May 23, 2024

BURG – Pendulum Swing (Album – Ollilaboratories)

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Genre/Influences: Electro-Ambient, IDM.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: Jouni Ollila -known from his involvement with legendary formations like Pouppée Fabrikk, MZ.412… strikes back with a new album from his BURG-project. He already released multiple works but this new opus is the first one in seven years. It’s the fifth full length album which also comes to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this project. 

Content: “Pendulum Swing” is bringing us back to the artistic, early Electronic experiments reminding me of the masters in the Electro-Ambient genre. Next comes a very personal and more contemporary input which gives me the impression to sit in a shuttle joining past with present. The slow rhythms makes it pretty accessible and even danceable

+ + + : This is a great piece of music creating an imaginary sonic bridge between early Electro-Ambient and contemporary influences. The Swedish master is mixing all elements together with a genius touch; progressively building up his songs with subtle bleeps and vintage sound treatments. I also noticed a track with robotic vocals accentuating the imaginary sonic space walk we’re going through. A few passages are sophisticated, touching ground with IDM. Jouni Ollila is a kind of sonic chameleon who feels comfortable dealing with very different kinds of Electronics.

– – – : I can’t say the album is featuring minus points but I’m wondered why BURG isn’t more recognized.

Conclusion: Listening to this album I get this special and unique sensation called ‘magic’.

Best songs: “Times Arrow”, “Prediktor”, “Black Crash”, “Twelve Times Zero”.

Rate: 8½.

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