Archive for avantgarde

Trapdoor Crucifix Pre-order

Posted in News, Sounds with tags , , , on April 28, 2023 by andreasbrandal

My new album “Trapdoor Crucifix” is up for pre-order now at Lighten Up Sounds.

Huge thanks to Matthew Himes for all the collaborations and great work through the years. It feels good to be back on Lighten Up Sounds!

The label says:

Visions from the wastelands.

Andreas Brandal is a longtime legend of the underground cassette kingdom, and he’s been prolific, creating an expansive catalog of solo and collaborative music on the tape format since 1994, spread across a wealth of small independent labels and publishing houses. This label’s first connection with Brandal dates back over 11 years ago with the album “Autumn Drama”, released by Lighten Up Sounds in 2012.

“Trapdoor Crucifix” grinds rhythms into dry, powdery dust, a destructive force shifting through claustrophobic tempo and structure. The compositions travel between blistered drone and broken texture, with flashes of sharp gloom cutting across a bleak, cinematic field. The artist’s refined but extreme sensibilities are showcased, organizing a frightening landscape of fractured emotions. Pulsing oscillations swell over clanking tool-shed rhythm and a mass of bubbling static – we each inevitably dissolve into oblivion.

It’s fascinating how after following the career of an artist for many years, one can clearly hear a distinct voice in the smallest of details. One grows to recognize the textures and palette, and eventually the listener can hear a particular tone of rusty clank, twisted just so, and think “Ahh, there it is, that keen Brandal sound.” The work follows the artist’s clear trajectory, challenging the listener’s expectations while connecting to the artist’s impressive history, and forging exciting new paths forward into a frightening future.

A grim transmission of otherworldly knowledge.

Listen and pre-order HERE.

Evolutionary Context

Posted in News, Sounds, Video with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2022 by andreasbrandal

Another track from the “False Light Authority” EP, available HERE.

False Light Authority OUT NOW!

Posted in News, Sounds with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2022 by andreasbrandal

Five tracks of glitchy/ambient/drone that I started work on around the same sessions that turned into the “Not A Triangle” album (released on Flophouse in May 2022). Synths, various manipulated acoustic intruments, field recordings, VHS tape, minidisc and cassette loops.

Andreas Brandal – False Light Authority

  1. Astral Mirrors of Delusion (3:25)
  2. Evolutionary Context (3:10)
  3. False Light Authority (4:00)
  4. The Karmic Return of Mental Bondage (3:29)
  5. Collective Thoughtforms of Fallen Angelics (4:57)

Recorded at The Station, Bergen in 2021 and 2022.

You’ll find it HERE.

“Not A Triangle” review!

Posted in News, Reviews, Sounds with tags , , , , , on July 17, 2022 by andreasbrandal

“Not A Triangle” (released on Flophouse earlier this year) gets a great review from Lost In A Sea Of Sound:

“…Not A Triangle defies easy description. Eight tracks so rich with timbre and consideration, listening is like hearing a three dimensional laser scan. Thoughts move around these sonic peaks and valleys, becoming wise to the clarity and depth the smallest tones holds. Andreas Brandal has perfected the mysteriously beautiful. Harmonies resting on the other side, so close their breath warms the consciousness. When we loose this connection, Not A Triangle becomes distant and alien. But with each listen, the congruity grows more sturdy.”

Many thanks for the kind words!

Read the full review HERE.

Check out the album HERE.

“1995” out now!

Posted in News, Sounds, Video with tags , , , , , on July 17, 2022 by andreasbrandal

My new album “1995” is out now on Dinzu Artefacts.

Check out the album HERE.