Genre/Influences: Dark-cinematographic, dark-ambient.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Sasha Puzan has released an impressive number of productions since her debut back in 2015. The Ukrainian female artist likes collaborating with other artists, but she now strikes back with her fifth solo-album. Notice that all of her work has been released by Cryo Chamber.
Content: “Anomalies” sounds like it is in the purest tradition of the Cryo Chamber label, but also is an easily recognizable album for all of those familiar with the music of ProtoU. She again walks on the edge between dark-cinematographic and –ambient music. The tracks have been progressively built up, reflecting feelings of sadness and loneliness. Some passages are pretty anguished while others have been accomplished with subtle melodic tones.
+ + + : The main characteristic of this artist is the intimate sphere she creates. It became a kind of trademark symbolizing the work of ProtoU and that’s precisely what this work stands for. The songs have something modest and inhibited, but also mysterious and with some visual strength. The field recordings are sometimes accentuating the visual appeal of the work.
– – – : I always enjoy listening to the work of ProtoU, but the albums became more and more predictable like an artist abusing the sound formula she has created.
Conclusion: ProtoU remains a fascinating experience in dark-ambient & cinematic music. The work is always touched by grace and refinement.
Best songs: “Chamber Of Visions”, “Electric Grounds”, “The Escape”.