Genre/Influences: Ethereal, Dark-Ambient, Cinematographic.
Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl.
Background/Info: Peter Bjärgö is back on track, unleashing this year the fifth official album of his solo-work. The songs have been composed during the quarantine, which has been an inspiring period for the artist –known for his involvement with Arcana, Sophia, Karjalan Sissit ao… The result has been introduced as something new…
Content: I would say the album isn’t something ‘new’ in the career of Bjärgö rather than getting back to some influences and sound he elaborated with Arcana. There’s still the Cinematographic and Dark-Ambient approach, but the work also features explicit Ethereal inspiration reminding me of Arcana. The work is switching from haunting atmospheres towards dark reverie while enlightened by mystic parts composed by Eastern instruments. Peter Bjärgö’s deep, haunting timbre of voice injects an extra dark touch to the work.
+ + + : I’ve been always fascinated by the mystic sound universe created by Arcana so seeing this musician getting back to some of his ‘early’ influences is pretty enjoyable. But this is not Arcana, but simply Peter Bjärgö mixing different influences from his career as a musician. The work has something of ‘apocalyptic ballads’, but other parts are evoking ‘Eastern mysticism and reverie’. Some songs have a true transcendental effect. I like the production of the vocals, which rather sounds as an extra effect injecting a ghost-like sensation. Because of all these elements the work has a strong visual appeal.
– – – : The album has something versatile, mixing different styles, but in the end it appears to be Bjärgö’s best solo-album.
Conclusion: Delicate and mystic, dark and haunting, the new Peter Bjärgö work sounds like a great vintage.
Best songs: “Immaculate Judgement”, “Séraphita”, “Dreams Coloring My Awakedness”.
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