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BYE, MATTI

THIS FORGOTTEN LAND (TONA SERENAD)

BYE, MATTI - THIS FORGOTTEN LAND 118470
Format:
1 LP
Release:
17.11.2017
Label:
TONA SERENAD
Genre:
Soundtracks
Kat.-Nr.:
118470
Barcode:
7320470221037
Bye has been best known as one of Sweden's most sought-after film composers, working on scores not only for contemporary but also vintage silent movies.

In 2014 he received two of the three nominations for Best Original Music Award at Sweden's Guldbaggen.

He's recorded a number of solo works, too, not least 2010's Drömt and 2013's Bethanien.

This Forgotten Land , produced by Joel Danell offers a deeply atmospheric experience, steeped in nostalgia and yet thrillingly contemporary.

Opener "Melt" indicates what's to come, with its muffled tones and subdued sense of foreboding.

At other times - such on "Underneath The Silence" - one can hear the influence of Debussy.

On "Absence", the creaking of Bye's keyboard pedals is intrinsic to the atmosphere of his rippling melody, while "Into The Haze" and "Cascading Sun" and "Empty Streets / Piano Street" reveal his affection for circus music and other archaic styles.

Incongruous sounds audible in the background are essential to his compositions. When he was 20, Stockholm's celebrated Cinematheque contacted Bye about playing music for silent films.

"Silent film music was like a blank spot on the music map, but I recognised the freedom I'd have as a musician, and the force of the poetry in these forgotten images." As his reputation spread, Bye recognised that he'd stumbled on a singularly romantic style.

"I started out as a piano improviser," he says, "and suddenly I realised that I'm a composer." This Forgotten Land looks set to expand Bye's reach.

Peculiarly otherworldly, serenely haunting, and utterly unforgettable, its melodies linger long after its conclusion, their atmosphere a magical mist.

Out of time, but just in time, it confirms Matti Bye as a vital composer of visionary, cinematic scope.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. MELT
  • 1.2. ABSENCE
  • 1.3. OF DAWN
  • 1.4. SILENCE
  • 1.5. INTO THE HAZE
  • 1.6. GALLOPING WAVES
  • 1.7. LONELINESS OF EARTH
  • 1.8. PIANO STREET
  • 1.9. CASCADING SUN
  • 1.10. FOREST IN THE SEA
  • 1.11. TEO