In 1902, Munch decided to present a set of paintings that represents the different connected facets in his life: Love, Anxiety and Death. He called this collection ‘The Frieze Of Life’. Words and melodies in this vocal opening piece of the album do have their own place in the different pieces that follow. The close listener will find them.
So these two works are connected, just like ‘Anxiety’. Here we see the famous paintings ‘The Scream’ (Nor: ‘Skrik’) and ‘Despair’. The careful listener will find the exact moment the scenery of the scream takes place. It’s the ambient between tracks six and seven: after the events of the blowing, orchestral ‘Anxiety’ and right before the highly melancholic and melodic ‘Despair’. However, we decided to create music that envisions the powerful events of this magnificent work anyway, and for the best flow, we placed it between the first and the third track. It speaks for itself…
Sadness Under The Belt Of Venus
The third piece on the album is called ‘Sadness Under The Belt Of Venus’ and images the story of Jappe feeling lovesick, sitting at the edge of the shoreline. Munch called this painting ‘Melancholy’.
A Winter Storm On Spring Blossom
Munch made many paintings with winter landscapes, and one with snow workers. He went through dark times of insecurity, work-related and personal problems. The fourth track of the album describes a nightmare where a scary pursuit takes place in the scenery of a snowstorm. The end of the track has some sort of open end, which you have to check out for yourself…
‘Equal Adoration’ is the fifth piece on the album, and inspired by the various women in Munch’s life and his complicated relationships with them. The mystery that surrounds them gets a perfect musical translation in the second half of the piece, led by wonderful acoustic guitar.
Bridge Of Anxiety
‘Bridge Of Anxiety’, track six from our album ‘The Scream Of Nature’ is inspired by the Munch painting ‘Anxiety.’ Since this is one of three paintings taking place at the same location, the three pieces on the album are related musically, too. The scenery takes place on a bridge, but the piece functions as a musical bridge in the suite as well. The fear builds up to the world famous scenery of ‘The Scream’, which takes place at the end of the piece.
So these two works are connected, just like ‘Anxiety’. Here we see the famous paintings ‘The Scream’ (Nor: ‘Skrik’) and ‘Despair’. The careful listener will find the exact moment the scenery of the scream takes place. It’s the ambient between tracks six and seven: after the events of the blowing, orchestral ‘Anxiety’ and right before the highly melancholic and melodic ‘Despair’.
We end our visual journey through ‘The Scream Of Nature’ cycle of music with two of Munch’s grand works: ‘Metabolism’ and ‘The Sun’. We dedicated the last three songs on the album to both the mystery and beauty of these paintings, of which the first, showing Adam and Eve standing next to the tree of life, portrays the cycle of life . The sun, rising and shining, is overwhelming, and, in its inhumanity, the source of life.