Genre/Influences: Dark-Ambient, Cinematographic.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Ukrainian partners in crime Oleg Puzan (Dronny Darko) and Sasha Puzan (ProtoU) strike back with a new collaborative album, which comes five years after the “Earth Songs”-album. Both artists like collaborations and still are very prolific artists.
Content: “Metta” features 5 compositions; 3 tracks from each 10 minutes followed by an 11 minutes track while the last one holds you in its grip for 20 minutes. Dronny Darko and ProtoU created an evasive sound, which is going throughout dark passages accomplished with numerous little sonic details and field recordings. Some passages are crescendos that build up till leading the listener into stupor.
+ + + : Both artists have already released poignant and creative productions. This collaboration has something intimate, like the listener slowly becomes a voyeur. But the sound has something relaxing; darkness becomes evasive, which is accentuated by the slow progression of the tracks. “Secret Skin” is a very efficient cut revealing the real nature of this album: a kind of sacred sonic fusion between the creative minds of two talented artists.
– – – : Even if there’s a progression throughout the songwriting, some passages are a little bit monotonous. I especially refer to the last cut of the album.
Conclusion: “Metta” let us feel the connection between those Ukrainian artists; a kind of intimate ambient voyage.
Best songs: “Secret Skin”, “Energy Forms”.