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A BLUE OCEAN DREAM - The Sea (cd-r)

 
A PRODUCE - A Smooth Surface (cd-r)

 
A PRODUCE - Black Sands (cd-r)

 
A PRODUCE - Inscape and Landscape (cd)

 
A PRODUCE - Land of a Thousand Trances (cd-r)

 
A PRODUCE - Reflect like a Mirror, Respond like an Echo (cd)

 
A PRODUCE - Smile on the Void (cd)

 
A PRODUCE - White Sands (cd)

 
A PRODUCE & LOREN NERELL - Intangible (cd)

 
A PRODUCE & M. GRIFFIN - Altara (cd)

 
A PRODUCE & RUBEN GARCIA - Early Sessions (cd-r)

 
AAIRRIA - Urbanisation (cd)

 
ABANDONED ASYLUM - Derelicts of Distant Hope (cd)

 
ABANDONED TOYS - The Witch's Garden (cd)

 
ACHELOO - Dream (CD-R/Digital Download)

 
ACHELOO - Ishtar (cd-r)

 
ACHELOO - Sirens (cd-r)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Atmospheres (cd/digital download)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Desert Realms (cd)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Distant Stars (cd)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Kinetic Flow (Sequencer Sketches Vol. 1) (cd)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Moonwater (cd)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Subantarctica (Atmospheric Works Vol.1) (cd-r)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - The Healing Lake (cd)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Twilight (Atmospheric Works Vol. 2) (cd-r)

 
KEES AERTS - If One Door Closes (cd)

 
KEES AERTS - Slices of Time (cd)

 
AES DANA - Aftermath 2.0 Archives of Peace (Digital Download)

 
AES DANA - Leylines (cd)

 
AES DANA - Perimeters (cd)

 
AES DANA - Pollen (CD/Digital Download)

 
AETOPUS - Memories of the Elder (cd)

 
JOHAN AGEBJöRN - Mossebo (cd)

 
JOHAN AGEBJöRN - Music With Less Electricity (Digital Download)

 
JOHAN AGEBJöRN - The Mountain Lake (cd)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Attrition System (cd)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Before the Moon (cd)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Burn (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Fjord Transit (cd)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Quark Soup (cd)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - TranceAtlantic (cd)

 
AIRWAVES - Ambient Tracks (cd)

 
AIRWAVES - Second Shift (cd)

 
AKIKAZE - The Age of Deception (cd-r)

 
ALEMIS - The Music of Alemis Vol. 1 (cd-r)

 
ALIEN NATURE - Anna (cd-r)

 
ALIO DIE - Deconsecrated and Pure (CD/Digital Download)

 
ALIO DIE & JACK OR JIVE - Mei-Jyu (cd)

 
ALIO DIE & MARTINA GALVAGNI - Eleusian Lullaby (cd)

 
ALIO DIE & PARALLEL WORLDS - Circo Divino (cd)

 
ALIO DIE & YANNICK DAUBY - Descendre cinq lacs au travers d'une voilé (CD-EP)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Archaic Frontiers (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Architexture of Silence (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Beyond Silence (cd-r)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Celestial Chronicles (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Cosmic Mandala (cd-r)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Cosmology (cd)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Drifted Into Deeper Lands (cd)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Eolian Reflections (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Exiled Particles Vol. I Archive 1997-2005 (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Horizons (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Myriad Stars (Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Soniq Variants (cd-r)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Terra (dvd-r)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - The Mystic and the Machine (cd-r)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - The Regions Between (cd-r)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Transcendence (cd)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Yasumu (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT & JIM COLE - Bislama (cd-r)

 
ALPHALYRA - From Berlin to Paris (cd-r/Digital download)

 
ALPHALYRA & MOONSATELLITE - Live in Nancy 2013 (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ALQUIMIA & RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Garden of Dreams (cd)

 
ALTUS - Black Trees Among Amber Skies (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - City of Ashes (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Coma Cluster (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Complex Silence 22 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Ecotone (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Excursion Three (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Excursion Two (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Macro (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Rapid Eye Movements (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Sleep Theory Volume 1 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Sleep Theory Volume 2 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Symmetry & Shadow (Singles Collection Vol. 2) (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - The Grand Expanse (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - The Sidereal Cycle 1 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - The Sidereal Cycle 2 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - The Sidereal Cycle 3 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - The Sidereal Cycle 4 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS & TRX - Crossroads (Digital Download)

 
THE AMARANTH SIGNAL - Penumbra (cd-r)

 
AMBIENTIUM - Fractal Philosophy (cd-r)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Aphelion (cd)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Aurorae (Digital Download EP)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Emblem (cd)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Evermind (cd)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Isabliss (cd)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Odonata (cd)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Transience (Digital Download)

 
THE AMNIS INITIATIVE - Distant Dreams (Digital Download)

 
THE AMNIS INITIATIVE - Sanctuary Rising (Digital Download)

 
AMONGST MYSELVES - Ambient, Landscape and Space (cd-r/dvd-r)

 
AMONGST MYSELVES - Auburn Silhouette (cd)

 
AMONGST MYSELVES - Fragments (cd)

 
AMONGST MYSELVES - Sacred Black (cd)

 
AMONGST MYSELVES - The Past is Another Country (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ANALOG SWEDEN - Moments Lost (music and art inspired by the movie (CD/Digital Download/LP)

 
ANANDA NIDRA - Blissfull Sleep (cd)

 
JACK ANDREWS - Electrokinesis (cd-r)

 
MIKE ANDREWS - Time & Science (cd)

 
ANDYMIAN - In the Garden of the Rainy King (cd)

 
ANOMALOUS DISTURBANCES - Archive Three (cd-r)

 
ANOMALOUS DISTURBANCES - Archive Two (cd-r)

