André Bratten is affiliated with Norway's booming nu- and post-disco scene, but his own productions diverge into darker territory. As Pitchfork puts it, "In an Oslo-producer family portrait, you'd imagine Bratten as the lurking one in the black ribbed turtleneck, looking on severely as porn-mustached Todd Terje makes bunny ears behind Lindstrøm's bucket cap."
Raised in an Oslo suburb bordering the Scandinavian forest, Bratten's earliest experimentations with synths — which took their cues from '80s synthpop and electronic pop misfits like John Foxx — coincided with a national dance-music upswing. His material soon caught the attention of cosmic disco figurehead Prins Thomas, who released Bratten's debut album, Be a Man You Ant, on his Full Pupp label in 2013. Bratten now shares a studio space with Lindstrøm, Todd Terje, and Prins Thomas himself, but while the sound of that holy trinity tends toward the chromatic and clean, Bratten dirties up his productions with squelchy bass, textural decay, and splattered neon synths.
Bratten's ambitious second album, Gode, was billed as "a meditation on the darker days of Norway's past, before the country discovered its oil wealth," and attempted to communicate a history of injustice across its tracks — like the exploitative relationship between farmers and landowners in the early 20th century. The album's experimental and often murky vibe was influenced by composers and ambient specialists like Giacinto Scelsi, Arvo Pärt, Brian Eno, and Biosphere, offset by vocals from Norwegian chart-topping pop singer Susanne Sundfør. It was released in 2015 on Smalltown Supersound, following the Math Ilum Ion EP.