Nest (3) ‎– Retold



Lodge 4:04
Kyoto 5:25
Marefjellet 4:44
Charlotte 4:44
Cad Goddeu (Revised) 4:44
Trans Siberian 4:57
Wheatstone 4:46
The Helwick 4:49
Far From Land 5:04
The Twelve 4:43
Amroth 6:21

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SERE001 Nest (3) Retold(CD, Album, Dig) Serein SERE001 UK 2010 Sell This Version
SERE001 Nest (3) Retold(File, FLAC, 44.) Serein SERE001 UK 2010
SERE001 Nest (3) Retold (2014 Special Edition) (13xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Serein SERE001 UK 2014
SERE001LP Nest (3) Retold(2xLP, Album, S/Edition) Serein SERE001LP UK 2014 Sell This Version
SERE001LP Nest (3) Retold(2xLP, Album, S/Edition, Cle) Serein SERE001LP UK 2014 Sell This Version
SERE001SE Nest (3) Retold(CD, Album, RM, S/Edition) Serein SERE001SE UK 2016 Sell This Version


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January 11, 2015
referencing Retold, 2xLP, Album, S/Edition, Cle, SERE001LP
Beautiful release. This vinyl pressing sounds superb too.


August 21, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Retold, CD, Album, Dig, SERE001

Nest "Retold" CD

Nest is a collaborative project featuring Serein label owner Huw Roberts, based in UK, and Otto A. Totland, one half of the highly treasured Norwegian project Deaf Center. Part of this album, exactly first 6 tracks, were firstly released back in 2007 as "Nest" CDr EP, limited to 50 copies only, but as download it was the most successful release for Serein, at that time focusing on free download releases. So Huw and Otto have later decided to write more tracks to make re-issue as full length album. The rest of the material was written in 2009 and "Retold" was released at the beginning of 2010 as the first pressed CD in label's discography. Firstly, I have explored Nest's music only through preview tracks and I was immediately hooked by this highly emotional and captivating excursion into the world of modern classical arrangements masterfully crossed with ambient soundscapes. This attractive blend of acoustics and electronics is loaded with melancholy and strong cinematic feel with lots of diversity in the compositions. "Retold" weaves from warmly euphoric piece like "Kyoto", through emotionally driven "Lodge" and "The Twelve", to cinematic score music on "Marefjellet" and "Far From Land", from more tense moods on "Charlotte" and "Cad Goddeu" (revised version from "Nest" EP) to experimental texture "Trans Siberian" and from minimal expressive piano tune "Wheatstone" to drone ambient journeying on "The Helwick" and "Amroth". Even if wonderfully colorful and written during the longer span of time, the overall flow is amazingly compact, gracious and shining. This is deeply touching music to lighten your day, "Kyoto" is the best example here with truly sophisticated and pristine interplay of harp, piano and field recordings, most likely my fave composition from many standouts on "Retold". Or is it beautifully orchestrated "Marefjellet"? Or graceful "Far From Land"? Evocative "The Twelve"? Drifting "The Helwick"? Or collaging "Trans Siberian" with that tricky train-like sound? I won't hesitate to put this album on the same breathtaking level as "Pale Ravine" by Deaf Center. Another bonus, very decent 6-panel digipak packaging nicely reflects the music of Nest. A true masterwork, Huw & Otto!!!

Richard Gürtler (Aug 21, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)


April 18, 2010
referencing Retold, CD, Album, Dig, SERE001
As the snow blankets the ground, and the earth hibernates in preparation for a new cycle of life, gentle sonic frequencies vibrate our outer shells, to keep us warm throughout the season. The sound of Nest is simple, contemplative, intelligent and incredibly gorgeous. Kicking off 2010, and in a sense a brand new decade, Retold is sure to capture your heart and set the bar for all the modern classical compositions to come. The album strikes your soul with its beauty from the very first track, and you are immediately immersed in the soothing sounds of piano, strings, and tender electronics. Crafted cinematic soundscapes are at the center of the production, setting up the mood and feelings to become the soundtrack to your daily life. Boomkat properly places Retold into its Home Listening category, and I say we should have a Work Listening genre as well – the music of Nest is the only thing that carries me through the insanity of this empty day at work, molding the wasted time into a positive ripple, one note at a time. Retold is the first physical output by a British netlabel, Serein, which has been releasing digitally since 2005. Nest is a collaborative project of the label owner, Huw Roberts, and Otto Totland, who along with Erik Skodvin (Svarte Greiner) releases as the beloved Deaf Center on Type. And it seems that the first release will set the stage for all of the label's future output. Serein, following in the footsteps of another netlabel, Miasmah [which, not coincidentally, is run by the above named Skodvin], is hoping to take up some real estate among our shelves of preciously collected masterpieces. And with Retold, I think it has convinced me to shove a few aside. The album itself could be divided into two parts. Its first half compiling the previously released six tracks on Nest EP (Serein, 2007) in a newly re-mastered form. And the second is made up of new compositions. Musically, however, the story flows, inseparable by medium and time. Between the sound of rain and soft piano keys, the music seeps with melancholy, slowly rolling down my cheek, in a tear of solitude and acceptance. This is how things must play out, I guess, in an intricate web of patterns and cycles, with one action setting off the next, including thought and motion. And since this is the first physical release, a quick nod to the packaging. A six-panel digipack with design by Roberts contains a solid red disc, with no etching or writing of any kind. The spine of the cover has an echo of the same color in a small square next to the catalog number. I'm going to go completely on a whim here and guess that the subsequent releases will have a similar pattern. That would be neat. Fans of Biosphere, Deathropod and of course Deaf Center will enjoy this release immensely, as well as followers of everything touched by Peter Broderick, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Helios, Jacaszek and Ólafur Arnalds. Need I say more?