If you thought that Pine, debut album by Olan Mill, was lush and utterly emotive and couldn’t be more romantic, their forthcoming sophomore full-length Paths (Fac-ture) proves you wrong. Here Alex Smalley and Svitlana Samoylenko work with vast fields of sonic sweetness; but it’s not that overly sugary, saccharine simplicity of new age, but rather a sincere expression of pleasurable delight.
Bleu Polar is the opening track of this half an hour long experience. It seems to be a drama at first given the progress of chords but soon comes into oddly charming melancholy. As if an organ couldn’t reach the striking straight-forwardness of strings which fulfill this composition with their delicate, yet very patient micro-world. As Smalley and Samoylenko evolve Bleu Polar towards its end, this micro-cosmos starts to negate the physical laws and unfolds into macro-space, gaining a spectacular wideness with a honeyed bliss. What once sounded as a organ-based melodrama becomes a cello-led beauty. Paths is going to be a honourable follower of Pine. Be sure to check another track, not shorter than eight-minutes sonic trip, Amber Balanced, too.