After more than two years, Swedish composer Johan Agebjörn delivers his second album on the prestigious LotusPike label. It’s an example of fresh and catchy contemporary electronics with that typical but indefinable arctic rim.
The influence of trance and dance is clearer on the 13 up-tempo instrumentals that fill ‘The Mountain Lake’, that is graced with a beautiful melodic sound design next to a nice assortment of rhythms and sequencer patterns.
The opening track ‘Spacer Woman from Mars’ is a great start of the sonic journey, which aptly blends ambience and emotions with influences of sf-movies, the Swedish landscape, ‘80’s disco tunes (’Amylium Casparium’, ‘The Stones are Blasted’) and even Buddhism (’Spiral Staircase’, ‘Last Tram to Comet Square’).
I really like the great sense for detail, spaciousness and warmth that runs as a consistent tread through Agebjörn’s fine crafted compositions, of which some have a certain immersive effect (’Zero Gravitation’, ‘Take me Home’, ‘Love Ray’).
The album ends with a remix version of ‘Siberian Train’ (a track that appeared on Johan’s previous album ‘Mossebo’) immersing the listener in a Giorgio Moroder-like, hypnotizing realm.
In my opinion, the great balance of intimacy, honesty and the joy of freedom that shines through the vibrant music of the well accomplished and excellently produced ‘The Mountain Lake’ makes it something special. Chapeau Johan!
- Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion