Henrik Lindstrand Releases Soundtrack For ‘LEGO Builder’s Journey (Extended Version)’ Out Now Via One Little Independent Records

June 21, 2021
Photo credit: Robin Skjoldborg

Henrik Lindstrand Releases Soundtrack For ‘LEGO Builder’s Journey (Extended Version)’

Out Now Via One Little Independent Records

To coincide with the game’s launch on Nintendo Switch, Steam and Apple Arcade, a deluxe version of Henrik Lindstrand’s hugely successful soundtrack for ‘LEGO Builder’s Journey’ is being released with brand new bonus material including atmospheric single ‘Flying Home’. Harmonious keys glide effortlessly, soaring ever upwards in a perfect example of the Swedish contemporary’s ability to capture a feeling with his imaginative compositions. 

Henrik explains “The soundtrack has been extended with four pieces that were written for the new chapters in the upcoming release of the game. It was a fun challenge to get deeper into the characters and help the storytelling through music in this gorgeous wordless puzzle-game. We decided to stick to the concept of only using piano sounds, just like on my own piano trilogy – it felt like the right palette for our story about Kid and Dad. “Flying Home” is a kind of end piece where our main characters finally reunite after lots of struggle and adventure.” 

The game’s creators, Light Brick Studio, are a small, independent team of creative developers and LEGO thinkers. ‘Builder’s Journey’ won SPILPRISEN’s award for Best Visuals, based on how the game “blends solid visuals with sound design and game design to suck you right into the very minimalistic worlds” as well as Best Audio in 2019 at the Danish award show for its ability to “stitch together the seams of the player’s experience”. At the international award show Golden Joystick Awards, ‘Builder’s Journey’ was also awarded Mobile Game of the Year 2020 for being “Gloriously addictive and inventive”. 

The entire album is such an intimate creation, the ambiance is so striking this immediate pull becomes this sublime friction to the records’ proceedings and delivers the ultimate hook. The atmosphere quickly defines itself as essential, the minimalist notes used become emotionally harrowing.

Over the past few months Henrik Lindstrand has also been teaming up with the likes of Benoît Pioulard and Alex Somers for a series of tranquil and explorative reworks, with more on the horizon. Last year he completed his trilogy of personal, melodically woven soundscapes with ‘Nordhem’, following albums ‘Nattresan’ (2019) and ‘Leken’ (2017). Gaining notoriety for his semi-autobiographical stories told using sounds solely from the piano, the work from his solo ventures is ripe for reinterpretation. Lindstrand’s career is littered with accolades that make up an impressive and eclectic resume. A keen musician from a young age, he graduated from the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen where he became engrossed in the local musical culture and lent his skills to a multitude of acts as a studio musician, live player and string arranger. This lead to him being “adopted” into Danish rock band Kashmir, one of Scandinavia‘s most prominent and acclaimed bands with whom he toured the world extensively as their keyboard player and guitarist. 

During his tenure in Kashmir and until the band’s hiatus, Henrik worked with seminal profiles such as Tony Visconti, Andy Wallace, David Bowie and Lou Reed, whilst building a career alongside as a highly regarded composer for television and cinema. Recent accomplishments include the score for the ITV Nordic-noir series Greyzone and a film score to Undtagelsen (The Exception) released last summer. Recent noteable solo performances include sold out concerts in Copenhagen, The Heartland Festival (DK) Silent Green in Berlin, Soho House London, Union Chapel London and Pianeo Festival Munster (D). In October Lindstrand played a unique and intimate live performance filmed in Copenhagen at Camp Adventure (one of Time Magazines 100 best places to visit), in a stunning 45-meter-high tower in the middle of the forest. In a time when live music experiences were few and far between across the world, Lindstrand and his team were able to create an extraordinary one-off outdoor event to perfectly house this captivating performance. 

At the end of the year he released a book, a selection of 21 transcriptions and arrangements for solo piano from his three albums. With scores ranging from pure and minimal to experimental and inventive. It includes beautiful imagery, specially written notes from the composer and downloadable backing tracks to inspire the most enjoyable experience.

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