“We Never Came to the White Sea” is a soundtrack and (the first) concept album by Johan Agebjörn and his friend/neighbour/collaborator Mikael Ögren to an unreleased (and unedited) road movie filmed in Russian Karelia, where Mr. Agebjörn’s grandfather was born. This region, which used to belong to Finland, has an old culture, beautiful countrysides and is sparsely populated. All these elements proved most inspiring for making music with all the track titles reflect the actual story.
This all has worked out well, offering one hour of fresh, varied and expansive electronic music, wordless vocals along fine rhythms of which the overall production is very ‘90s-inspired (synthesizers used by Fax artists, such as the Roland JD-800 were applied). I love the mélange of intimate yet lyrical-atmospheric paintings next to some slick groovy excursions such as “The Lights of Lakhkolampi”, the spicy/sequencer-driven and slightly vocoder-dressed “Relentless Rain over Ladog” or the acid-ambient making up “The Rajakarjala Forests”.
It all makes most curious for the actual journey and documentary it all was composed for, not the least due to the intruiging emotive current embedded in the music. Although sonically different, some of this creates a similar cinematic feel as the works of Boreal Taiga.
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