Andreas Brandal – Murmurs and Echoes
Naturalistic in tone, Andreas Brandal amplifies the sounds that surround on “Murmurs and Echoes”. The pieces radiate with low-key energy. Elements of the songs come together effortlessly as if they were always there. A sense of permanence defines the pieces. Clever arrangements bring together parts of Post-Rock, drone, ambience, field recordings and found sound. Resulting from these interesting experiments are songs that teem with life. Sprawling out into the sunset these are songs that explore concepts of decay.
Starting off with a static sample “Restoring Darkness” opens the album off on a heavy lonesome note. More hopeful in tone is “The Factories Divine” whose tactile percussion works wonders giving the song an approachable feeling to it. Both expansive and expressive is the creaking movement of “Within Ashes And Fire” whose slow deliberate work rewards patience with glimmering looks at entirely new lands. Strangely poppy is the sunlit work of “The Day Erased” by far the highlight of the album. Ending things on a tender note is the carefree guitar and keyboard work which weave together to create a calm stream of sound.
Built into the structure of Andreas Brandal’s “Murmurs and Echoes” is a dramatic sensibility, the Spaghetti Western sparseness. This is what gives the album its tremendous power. For giving the songs room to roam the songs are able to take on a greater variety of colors.