Element4l Soundtrack, Mitchell Nordine, 2013
There are few things as satisfying as seeing a young newcomer write an album that not only knocks it out of the park quality-wise, but also presents a unique artistic vision. Enter Mitchell Nordine‘s Element4l soundtrack, maybe 2013’s best Western game score. Nordine’s amazingly well assembled and densely woven sound collages recall many things: imagine a lusher version of Clint Mansell’s post rock-inspired film scores; add some Pink Floyd influences through dreamy psychedelic musings and astonishingly creative use of found objects to create complex percussion layers; mix in some chiptune sounds, trippy beats and a fondness for whimsical glockenspiel leads, and you end up with a score that is utterly mesmerising in its otherworldly beauty. A track name like “Adrift Flows Bronsonic Delight” perfectly captures Element4l‘s sensual appeal, but don’t take this music lightly. Nordine perfectly controls the flow of his extensive compositions, which patiently build into throbbing crescendi. It’s music that feels both homely and majestic, and there’s nothing quite like it out there.
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