Review: You'd be forgiven for being unfamiliar with Carl Gustav Gjengen Og Parkeringsbandittene, a 1982 Norwegian children's mystery film with an eccentric, convoluted plotline. This is the first time that the soundtrack, which was created by former Norwegian progressive rocker turned composer Pete Knutsen, has been released. It's an imaginative and largely colourful affair, with Knutsen utilizing spacey synthesizer sounds and bold melodic riffs (very reminiscent of the period in which it was created) alongside his usual fuzzy rock guitars and out-there electronics. It's hugely evocative and entertaining, with nods to a myriad of contemporaneous American and European styles as well as the Beatles circa The White Album and Abbey Road.
Review: Svart Records continues the Eero Koivistoinen reissue program with yet another rare album by the artists, this particular one from 1971. With Vesa-Matti Loiri, Seija Simola and Eero Raittinen on vocals. Koivistoinen's children's music album entitled Muusa ja Ruusa was based on the poems of Kirsi Kunnas and released by the book publishing company WSOY. Although some of these songs were revisited in the 2000s on the album Ville ja Valle, the original has never been reissued in any format. The moods on this recently unearthed album is best described by the label, who claim it sounds like 'pastoral calm to the psychedelic bubbling of witches' cauldrons. This is music to boil frogs to.' And that's pretty spot on, we agree!
Review: It's the 30th Anniversary of the Castlevania franchise and Austin, Texas based cinema retroverts Mondo are proud to celebrate with a premiere vinyl release of the original soundtrack to the 1986 Nintendo Entertainment System classic that started it all. Featuring all 12 BMG tracks from the video game by Konami Kukeiha Club (a collective name for the Konami sound production staff) and original artwork by Becky Cloonan. The first of a five-album campaign dedicated to the video game franchise, so get in on it!