Of course, that's not the only reason why I really wanted to check this out. The other reason was the music, obviously. It is the soundtrack for "Skörheten" (Fragility), a documentary movie, described as a "heartfelt and poetic depiction of a woman's struggle with depression and childhood traumas". With a story like this, I would indeed expect a soundtrack with piano, soundscapes and an emotional atmosphere. And that is exactly what you get.
Although the piano seems to be the central element, this album is loaded with a blend of modern classical music and experimental ambient. Some of these pieces, mainly the ones where the piano is present, are deeply emotional pieces of music. Minimalism seems to be a keyword. There is not a note or touch too many and the whole breathes at atmosphere of solitude, loneliness and perhaps even hopelessness.
The latter certainly is present in some of the gloomy drone pieces on this album, where a gentle but continuous drone functions as the foundation for other instruments to thrive upon. You can almost feel the emotion the protagonist of this story feels, you can almost place yourself in her place and cry her tears, feel her desire to step out of the destructive vicious circle. I haven't seen the film but I know for a fact that this music has the ability to make it a massive tearjerker.
In short, this started out as an act of friendliness in reply of a nice email and turned out to be such a beautiful and inspiring piece of work. Music can indeed make or break a movie and this one certainly does the first. If you are a fan of ambient, modern classical and emotional movie soundtrack, you should check this out. We're dealing with a tremendous talent here. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to cry for a few hours...