Here's some early reviews and quotes for my upcoming album 'This Forgotten Land' that will be released November 3rd on Tona Serenad — Pre-orders are now available via Klangbox.
“Spooked slow motion circus mannerisms conjure a mad whirligig at the end of time. Ambient traces of Debussy and Satie inform his piano.” Uncut
“Haunting beautiful and ethereal, this is a wonderful album from a truly distinctive and singular visionary.”Future Music
“His album is a treat. Echoing piano is at its core but there’s a spooked vibe, throughout. Not horror filmic, more like you’d wandered into the past by accident, or come across a derelict building that once used to be alive with voices and laughter. Bye musters his own uncanny musical world, a forgotten land, indeed.” The Arts Desk
“His studio is an analogue world of synths, pianos, celesta, Mellotron and organs, and his music alludes to the strange, romantic mood you get when you hear old merry go rounds, or mechanical instruments in small amusements parks, and abandoned places.”The Wire
“An atmospheric experience.”The Ransom Note
“Channels everything from eerie midways to the manic Swordfishtrombones era of Tom Waits.”Self-Titled
“Hushed atmospherics are underpinned by superbly fluid musicality. A work in perpetual evolution, it welcomes you in via meditative, inward citations.” Clash
"Det är omöjligt att inte göra egna mentala utflykter" Gaffa
"Matti Bye is a unique artist who can create beautiful music where others would fail. This Forgotten land is a testament to his talent of painting wonderful pictures with music, and drawing in the audience in a way where they won’t want to let go." 4/5 by Vinyl Chapters
'Galloping Waves', taken off my forthcoming album 'This Forgotten Land', is being premiered by Self-Titled Magazine and spoke to them about the inspiration for the song and this is my reply:
"Circus music has always inspired me—the strange romantic mood you are drawn into when you hear old merry-go-rounds, music boxes, player pianos, calliope, mechanical instruments, small tivoli’s, and amusement parks and abandoned places like Coney Island.
I’m very fascinated by what music made by ghosts would sound like. Maybe it’d be filtered in some strange, distorted way, blurred from a distance… like a memory of something you forgot coming back… hidden cities under the water… with a sea horse orchestra playing."
"Peculiarly otherworldly, serenely haunting, and utterly unforgettable, its melodies linger long after its conclusion, their atmosphere a magical mist that can never quite be apprehended. Out of time, but just in time, it confirms Matti Bye as a vital composer of visionary, cinematic scope. ‘This Forgotten Land’ will endure, in fact, because it sounds like it’s always been among us."