GAJOOB Review by Bryan Baker:
Embracing a deep connection with the natural world and the cosmos, “Green” by Pool of Light is an immersive journey into the heart of ambient music. Released in 2020, this album showcases the creativity and innovation that defines Pool of Light’s approach to music-making.
The album is the brainchild of Anton Bogdanov, who has managed to create a soundscape that is both ethereal and grounded. Using a combination of looping, guitars, zhongruan, analog synths, field recordings, and various effects, Bogdanov has crafted an album that explores different moods and atmospheres in a non-linear fashion.
“Green” opens with the track “Eternal River,” a shimmering piece that sets the tone for the rest of the album. The gentle, flowing melodies intertwine with the subtle undercurrents of the field recordings, creating a sense of movement and depth.
This is followed by “Tangled Labyrinth,” which introduces a more experimental element. The use of cinematic orchestral approaches adds a layer of complexity to the track, while the raw, unfiltered noises create a stark contrast to the serene melodies.
The final track, “Empty,” was recorded in 2018 for Unline’s label compilation, ISHI. It’s a fitting end to the album, encapsulating the essence of Pool of Light’s music. The track skillfully blends the sounds of traditional instruments with modern synthesizers, resulting in a piece that is both timeless and contemporary.
Overall, “Green” is a testament to the power of music to evoke emotions and create atmospheres. It’s a reminder that music doesn’t need to conform to conventional structures to be impactful. Pool of Light has succeeded in creating an album that is both thought-provoking and deeply enjoyable, making it a must-listen for fans of ambient music.
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