www.blood-music.com/store-us/carbon/955-carbon-based-lifeforms-twentythree-2xlp.html
Out in October according to Blood Music! https://twitter.com/BlooodMusic/status/1029367562507886592Can't wait to get this...
I asked CBL about this and they plan on releasing it on vinyl next year! Hyyype!
Somewhere in Russia is a beautiful track.
Beatless space-ambient release, it is quite excellent and a welcomed departure from the usual duo style.
I absolutely love this album! It's different than other stuff they've put out there, but you can clearly feel the CBL vibe ! Ambient + CBL ... can it really get any better? I dont think so! I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this album, probably my favorite of them all.More stuff like this please! 5/5
When the CBL duo opened their secret acid stash back in 2009, they found out that some interlopers already got in there and cleared it, probably their well-meaning wives. So their music had to change and the next album reflected that event in its name and the acid-free and down-to-earth mood. In this album it looks like the pair of musicians switched to valium or morphine. Frankly, I'm not sure how this album sounds like, I listen to it on minimal volume for recreational meditation. Together with the subsequent VLA it gives full two hours. So it is safe to say, that this album has a permanent place on my mp3 player.
The more I listen the more I love this album, even though after my first listen I got honestly a bit scared that I wouldn't like it as much as the previous albums.Another proof that some of the best compositions do take time and effort in order to be appreciated at their true value!"Somewhere in Russia" is the track that takes me the furthest away even though I remain firmly seated on my chair :D
excellent and inenarrable floating ambient music
one of the aim of good music is taking you from where you are to another dimension by thoughts and inspirations..and this album does this so goodgreat album 5/5
I can't really understand those who rated this album with 1/5 or 2/5. wth? Are they Tiesto fans or they just hate beatless or even ambient music? Anyways... I'm glad that CBL didn't continue to produce the same music album after album. I was pretty sure that they are the future of ambient and the best Ultimae's scheme. This album is the vindication of that and of course is an absolute masterpiece. It reminds me a lot of Biosphere's gem "Substrata", and some early Aphex Twin's and Autechre's works (Kalpol Introl, Vletrmx21). For those who know what it means to place someone between these names (Biosphere, Ae, AFX), there's no need to say more. And i won't. (5/5)
Scoreboard Bleeding
A massive, majestic ambient space album proving CBL are masters of their craft. "Terpene" is an instant classic. Can't understand any disappointments over this one, they really nailed it.5/5
I agree "Terpene" is a good track but for me it was the only good track on this album. Sadly, the rest of it was a huge disappointment for me especially the track "Kensington Gardens".
I agree. Very inspirational and very moving.
Legend 33
I say well done everybody ' music like this inspires me too write ' thanks for the magic yet again -ambi :)
It's understandable that not all Carbon Based Lifeforms fans will be attracted to this release, as their departure from their familiar 'acid-downtempo laced with ambiance' sound meant they had to tread unfamiliar ground.If you're expecting a similar experience to their previous albums, you will be dissapointed, but you will discover that their genius is not only limited to one style. Delicate floating ambient to lull the mind.Those who are more accustomed to beatless ambient will probably have an easier time enjoying this album than most. It certainly may not appeal to those who have never listened to this style of ambient before, which is fair enough, but don't be afraid to broaden your musical tastes by listening to this delightful album.
4 STAR !No ! Interloper was very better than this ! I think the best album that released by ULTIMAE RECORDS is 360 (By ASURA) ! And this album by CBL is very nice but not perfect , Honestly a bit boring maybe ! Finally this release is very good but not perfect !
I have something of a suspicion that Carbon Based Lifeforms could release *anything* and it would garner rave reviews. I keep listening to their albums, hoping they'll recapture some of the magic that made "Hydroponic Garden" amazing. But so far, they haven't released anything since then that I've considered to be anything close to that level. This album is better than Interloper, which I thought was a poor album, since many of the original tracks sounded more like remixes of their earlier work than original tracks. There's a touch of that here - if you listen you'll hear the same majestic sweep that original came from Epicenter part 1 that we've been hearing ever since - and ultimately this is the problem. CBL keeps releasing tracks that mostly all sound tracks they've already done and which don't stand out. The only track on this album I have a firm memory of listening to is the second track, "System." it is quite beautiful. The rest is more suited to background music. If you're a fan of the kind of minimal, abstracted (and rather repetitive in my view) dub techno releases that regularly enjoy near perfect scores on discogs, then you will enjoy this album unquestionably. if you're looking for something a little different from that, or something that shows CBL has grown at all, you may be disappointed.
World of Sleepers is as good throughout if not better than Hydroponic Garden, it starts off with 3 of some of their all time top tracks, abiogenesis, vortex, and photosynthesis. Alas, everyone will have differing opinions, but I think you are being a little too hard on CBL. Especially with a 3/5.
No disappointment here. CBL delivered and big time with this ambient-only masterpiece. I haven't enjoyed (or even found) an ambient-only album this good since Mystery of the Yeti (altho, obviously this is a lot less psychedelic). The mood is same as CBL always does, same sounds a-midst the many, with some very soft beats - if any. Some (or many) parts r there merely for atmosphere's sake, which I love. My only gripe with the album is that it's not a continuous-mix, or doesn't even seem to correspond between the tracks (like Interloper). Otherwise - excellent.