"Mixing in elements of ambient, drone, harsh noise/PE, and electroacoustic flourishes, Brandal creates a new and compelling experience. (...) Top notch sound design on this release: knives being sharpened, boots crunching down on helpless objects, distorted synth growls, mic’ed hand drums, broken radio frequencies. Don’t miss this one."
– Tabs Out Cassette Podcast
"Andreas Brandal is able to successfully marry dark and noise-laden that burst and bloom into speaker destroying stabs of contact mic/black noise with melodic undercurrents that provide a placid noise-floor that is never completely enveloped by the face-stabbing shards of harshness."
– Tome To The Weather Machine
(...) there’s no doubt that this will be a black affair. And yet, what an alluring affair it is, with ritualistic percussion, garbled voices and dragged chains, like stumbling upon a sacrificial rite in the forest and realizing that you are the sacrifice. The music is magnetic, curious enough to make one want to draw close.
– A Closer Listen
“I’ve listened to this a number of times now and I feel that no matter how many more I listen to it I would never quite feel like I’m on the same space mission twice and for that it is truly a thing of beauty.”
– Raised By Gypsies
"As Hidden Persuaders, Andreas Brandal creates menacing industrial noise compositions using clanking metallic textures, radio static overload, and even some nuanced hand percussion. What you hear is not all harsh walls of noise, though; Brandal has an knack for slow burning tension and dynamics within each of the six tracks spread across this fine release."
– Free Form Freakout (from FFF's 2014 year-end favorites tapes list)
released September 16, 2014
Recorded at The Station, Bergen April / August 2014.
Percussion on track 3 by Børre “Boe” Myklebust.
Collages by øjeRum.
supported by 4 fans who also own “The Bone Forest”
There's a handheld camera aspect to this collaborative recording — hushed, creaking, intimate — that I found so very striking. I wasn't aware that these two experimental composers were a couple, but even so, you hear the tenderness between Sarah and Sean, in four-handed piano, guitar duos and chimed bells. https://www.vikingschoice.org/archive/vikings-choice-guide-to-bandcamp-friday-nov-2021/ Lars Gotrich