Boomkat Product Review:
Imagine a J-Pop loving BoC doing a computer game soundtrack and you have the beautiful ‘Oneknowing’ by Lena Raine; composer of award-winning indie platform game ‘Celeste’, who recently collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the opening theme for The Game Awards 2018 (the Oscars of the gamer world)
A sterling addition to Local Action’s optimist-futurist aesthetic, Lena’s first solo LP proper (if we discount her soundtrack works) finds her putting a finely honed emotive and narrative sensibilities at the service of her own music. Separated from the need to accompany hopping pixels, she emotes a classically modernist melancholy that crisply but gently resonates with ‘90s trip hop, shoegaze and IDM/electronica prisms as much as the sort of Japanese new age ambient styles currently explored by Visible Cloaks.
Considering that the last computer game I played was probably Abe’s Odyssey, as a nipper, around 20 years ago, our knowledge of contemporary game soundtracks is limited to say the least. But no knowledge of that arena is required to enjoy ‘Oneknowing’, which is simply a beautiful album for home listening, utterly flush with ear-worming melodies and and a glowing pleasantness that’s just hard to shake, especially if you like anything from Tenniscoats to Ulrich Schnauss, Boards of Canada or 0PN.