Matti Bye is one of Sweden’s most sought-after film composers, known for numerous soundtracks and his collaborative album with Anna von Hausswolff, Hydra’s Dream. His new album ‘This Forgotten Land’ released on the 3rd of November, features evocative, emotive classical influenced instrumentation that are enlivened by contemporary production. To celebrate the release we have the premiere for the live video for the track ‘Open‘ watch below.
Until now, Bye has been best known as one of Sweden’s most prominent film composers, working on scores not only for contemporary but also vintage silent movies. In 2014 he received two of the three nominations for Best Original Music Award at Sweden’s prestigious Guldbaggen: his soundtrack for Faro took the honour (as well as a Nordic Film Music Prize) ahead of his work for The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window And Disappeared. He’s also provided new music for Victor Sjöström’s seminal horror The Phantom Carriage (1921) and The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924), a landmark melodrama starring Greta Garbo. He’s recorded a number of solo works, too, not least 2010’s Drömt and 2013’s Bethanien, the latter inspired by a two-year sojourn in Berlin working in Kreuzberg’s cultural centre of the same name, once a hospital of suitably grim repute. Collaborations with other musicians include the aforementioned Anna Von Hausswolff, and Maailma with cult Finnish songwriter Lau Nau.
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