CD released: Nov 20, 2015
The album was made between 2012 - 2015 in Oslo he sites artists like Giacinto Scelsi, Arvo Põrt, Gescom/AE, Brian Eno and Norwegian compatriot Biosphere as inspiration.ôGodeö has a dual meaning in Norwegian. ItÆs a Middle English word that gave us the modern English word ôGoadö (meaning to provoke or annoy). On the one hand it literally means ôcattle prodö, a farming tool used to round up cattle. But it also came to mean ôa right or privilegeö as the cattle prod came to symbolize the indentured labor of the Norwegian rural working class. The land owning aristocrats would exploit the people as if they were so much livestock. Like a stark black & white film, the record is a meditation on the darker days of NorwayÆs past, before the country discovered its oil wealth. From 1900 û 1939 it was one of EuropeÆs poorest countries, beset by illness and starvation even. Rural poor depended completely on their families and had more children to work the land. Only the privileged could afford to make art, and Bratten thinks of the void all the music and art from the poorest families that was lost. ôGodeö is a hymn to those people. If it sounds like Bratten is something of a natural storyteller, it might be connect to his other work. After dropping out of music college in his teens, he got a job as a sound technician at OsloÆs leading contemporary performing arts theatre, Black Box Theatre. With his natural ability, it wasnÆt long before he went from sound tech to composing music for leading contemporary theatre groups, all by the age of 21. He released his debut album ôBe A Man You Antö on Full Pupp label in 2013 and quickly followed-up with the club hit ôTrommer Og Bassö on Berlin's Correspondant label. Bratten then signed to Smalltown Supersound who in June 2015 released the 6-track mini-album ôMath Ilium Ionö.ôGodeö is Bratten giving free rein to his imagination and further deepening his unique musical practice. His previous work was made with synthesizers, drum machines and computers but this album is recorded through tape machines, layered with field recordings, heavily modified piano, string arrangements and even vocals (amongst others Susanne Sundf°r).