Gardens of God’s 10-track debut is a melodic, life-affirming journal of the Lithuanian DJ/producer’s spiritual rebirth into fresh creativity. His album is honest, contemplative, yet with all the technical skill and cinematic sensibility, you would expect from a classically-trained musician with a successful history writing film soundtracks.
With well-received remixes and EPs on Maceo Plex’s Ellum imprint, the artist (aka Mindaugas Lapinskis) has been rising fast on the electronic scene, with solid support from names such as Adam Beyer, Sam Paganini, Stephan Bodzin, Adriatique, B.Traits and Pete Tong. He founded his own label SODAI so he could express himself with no compromises.
“At one point I felt lost, the world spinning so fast I couldn’t catch it. So, I made a soundtrack for the movie I live in.”
The LP takes you from uplifting piano and slow drum meditations like ‘All About NOW’ ft Aparde’s blissful vocals and ‘BIRDS’, with its dripping water and cool lush ferns, to cinematic cuts peppered with off-the-wall elements and a jazzy vibe in ‘Point of No Return’ and ‘River’. Several tracks are vocal-centred: ‘Stills’ is more of a song than a track, with ‘Vaarwell’s’ warm vocals and a choral backing, while ‘Shade of Indecision’ showcases Myriah Turner speaking poetic lyrics. Fans will welcome reworks of his double A side ‘RIVER’/’GHOST’, Sodai’s debut release, as the label’s promising beginnings come to fruition.
“The album was started and never finished many times from fear of being misunderstood, but global and personal crises free me from doubt. Now here I am with all my melodies waiting to be heard.”
‘Soundtrack for the End’ is out on February 26th on SODAI.
01. All About NOW (ft. Aparde)
02. Point of No Return
03. RIVER (Remake)
04. Shade of Indecision (ft. Myriah Turner)
06. Color Blind
07. Stills (ft. Vaarwell)
08. Funeral Techno
10. GHOST (Remake)
Press shot by Visvaldas Morkevicius.