Returning with a new two-side long album and under the moniker of Svarte Greiner, is Norway’s Erik K. Skodvin. “Moss Garden”, Skodvin’s latest release of vivid arrangements, is a well-rounded and personalised soundscape, made up in equal parts of unique musicality and crafted artistry. The two tracks on “Moss Garden” are really worth immersing yourself in.
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It’s always hard to approach a soundtrack to an installation. No, not just because they’re all spooky, abstract or downright dirgey - there’s the problem of the music standing on it’s own two feet without whatever other artistic tomfoolery that someone slapped into the room. It’s perhaps not such a problem as music don’t need no stamp of approval, but in my head at least, you can’t help but imagine what it must have been like in person.
That’s arguably part of the fun though. I like imagining a bunch of baffled connoisseurs slowly walking around a dark room to drone, pretending to glean deeper meaning. Sorry, art. But listening to Svarte Greiner’s Moss Garden is much more a purely musical experience than a lot of the installation soundtracks I’ve heard. Each side is a lengthy track so let's go. Gloomy, subtle strings ensnare ‘The Marble’ as a bass tone wanders around like the aforementioned punters, finding some sorrowful notes and hollow tones. Something clatters in the distance.
‘Garden’ clatters even harder, the first few minutes being a few loud clashes slowly dying away. Gradually, these clashes start to fragment into less unified pieces, before being overshadowed by a simple undulating drone. This low sound rises to what seems like a breathy wavering voice before the final clangs signal the beginning of the end - a slow, funereal melodic suite for strings, bass and noises. Yum.
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