Plafond 06 is the long-awaited follow-up to Haron’s 2018 tour de force ‘Wandelaar’, a largely piano-centered modern classical ambient album that appeared in a whole bunch of end-of-year lists that year. For his new project on Bakk Haron enlisted the talents of Finnish-Glaswegian artist Cucina Povera (make sure to check out her totally awesome 2018 album ‘Hilja’ and the more recent ‘Zoom’ and ‘Tyyni’ if you have the chance), whose ethereal experimental vocals add a new dimension to Haron’s exquisite soundscapes.
By trading in the piano that was a dominant factor on ‘Wandelaar’ for a more organ-based sound, Haron is directing his artistic vision into new directions with great effect. Opener ‘Riffittelyä 1’ starts out as an esoteric dreampop lullaby that morphs into an abstract sound collage slowly giving way to the eerily quiet poetry of second and third parts with its ominous cinematic strings. The last part of ‘Riffittelyä’ may well be closest to a song in the traditional sense of the word - a melancholic and slowly meandering sound saga with vocal experimentation in the finest Enya/Elisabeth Fraser-tradition with a DIY-twist, underpinned by a heavy yet crystal clear church organ. The instrumental ‘Maandag, Spiegeldag’ (‘Monday, Mirror Day’) is the most introverted piece here. It’s an emotionally charged ambient piece that leaves plenty of room for reflection. Povera experiments with ancient Northern song structures and vocal drone on closer ‘Ajatus’ by layering harmonies and melodies to mesmerizing effect. It’s the perfect finale to this wondrous and wonderfully adventurous miracle music mini album that can turn from ominous to pretty in a matter of seconds at any time without ever losing its unique charm (RO).