Hydras Dream
The Little Match Girl
Denovali Records
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2014
LP
19.49
den196 / Includes Download Code
Heavy cardboard cover + printed inner sleeve, 180 gr vinyl.
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Tracklist
1Last Evening Of The Year 3:11
2The Little Match Girl 6:46
3Hypothermia 4:03
4Losing The Slippers 4:29
5Grievance Of A Young Girl 5:00
6Grandma's Appearance 5:33
7Fall Of A Star 2:23
8The Joys Of A New Year 2:55
9The End 5:49

Hydras Dream is a special collaboration between the Swedish musicians ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF and MATTI BYE (winner of the Guldbaggen 2014 price for scoring the film drama "Faro" and composer of the film score for "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared"). The concept behind this project is to interpret stories, movies and myths into musical landscapes. For their debut album "The Little Match Girl", von Hausswolff and Bye construed the beautiful and melancholic story by H.C. Andersen of the same title. Asked about the reason for this particular choice, the two musicians state: "It was her tragic faith in the winter's cold that inspired us. She is freezing to death with no money and no comfort, she is all alone, dreaming of a warmer place. When death strikes her she is filled with magical illusions and dreams. Oddly enough, hypothermia and death are the only two comfort zones we experience in this story. Sad but beautiful."

The music of Hydras Dream is mostly made through improvisation and by using repetitious patterns and melodies. Indeed, the two musicians state "We want to use intuition and spontaneity as two key elements in the compositions, and therefore we don't pre-record anything. We just play whatever feels good and fits the theme and press rec." Thus it is no surprise that "The Little Match Girl" was written and recorded during only three days in Matti Bye's studio. Exploring the entire spectrum of their instruments, von Hausswolff and Bye ingeniously combined their virtuosity in order to craft an eclectic and delicate album, located somewhere inbetween neo-classical experimentalism and avantgarde dream-pop. One can virtually image how the notes of this debut faintly resound behind the candle-lit windows which separate the little match girl from the life-saving warmth, how their echoes join her in her inevitable fate ...