Genre/Influences: Soundscape, dark-ambient.
Background/Info: Oleg Puzan aka Dronny Darko became a familiar artist on the growing Cryo Chamber roster. This is the 3rd full length released on Cryo Chamber while this Ukrainian artist already released other productions on different net labels like DNA Production and Petroglyph Music.
Content: Dronny Darko makes me think of a sonic surgeon who’s meticulously dissecting sounds to stitch them again with a malefic touch. We’re entering an evil soundscape built up with diversified field recordings and sonic cellar noises. Compressed sounds and different scratches and other cracklings join in to reach heavier passages. “Neuroplasticity” features parts of white noises, which are constantly flowing into dark atmospheres.
There’s a slow and meticulous progression in writing, which sometimes gives you the impression of stagnation till new field recordings reflect a kind of premonition join in. You can feel a kind of malefaction hanging over this work and the most disturbing element is that there’s no real climax. The tortured sound atmospheres hold on until the very last note getting the listener into total stupor and denial.
+ + + : “Neuroplasticity” is a rather complex soundscape-inspired piece and that’s for sure the main strength of this work, which is dominated by many great, but haunting noises.
– – – : I’m missing a climax, a kind of heavy, dark sonic explosion, which would have made this album immortal.
Conclusion: This album is a scary and tormenting paranoiac experience, which reinforced by the use of headphones will lead you towards a scary -and luckily, fictive ‘blair witch experience’.
Best songs: “Circuits”.
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