Johan Agebjörn / Mikael Ögren

We Never Came To The White Sea Best of 2017 - Favorite Electronic albums
The Best of Echoes 2017
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1   As I Passed the Vyartsilya Border Crossing

2   Motor Stop, 6km to Suoyarvi

3   The Lights of Lakhkolampi Pass By

4   0:55 In Matkaselkya

5   Relentless Rain Over Ladoga

6   Aurora Over Odega

7   Four Hours To Karhumäki

8   Sunset In Vodlozerski

9   The Rajakarjala Forests

10   Sleepless On The Kostomuksha-Petrozavodsk Night Train

Spotted Peccary Music presents We Never Came To The White Sea, a collaboration between Swedish artists Johan Agebjörn and Mikael Ögren.

Billed as “the original soundtrack to an unreleased road movie of the same name”, We Never Came To The White Sea intertwines vivid ambience with driving rhythms, giving the music a cinematic atmosphere and strong forward motion that drives effortlessly through the ten intriguing tracks on a compelling sonic journey through the lesser-known landscape of Northern Russia near the eastern border of Finland.

Agebjörn explains, “The album is a soundtrack to an unreleased (and unedited) road movie which we filmed in Russian Karelia (formerly Finland), where my grandfather was born. It’s a beautiful county, sparsely populated with an old culture, that’s inspiring for making music. All the track titles reflect the story.”

This ambient electronic soundtrack’s tonal character, melodic harmonies, and synth atmospheres set a scene for traversing vast forests and expansive topologies, magically revealed through the Karelian night and cinematic sunsets of Vodlozersky National Park.

With plenty of retro sonic influences, the rich and evolving synth sequences organically mingle with melancholy piano passages and ethereal vocals of the acclaimed Sally Shapiro. Somewhat reminiscent of musical inspirations Pete Namlook and Klaus Schulze, We Never Came To The White Sea powerfully expresses Agebjörn and Ögren’s impressions of such a beautiful country enriched with age-old culture and haunting energy.