 
ANOMALOUS DISTURBANCES - HovR (cd-r)

 
ANOMALOUS DISTURBANCES - Inside (cd-r)

 
ANOMALOUS DISTURBANCES - The Spirit Molecule (cd-r)

 
VINCENT GABRIEL ANTONINI - Unforeseen (cd-r)

 
ANTRILON - Mind Erase (cd)

 
APERUS - Hinterland (Ep)

 
APERUS - Tumbleweed obfuscated by camera failure (cd-r)

 
APOLLONIUS - Birth of the Real Self (Digital Download)

 
APOLLONIUS & 33 TETRAGAMMON - Ascension (Digital Download)

 
APOLLONIUS & 33 TETRAGAMMON - Core (Digital Download)

 
AQUA DORSA - The November Earth (cd)

 
AQUAVOICE - Cold (cd)

 
AQUAVOICE - Memories (cd)

 
ARC - Church (cd)

 
ARC - Fracture (cd)

 
ARC - Octane (cd/digital download)

 
ARC - Rise (cd-r)

 
ARC - Umbra (CD/Digital Download)

 
ARCANE - A Tale of Unease (Digital Download)

 
ARCANE - Alterstill (cd)

 
ARCANE - The Shelter (cd-r)

 
ARCANE - Tomorrow’s Wasteland (cd-r)

 
ARCANUM - Arcanum (cd)

 
GASTóN ARéVALO - Rollin Ballads (CD/Digital Download)

 
ARKHA NOUS - Tria (cd)

 
CHRIS ARMSTRONG - A.I. Awakens (cd)

 
ARROCATA - Desert Electric (cd-r)

 
ARROCATA - In the Distance (cd)

 
ARROCATA - The Painter (cd-r)

 
ARRONIZ - Contacto (cd)

 
ART OF INFINITY - Dimension Universe (cd)

 
ART OF INFINITY - Raumwerk (CD/Digital Download)

 
AS IF - Faraway Trees Standing Still (cd)

 
AS IF - In my Room (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
ASH RA TEMPEL - Friendship (cd)

 
ASHEN SIMIAN - Omicron in Ostrobothnian Finsternis (cd-r)

 
ASHEN SIMIAN - Spinal Staircase (cd/Digital Download)

 
ASHERA - Ambient Selections (cd)

 
ASHERA - Cobalt 144 (cd)

 
ASHERA - Colour Glow (cd)

 
ASHERA - Enviro (cd)

 
ASHERA - We Gaia (cd)

 
ASHERA & BRANNAN LANE - Sextant (cd)

 
DWIGHT ASHLEY & TIM STORY - Drop (cd)

 
DWIGHT ASHLEY & TIM STORY - Standing + Falling (cd)

 
DWIGHT ASHLEY - Discrete Carbon (cd)

 
ASHRA - New Age of Earth (cd)

 
ASHTORETH'S GATE - Ashtoreth's Gate (cd)

 
ASTROGATOR - Dreamlight (cd-r)

 
ASTROPILOT - Solar Walk (CD/Digital Download)

 
ASTROVOYAGER - Symphotronic Lunation (cd)

 
ASURA - 360 (cd)

 
ASURA - Life 2 (cd)

 
ASYMMETRIC - From Nowhere Came (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
CAN ATILLA - Ave (cd)

 
CAN ATILLA - Concorde (cd)

 
CAN ATILLA - Hi-Story (cd)

 
ATRIUM CARCERI - Cellblock (cd)

 
AUGUST WHEN - The Hour Before Midnight (cd-r)

 
AUREALITY - Sense (cd-r)

 
AUROM - Secret Garden (Digital Download EP)

 
AUSTRALIS - Lifegiving (cd)

 
AUSTRALIS - Sentient Genus (cd)

 
AUSTRALIS - The Gates of Reality (cd)

 
PAUL AVGERINOS - Muse of the Round Sky (cd)

 
PAUL AVGERINOS - Sky of Grace (cd)

 
PAUL AVGERINOS - Words Touch (cd)

 
AWENSON - Beyond The Galaxies (cd-r)

 
AWENSON - Saphonic (cd)

 
AWENSON - Wizard (CD)

 
AXESS - Fusion (cd)

 
AXESS - Voices of Dawn (cd)

 
AZUL Y NEGRO - Deja Vu (cd)


JOHAN AGEBJöRN
The Mountain Lake
CD, LotusPike, 2011
After more than two years, Swedish composer Johan Agebjörn delivers his second album on the prestigious LotusPike label. It’s an example of fresh and catchy contemporary electronics with that typical but indefinable arctic rim.

The influence of trance and dance is clearer on the 13 up-tempo instrumentals that fill "The Mountain Lake", that is graced with a beautiful melodic sound design next to a nice assortment of rhythms and sequencer patterns.

The opening track "Spacer Woman from Mars" is a great start of the sonic journey, which aptly blends ambience and emotions with influences of sf-movies, the Swedish landscape, ‘80’s disco tunes ("Amylium Casparium", "The Stones are Blasted") and even Buddhism ("Spiral Staircase", "Last Tram to Comet Square").

I really like the great sense for detail, spaciousness and warmth that runs as a consistent tread through Agebjörn’s fine crafted compositions, of which some have a certain immersive effect ("Zero Gravitation", "Take me Home", "Love Ray").


The album ends with a remix version of "Siberian Train" (a track that appeared on Johan’s previous album "Mossebo") immersing the listener in a Giorgio Moroder-like, hypnotizing realm.

In my opinion, the great balance of intimacy, honesty and the joy of freedom that shines through the vibrant music of the well accomplished and excellently produced "The Mountain Lake" makes it something special. Chapeau Johan!

Website: www.johanagebjorn.info

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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