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Daniel & Mikael Tjernberg – Anton OST

Daniel & Mikael Tjernberg Anton

Anton is a brand new original soundtrack that has been set to a post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi short-film which was produced by Visual Cooks and released on the legendary Swedish label Waerloga. Behind this rather odd addition are the brothers Daniel and Mikael Tjernberg, known otherwise for their symphonic project Lost Kingdom, which unsurprisingly also resides on the same label. This is not the first time the brothers have joined forces to create a soundtrack, though since I’ve yet to hear the complete music from The Chronicle of the Black Monks, my other encounter with the Tjernbergs is through the tales told by Lost Kingdom.

Daniel & Mikael Tjernberg

Daniel & Mikael Tjernberg

Anton is truly a wild soundtrack that takes inspiration and influence from an assortment of different styles and arrangements that have mutated together to create an album that is both haunting and solemn. It gently evokes feelings of death and desolation and the compositions are quite suiting for an album that has the mission to portray a post-apocalyptic world. The music is well-performed and showcases a talent for thinking outside the box that is both refreshing and quite strange at times, especially considering the use of both classical and more modern styles that somehow blend perfectly together to create a continuous saga. Where one ends, another takes up its message and carries it forth. However, since the Anton OST is quite a weird collection of different styles and sounds, it’s exceptionally hard to judge it as a complete entity. While I love the ominous and moody “Atmospheric Toxicity”, whose deep strings and breathtaking atmosphere really paint up an almost McCarthy-esque bleak landscape that has been torn by war, I just can’t picture the things meant to be portrayed by the part-beating-part funky title track, “Anton”. This is probably due to a lack of context, for even if I personally never have imagined post-apocalyptic landscapes and a weird electronic jazz fusion together, these two lunatics obviously have, and it truly is an intriguing composition in itself.

The album continues its wandering between genres and forms, and really feels like a journey through invisible landscapes. From the hectic “The Hunt” to the slow and serene “Hero”, the music weaves a strong story that etches onto you, and if nothing else, listening to the Anton OST gives me a strong urge to see the movie and knit context to some of the stranger songs such as the aforementioned title track. The strongest parts, in my opinion, are the more classically composed narratives such as “Atmospheric Toxicity” and “Heartbeat”, but overall, the album is bristling with potential. The production is great and almost feels too pure to be wearing titles such as “Postapocalyptic Landscape”. The soundtrack is equal parts ambience, experimental jazz, and modern classical, all melded together into something both brilliant and frightening at the same time. In the end, I give Anton my recommendation for its unique and refreshing take on a post-apocalyptic soundtrack.

Track List:

01) The Hunt
02) Atmospheric Toxicity
03) Postapocalyptic Landscape
04) Heartbeat
05) Out of Hand
06) Hero
07) Anton
08) Summoning
09) Atmospheric Toxicity (Reprise)

Rating: 4/5
Written by: Skarsnik
Label: Waerloga (Sweden) / WAER021 / Digi-CD
Soundtrack / Ambient / Cinematic / Modern Classical / Jazz Fusion