Artist: Gardens of God
Title: River/Ghost EP
Release Date: 23/09/2016
Gardens Of God may not be a name you are instantly familiar with. Nevertheless, the Lithuanian has been busying himself for over ten years crafting film and television scores, before finally bursting onto the dance scene back in 2014. Here he serves up a double header on his own Sodai imprint, a label designed to allow him to experiment and release material at his own pace.
‘River’ comes first, a bold slice of progressive techno, which transports the listener to some dark industrial warehouse in the early hours. Cavernous reverb drenches the track and the gloomy atmospherics tip their hat to the producer’s track record in soundtracks and scores. The whole thing is illuminated by an echoing analog synth line, which flows through the track and is slightly reminiscent of some of Bodzin’s towering melodies. Pitch shifted snares build the track to a peak and it becomes very apparent why Maceo Plex picked the producer for his own Ellum imprint. Minimal but effective, this is a fine piece of twisted warehouse techno.
‘Ghost’ comes next, darker than a dinner party at Don Corleone’s, this muscular piece of industrial deep techno, thumps away with brutal relentlessness. The track runs the risk of losing its way when it’s suddenly warped into a black hole of effects before a spectral voice finally emerges from the darkness. Eerie and edgy, this could really work well on the right floors. After a few initial doubts Gardens Of God won me over with his minimal but powerful production.
Sometimes less is more and he is clearly a sonic craftsman of the highest order.