Balan Florin follows up his wonderful One Transcendent Moment EP as Adverb for Etoka Records with a beautiful full-length of piano-laden ambient music, delicately arranged over his characteristic Adverb drones.
Florin trades his guitar for piano on JADI, making heavy use of seriously spaced-out chords, (audible on many of the album’s tracks, most notably “Umbral”), which have been treated in varying ways as either the primary feature of each of his mixes, or to supplement his rich pad work as background accents.
JADI at times–especially after a quick glance of all of the song titles on the record–feels like a more therapeutic and perhaps sadder group of tracks than his previous EP for Etoka, but often Adverb’s optimistic side comes through in his ambiguously defined motifs.
Whether it’s his dabbling in field recordings on “Plenum”, or his detailed textures of drones on “Illusion of Happiness”, Adverb’ distinctive, clean ambient sound always shines through with much character. There’s a pureness to his drones and use of negative space that makes listening positively disorienting while tip-toeing in nostalgia just enough to remind you of your emotional capabilities as a human being.
JADI, start to finish, is a wonderful work of properly paced ambient sound that finds a comfortable identity where many ambient releases struggle to stand out.
Artist: Adverb | Album: JADI | Released: June 2015
Label: Etoka Records | Genre: Ambient