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Donner — Hesitant Light
(Apollon Records AP081, 2021, CD / LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2022-03-15

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Donner started as White Willow / The Opium Cartel frontman Jacob Holm-Lupo’s solo project using synths and effects to explore the atmospheric instrumentals associated with 80s John Carpenter films and Tangerine Dream soundtracks. Along the way he engaged other musicians to offset the mechancial rhythms of drum machines and sequencers: Georg Wadenius (guitar), Brynjar Dambo (lead synth), Keith Carlock (drums), Hedevig Mollestad (guitar), and Marte Eberson (vocals). Their motto became “moods and grooves,” which led to inspirations from George Duke and Herbie Hancock all the way to the soundtrack to Escape from New York. If you are a fan of Tangerine Dream movie soundtracks, you will find enjoyment in “Melancholy City,” “Night by Night,” “Escape from Plague,” and “Devil’s Highway.” And for George Duke and Herbie Hancock fans there is the title track, “Dance of the Swallows,” “Street Heat,” and  “Coda Street Heathaze.” Plus the additional tracks “Floating World” with its sequencer driven pop, and the dark electronic “Andromeda Waltz” round out the album. Not exactly my cup of tea, but this is a finely crafted and executed album.

Filed under: New releases, 2021 releases

Related artist(s): Hedvig Mollestad, Jacob Holm-Lupo / Telepath, Donner

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