Thankfully, Retold is more of a proper album, with eleven tracks running around 55 minutes. Retold finds the duo exploring a broader sonic range. "Lodge," the opening track, features Totland's plaintive piano over a quietly shifting sea of sonic echo, violin, human breath, and what sounds like rainfall. It's clearly a meticulously constructed piece but never laborious or stuffy. "Marefjellete" is propelled forward by an almost dubby, plucked bass note, static creak, rustling wind, metallic pings, and a slowly whirling, almost whimsical piano. "Whetstone" is a gorgeous bit of modernist chamber music, with piano, cello, viola, and sustained horns layered over an alien soundscape that slowly but surely builds into an echoing expanse before fading into rainfall and and hushed static. And so on.
Deeply atmospheric, both albums here are a successful blending of the neo-classical with the ambient and drone, in a way that will speaks to fans of Jacaszek, Deaf Center, Tim Hecker, Stars of the Lid and the like. Highly recommended stuff.