Hidden Rooms

by Andreas Brandal

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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.

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released 11 March 2014

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