Revered Swedish musician and contemporary classical composer Henrik Lindstrand has today shared the title track from his forthcoming new album; Builders Journey is out today on One Little Indian Records. The lilting piano driven track shifts effortlessly through a spectrum of emotion, Lindstrand’s signature deadened piano sounds cascading forth throughout.
In a past life, Lindstrand topped the Danish charts repeatedly with his alternative rock band Kashmir, with critically acclaimed records such as the multi-DMA-winning Zitilities and the Tony Visconti produced No Balance Palace, which featured collaborations with David Bowie and Lou Reed. Since the group went on hiatus, Lindstrand has placed his focus on creating emotive compositions for films and television (Grey Zone, The Exception) as well his previous self-released solo records Leken and Nattresan.
Talking about the album, Lindstrand explains; "At the beginning of 2019, I was contacted by Lego Games. They were about to make a new game that was supposed to take Lego games in a new direction. Poetic and artistic, with focus on the meditative side of building with the bricks. It has this beautiful story about a son and a dad, with the subtle underlying core message to remember the importance of playing even as we grow older. With no dialogue or text inside the game, it was clear that the music and sound design was going to play a big role in delivering emotional content to the game.
“They had heard my first solo album “Leken” and asked if I was interested in composing the score for the game. It felt like a great match, and since I grew up as a Lego building kid myself, it also had a nostalgic element for me.
“I started developing themes based on the characters and the storyline. We had a very close collaboration exchanging music and visual content from the very beginning. The absence of dialogue in the game, made it important to write themes that could help the narrative and set the tone for each level. It was challenging as this was my first experience as a game composer. I think my background as film composer helped when it came to storytelling. It was also important for me that the music was able to stand alone, not only being a wall of anonymous background music. I decided to stick to the same set of rules I have for my solo albums so far; only to use piano/grand piano as sound sources.
“Working on Builder´s Journey has been one of the best creative processes for me so far. The open-minded spirit at Light Brick (the new internal Lego studio that made the game) gave a constant flow of ideas back and forth which also made this a very enjoyable project to work on. I´m really proud of the game and looking forward to continue working on new projects with Light Brick.”
released March 6, 2020
Composed, produced and performed by Henrik Lindstrand