andreas brandal

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  • andreas brandal – the thursday curses – sacred phrases

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    Andreas Brandal is a Norway sound designer with more than two decades of texture exploration to his name. Having already issued a number of cassettes, CD-rs and vinyl on celebrated outsider imprints (including but certainly not limited to Smalltown Supersound, Field Hymns, Kendra Steiner Editions, 905 Tapes, and No Kings), Brandal now joins the Sacred Phrases family with ‘The Thursday Curses,’ a five-song suite that underlines the producer’s tonal sleight of hand. Opener “From the Bed To the Fire” dives headfirst into an undulating aural murk that ebbs and flows in waves of digital decay and sweeping beauty. “A Moment Passed And All Was Changed” plays like an avalanche of sustained blips and serrated snow, simultaneously collapsing and building up speed and mass along the way. “A Murmured Name” and “The Thursday Curses” are distant, alluring sheets of warm desolation, culling an air of mystique and a distant presence. Closer “No Symbols Where None Intended” wraps up the tape with calm resolution, providing a fitting space for meditation on preceding emotional arc of ‘The Thursday Curses.’


  • andreas brandal – murmurs and echoes – field hymns

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    Weary, cold, and alone but not dead, we soldier on under the half-light to some place on the horizon, anyplace really, as the sky and ground remain unbroken, seemingly forever. It has been a real pleasure watching Andreas Brandal evolve from his early roots in experimental noise & drone to this current incarnation as a post-indie/post-rock chamber orchestra Hemingway: “Murmurs and Echoes” sounds like a Western set on an ice field at the nadir of winter.

    Andreas Brandal lives in Bergen, Norway.


  • andreas brandal – a switch in time – oxtail recordings

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    C47 // Edition of 50. Hand-numbered, dubbed in real-time


  • andreas brandal – hidden rooms – tranquility tapes

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    Norwegian master of the macabre Andreas Brandal returns with his second release for the label. Hidden Rooms once again showcases Brandal’s outstanding musicianship through nine pieces that are brimming with mystery and cloaked in a dense shroud of darkness, but somehow catchy at the same time. Similar to 2012’s Turning Point, the release could easily be mistaken for the soundtrack from a lost horror film from the 70s or 80s without being stylistically derivative. While nods to the likes of John Carpenter and Goblin are crystal clear, this music is so much more than a simple throwback. Leaning heavily on synths, acoustic guitar, and bass, Brandal’s exceptional compositional skills are on display throughout, and his ability to shift the atmosphere through moments that are full of dread at times, delicate and beautiful at others, and even playful in parts is effective enough to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. The fact that he isn’t getting paid big bucks to soundtrack films seems like a damn shame, but at least we get to enjoy Brandal’s work on tape until Hollywood gets it right and snatches him up. Pro-dubbed and imprinted chrome cassettes, featuring designs by Caroline Teagle. Comes with a free digital download code.