Daniel & Mikael Tjernberg
Flight Of The Raven
I have here an example of experimental Viking neo-folk, which I found to be quite interesting. After a slight introduction, we are introduced to “The Fires Of Muspelheim” which you’ll have to excuse me for this – but it sounds as if it would fit in a strategy game based on Nordic lore or perhaps even Viking history. Loud trumpets merge with smooth synths and eventual drums to bring what feels like a battle-charged anthem for a game that I haven’t played yet. A guitar worms its way in, to later offer up some solos towards the end; which would again work well for the main anthem to this software product. That doesn’t exist, mind you – but should. Things change quite a bit when “Thundergod” comes into play as smooth jazz duets with harsh vocals and even some tribal harmonies to make what comes off decidedly tropical. If you’ve ever thought about hailing Thor while riding a wave, then this one’s for you. I have to say, I’ve never heard anything like this before and I’m quite pleased with it. This is the kind of Viking metal that Varg would have made if his drug of choice happened to be THC with a side of DMT. Actually, that reminds me of Jason Louv’s experience with DMT as explained in a podcast with Duncan Trussel. The man claims that he was able to have an orgasm through intercourse while on DMT, which is quite unbelievable as the substance literally takes you out-of-body – you no longer feel your body. It’s essentially the same chemical that we excrete upon death and would be comparable to “the big death” as opposed to the “little death” that the French consider to be the common human orgasm. So piling the “big death” on top of the “little death” has to be worthy of causing glitches if in fact, we are inside of a simulation. Don’t try this at home, folks.
As for the longest cut, which is also the title track; it removes us from the trippy nature of the previous DMT filled experience and brings us into a subtler, piano driven moment. As the piece continues, it starts to resemble a very sensual tone, like what might be played in the background of one of those softcore porn films. That doesn’t mean it’s cheesy, as it’s rather quite the jam. Maybe you’re supposed to get high before you listen to this disc? In any case, our last observation here involves “Ginnungagap” which while won’t be as great as the Therion track by the same name, certainly closes a rather unique experience with an unexpectedly melancholy number. I can’t say that I’m all too fond of it, but it may sound great in a visual novel. It would set the atmosphere for quite a few of them. After the final note is played, that’s literally all he wrote. As in, there’s no more music there. Aside from my jokes, I hope that you’ll check out this interesting mix of different emotions and most certainly “Thundergod” which stuck out to me the most. That’s quite a chilled out track, man. If any of this appeals to you, the record is available at the link below. Just make sure that you imbue a certain psychoactive substance before listening. Might make for a better experience, you may even be able to see worlds in the music itself. And drugs are bad, by the way.
(4 Tracks, 22:00)
Purchase HERE (Bandcamp)