Autumn Mornings by OVODRelease date: April 5, 2017
Working under the moniker of OVOD, musician and composer Ivan Lavrov has offered an intriguing string of releases, ones that tie into the aesthetics and concepts of genres ranging from post-rock to experimental to ambient, but never once strictly abiding by any particular one. This has resulted in releases that offer a much more interesting headspace to get lost in that what one would expect from just one single genre. On his latest release, we see Lavrov this time focusing solely on the ambient genre, but this time throwing his own flair into the mix and creating a very intriguing release.
Lavrov’s latest release Autumn Mornings seems to move away from the more versatile and varied release of Between The Days, and whilst that might raise an eyebrow of caution, the result has worked incredibly well. Across four tracks, we’re presented with an incredibly heavy and thick sounding synthetic ambient notion, one that pulses and ebbs into the scene, feeling oddly stark and cold and wonderfully futuristic. Each track connects into each other, creating a larger sense of an album experience, whilst also feeling individually unique in comparison to each other as they flow into their own concept. It’s a wonderful balance between creating a larger picture, but also having a sense of versatility and difference between the tracks.
Whilst Autumn Mornings is perhaps a little less adventurous than some of Lavrov’s previous releases, there’s a very strong sense of a larger context being present on this album, something that was perhaps missing on those earlier albums. Across the four tracks, we’re presented with something quite dark and unsettling, and as the tracks morph into other ideas and concepts, those same feelings remain ever present, continuing that journey as we navigate along it. Whilst a little unsettling, the overall experience is one that is oddly medative in its own right.
Lavrov’s latest work certainly conjures up a very interesting headspace, one that feels thick with tension and apprehension. The nature of the work itself has come along at a rather interesting time, as the thick oozing layers of synths feels reminiscent of another recent work in the same sort of genre by Justin Walter. On Autumn Mornings though, we see a more darker atmosphere being pursued, which helps show different ideas launching off from similar concepts. It seems Lavrov is an artist willing to explore each and every muse he finds himself with, which in turn, lets him explore new ideas and concepts with each release.