Do writers listen to music when they write? The answer from me is a resounding, yes, they should.
Ornatorpet is a electronic/ambient outfit from Boras, Sweden and really all you need to know about this album is right on there the cover. Hymner Fran Snokulla is a deep dive into winter’s bluster and cold.
Truth be told, I don’t get enough of winter. I spend three months out of the year enjoying it and nine months wanting it back. Hymner Fran Snokulla gives me a burst of cold whenever I want it.
From my first listen to Hymner Fran Snokulla I felt like I was dropped into the middle of a D&D campaign. Suddenly, I was circling down into murky dungeons and there were torch lights and a strange radiance.
Ornatorpet conjures strange contradictions. The songs here are dark. But at the same time, they’re not grim. Although the tracks explore widely they are also riddled with a claustrophobic feeling.
What Doesn’t Work?
Really, there isn’t much not to like about Hymner Fran Snokulla. Everything on this album comes together quite nicely.
The tracks take the listener on a polar adventure. The sounds are evocative of not only a place but a feeling of depth and solitude.
On a musical level, the production is robust. It’s not a minimalist recording. Instead its full and deep and every tone is satisfying.
What Does It All Mean?
They call the genre Ornatorpet performs “dungeon synth” which for me is as accurate a musical description as I have ever heard.
This record is one of my favorite ambient recordings ever. That makes it one of the most indispensable albums for writing in my collection.
Do writers listen to music when they write? They should, and one of the first albums they should go find is this one.
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