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Niclas Thorsteinsson – Tunesmith and Performer

Crashlands review

I haven’t played any computer or phone games for about half a year now, but last week I succumbed to temptation and bought a mobile game (Editor’s choice, glowing reviews and all that jazz) and it turned out to be incredibly boring. I must be getting old and grumpy. Here’s my review on Google Play:

Crashlands – Review

It runs well and doesn’t beg for more money (apparently that’s necessary to point out these days) but it’s WAY too long and repetitive. Endless grinding (harvest, kill, fish) in order to build whatever is the next minute variation of a tool.  When you’ve played this game for 15 minutes you’re basically playing the same game over and over, except that things change color and have different numbers attached to them. And that’s it. howlongtobeat.com lists the game as taking 40-50 hours to complete and that’s a hell of long time for such simple mechanics.  Sure there is a story (Evil guy steals your stuff. Go through a bunch of quests and defeat said guy in the end) but I’d much rather read a book than go through all the endless grinding in order to find out what happens next. So yeah, if the game was pay-per-month, I’d get all the grinding from a business perspective (but I wouldn’t like it) however, it makes little sense to me in its current format.  All in all it’s endless repetition with little variation and just not very much fun.

Reverends News

The Reverends are looking into new online distribution for our upcoming release. There is a fuckton of options to choose from and all we know is that we want it to non-exclusive and that rules out our old label, Tutl. Why non-exclusive? Well, in the current landscape of the internet and the maelstrom that is modern creative rights, it seems like a far better option to retain the rights to our own recordings.

Anyways, the first song of three is called Sometimes I Wish and we’ve finally OK’d the last mix from producer extraordinaire, Óli Poulsen. Hence it will be released fairly soon. More on this later.

Just North Atlantic Ocean Things

I’ve been sailing for the last few days in connection with a work assignment. I have also been editing some guided meditation audio for an acquaintance. The work and location blend well. Yes, indeed.

Bonus product placement – Faroese water Kirvi.

Touch the screen! 

The Reverends were featured on Faroese television recently. The producer’s angle was to highlight creative differences in the band. Watch it here.

Sometimes I Wish 


Well, the abovementioned title is a new Reverends song which we recorded two months ago and did some more work on tonight. We redid the intro with what can best be described as some kind of warm 70s inspired minimalism. Looking forward to releasing this one fairly soon. We’re in the process of figuring out which platform to use.

I should get out more. It’s cozy.

At the Mountains of Madness

We’ve been recording!

Finally some time in the studio. Great fun. Three songs done. Will be released fairly soon. TBA.

Happy

New Year 

My New Office 

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