Beauty is the most fitting word for the stunning music of Olan Mill. The duo consists of Alex Smalley and Svitlana Samoylenko who use vast musical surfaces, incorporating piano, violins, guitar and pipe organ, to create emotive and dreamy master-pieces. Their debut album, Pine (out on Serein label), is based on a cute contrast: great musical fields that spread into uncountable echoes and mirrored images are naturally packed into 2-5 minutes mini-compositions. Their economical approach to the length is one of their biggest benefits; there is no time to bore their listeners and the final result contains just the most important idea that fulfills its musical destiny. No unnecessary and additional variations to it, just the very emotional core.
‘The Prescribed Destiny’ is a piano psalm with delicate walls of violin cry and presents probably the greatest Olan Mill’s musical statement. On the other side, title track ‘Pine’ is perhaps the most approachable piece, with its dreamy, opulent shaded-arrangements that suggest their acoustic infinity. Such vastness and echoing substance is partly generated by the place, where Pine was recorded: church. Pine is a palatable trip through never-ending impeccable musical landscape. Listen to the whole album after jump and don’t hesitate with buying the physical release, it’s packaging is gorgeous.Tweet