Andre Bratten Gode on 2LP
"Gode is the record I always wanted to make, its where I feel at home and where I can be myself musically," Andre Bratten says. The album was made between 2012-2015 in Oslo and Bratten sites artists such as Giacinto Scelsi, Arvo Pärt, Gescom/AE, Brian Eno and fellow compatriot Biosphere as inspiration.
After making an attempt at learning music the traditional way, Bratten dropped out of music school and started out as an assistant and sound technician at the Black Box Theatre in Oslo. He quickly found his place in the theatre scene with its compelling contemporary music. At the age of 21 André was regularly composing music for different theatre groups. He released his debut album Be A Man You Ant on Prins Thomas' Full Pupp label in 2013 and quickly followed-up with the club hit "Trommer & Bass" on Berlin's Correspondant label. Bratten then signed to Smalltown Supersound who in June 2015 released the 6 track mini-album Math Ilium Ion.
Being minimalistic with the previous records, Gode is more complex. Whereas he earlier was more reliant on synthesizers, drum machines and computers, this album is recorded with more weight on tape machines, field recordings, string arrangements, vocals (by Bratten himself and by Susanne Sundfør) and use of heavily modified piano. Gode has a dual meaning, "a privilege" in Norwegian and "Goad" (the word is from middle english "Gode") a farming implement, used to round up cattle. Also used as a symbol for the working class farmers and their slavery for the rich, as they where rounding up cattle, the aristocrats where rounding up them.
The record is made with a touch of nostalgia regarding the ways of living between the 1900-1939 where families depended on each other and the quantity of children where not based on love, but more the need of labor. Norway, at the time was one of Europe's poorest countries and starvation and illness was present, people was doomed and blessed at the same time, they had no choice regarding work and life choices, talent and the expression of it was a privilege for the rich and the void of all the art and ideas from the poorer families are lost. Gode is a hymn to those people.