Tag Archives: Lena Raine

The Best New Ambient on Bandcamp: April 2019

best-ambient-april-1244A quick browse through the Bandcamp ambient tag will reveal any number of ambient works from composers unified in their artistry through atmosphere, but with wildly differing approaches to how they achieve their goals. From the intimate and warm to the unsettling and tense, ambient is a diverse and endlessly thought-provoking genre. Every month, Ari Delaney will walk through the best recent releases you can find right here on Bandcamp.

In this edition, we’re highlighting albums released from March 15 through April 15, including the standalone debut from an acclaimed video game composer, and the ideal road trip music for an imaginary countryside.

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On Solo Debut, “Celeste” Composer Lena Raine Makes Personal Struggle Her Muse

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Photography by Sarah Cass

By all appearances, Lena Raine had a very good 2018. The composer delivered one of the best game soundtracks of the year—her score for breakout indie platformer Celeste netted unanimous year-end accolades for its emotionally intense, irresistibly catchy tunes. As the year came to a close, she experienced a career high point, performing with the legendary film composer Hans Zimmer in December at the Games Awards in Los Angeles. Continue reading

This Week’s Essential Releases: Afrofunk, Math Rock, Video Game Music & More

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Welcome to Seven Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend six new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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High Scores: Lena Raine’s “Celeste” Soundtrack

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Seattle composer Lena Raine’s Celeste is the best game soundtrack of 2018 thus far, but it’s also more than that: It’s a haunting and personal work that transcends game music altogether. Raine’s music is brilliant and sweeping, with memorable melodies and diverse instrumentation that reflect its author’s far-flung musical influences—from house to vintage RPG soundtracks and classical music. While Raine had worked in game music prior to creating Celeste—sometimes on a large scale and, notably, on the excellent chiptune-fueled soundtrack for the text-based indie game Hackmud—this is clearly her auteur moment, and the start of a very promising career. The game’s runaway success only cements the deal. The album spent its first few weeks of release atop the Bandcamp charts, and a remix EP, Celeste B-Sides, has not been far behind. Continue reading