Genre/Influences: Soundscape, experimental.
Background/Info: Ukrainian artist Oleg Puzan is an artist that never sleeps. He’s releasing several works –and collaboration albums, every single year. “Origin” is the third album in his ‘sound design heavy trilogy’ and ‘a continuation of his dark and minimalist sound’.
Content: I’ve especially praised this artist for his growing maturity in the composition of overwhelming dark-ambient works. “Origin” is something different, revealing the more experimental and abstract side of the artist. The four tracks are made of field recordings and slow, progressive long cuts. The album features only 4 songs. From a heavy aquatic opening cut towards darker passages, which are mainly emerging during both last tracks, this album rather sounds as the most experimental exposure from the artist’s discography.
+ + + : Dronny Darko is not only a prolific artist, but he hates repeating himself. The albums are always inspired by similar and related music genres, but each new work has something different to show. Well, that’s a facet of this musician I particularly like. At “Origin” I had to wait for both last cuts to hear great dark compositions, which however remain somewhat dreamy-like, but still intriguing and with a strong visual appeal.
– – – : This is not my favorite side of Dronny Darko. I prefer his dark-ambient creation instead of this minimal/experimental work, which sounds more improvised and less personal.
Conclusion: Dronny Darko has released an impressive number of works over the past few years, but “Origin” is not the album I would recommend to discover the artist.
Best songs: “Noumenon”.