Philip E Morris Åkerblad aka PeMA is a composer and music producer from Sweden who recently released a gorgeous album entitled TREEFALL. Right off the bat I knew I was in for something special when I hit play. The music PeMa makes is often a ethereal concoction of sounds that brim with emotion and raw feeling.
One thing that is imperative when making music especially music as layered as this is the attention to detail when it comes to production. It’s obvious the PeMa has not only has taken his time in this regard but has an ear for aesthetics. Take for example the first track “New Beginnings” where PeMa covers his guitar in the perfect amount of reverb that combines with orchestral strings, bells and more to create lush soundscapes. The track is a personal favorite of mine and sounds somewhere between Madredeus and Sigur Rós.
The second track “Mes(s)merized” contains more kinetic energy and could have easily gone in an overly grandiose U2 kind of way but doesn’t. PeMa instead displays restraint and rides a nostalgic wave of sound but doesn’t go overboard. “Analyzise” revolves around a thick electronic drum beat, cascading orchestral strings, bells and guitars that are dosed in a heavy amount of reverb. As the song progresses it becomes more intense until about halfway through it breaks and dissipates. PeMa strategically places loose percussion into the crevices of the track further displaying his keen sense of taste and style.
“Beyond Words” is one of the most visceral songs on the album as it contains a sense of triumph. The drums sound organic here and when combined with the other sounds is quite powerful. The album ends with the title track “TREEFALL” which had a new age type vibe. Not a bad song but not a personal highlight.
Overall, there are very few missteps of TREEFALL. Some of the songs reach incredible heights and PeMa unequivocally displays talent when it comes to creating sprawling cinematic soundscapes that resonate with your heart. Highly Recommended.
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