It’s hard to express just how amazing and inventive Ulver is, so instead of tying myself up in a knotted bundle of superlatives, you’ll just have to find out for yourselves.
On 9th December they release the soundtrack to Riverhead on House Of Mythology, and from what I’ve heard so far, it sounds immersive, beautiful and just a little bit terriying.
Riverhead is a crime drama, set in New Foundland, that explores the historical rifts of the settlement process the culminate in blood feuds, territoriality, and murder. Director Justin Oakley, developed the sound via collaboration with the band:
(yes, yes, this bit’s cribbed from the press release, I can’t make all this stuff up)
“There was a mutual understanding that the soundtrack should be hushed, airy and ominous, almost elemental in its minimalism, with only a few key moments that rupture into larger, more augmented pieces. As far as the method, Ulver started by recording and sending over some sketches and atmospheres before we shot a single scene of the film. This allowed me to go into the filming with an understanding of the soundtrack, and how the scenes could (and would) be paced – truly an invaluable asset, especially with a fragmented film like this. Afterwards, they continued to record and we fine-tuned said sketches as well as some new pieces together. Ultimately, I am as proud of this collaboration as a standalone project as I am with the film itself.”
Here’s a trailer for the soundtrack to whet your appetites. And then you’ll probably want to go here for the pre-order.