The album Between the days by OVOD is an improvised, loosely structured and surprisingly beautiful collection of emotions through sound. Wide ranging effects, tense crescendos, ethereal resolutions and panning waves of mood disguised as just tones. There is more to this music than any average critique could begin to describe. It belongs in a movie or digital short because I see so many scenes in my head as they play out in eerie continuity. Each track has an air of mystery and intrigue matched with a sense of alarm and reproach, not exactly the usual fare for easy listening.
It’s difficult to really separate each song from the others without delving deep into the science of spontaneity and being purely cerebral composition. I think it would entail picking the Russian artist’s brain to really understand what makes this record tick. Ivan Lavrov tells an esoteric tale on Between the Days. I can’t help but imagine myself immersed in a sea of mind-altering substances or sedated from illness, fatigue, lolling away to these flowing tapestries of spiritual awareness. In the right setting this album could make a difference in how you experience music. In my eyes, that enrapture seems unavoidable.
Between the Days is a cinematic journey through electronic fields that grips the mind with textural interplay and inescapably isolated sensations, at times off putting and unsettling and other times oddly uplifting. The feelings grow with each passing second as long as you allow yourself to sink into the chasm. “Butterfly Day” is anything but a prance in the grass with fluttering little bugs.
To be honest, it’s a touch apocalyptic and that could be said for all these tracks. Not in the sense of this epic disaster or large scale defeat, but more like the aftermath of desolation when all there is left to do is survey the barren cities and landscapes, while the wind carries the ashes like a choking gale of broken futures. In the end, Between the days will no doubt leave a defining impression on you whether that brings out a positive or negative association. I suggest turning the light down low and bracing yourself for some meditative musings.
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