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Plenty of raw creativity but generic music needs its own identity - 75%

NausikaDalazBlindaz, August 1st, 2019

Onto his fourth album (and eighth recording), one-man BM project Veldes still finds plenty of raw inspiration and energy from his Lake Bled forest and mountain environment. This energy and fury run through the music all the way from start to finish, firing off those frantic tremolo guitar batteries, the blast-beat synth percussion and the raspy vocals that could scour a shopload of filthy saucepans into shiny clean in five minutes flat. Each track boasts head-nodding, toe-tapping pop-friendly folk melodies, some of which may be the highlights of particular songs like "Lore of Forgotten Despair", where they help express high melancholy drama.

But I find once I get used to the energy of the music - and its electricity does seem to dim a bit over the progress over the album - I am left with poppy songs that have a generic feel and which most people would find hard to associate with a particular region in alpine Europe. Veldes has released enough material by now that he should feel comfortable introducing elements of pre-Christian Slovene religion into his music to interest his fans. The heavy reliance on synthetic percussion seems to impose a kind of burden on the music to follow its beats and rhythms. This means some of the music that could have been a bit slower to capture an ambience or a mood feels a bit too rushed and the opportunity to hold that ambience or mood for audiences is lost forever. Even genuine non-acoustic moments have a rushed feel and can seem superficial.

Longtime fans of Veldes will undoubtedly love this album for what it is - Veldes at his raw emotional atmospheric BM best, doing no more and no less - but some might be thinking that he could be doing more with his music than he is, by relying not so much on keyboards to convey sentimental material on a track like "The Breeze among Felled Trees" but instead doing something that takes him, the music and his fans far out beyond their comfort zones and into another dimension they might find they like.