While Petar Dundov's latest album is certainly more laid-back than the storming intensity of his Brother's Yard releases, he hasn't sacrificed creativity, ideas or imagination in the process. Admittedly, the Croatian's 2010 single for Music Man, "Distant Shores", also included here, did edge close to mainstream Ibiza dance music, but it did so with an irresistible flair and panache and an understanding of what used to be popular on the White Isle, its pulsing electronic bassline supporting synth solos that verge on the psychedelic. Although it largely eschews the dance floor, the rest of Ideas From The Pond resonates with a similar sense of history. The title track is a perfectly weighted, sun-kissed ambient affair, its melody swirling gently over lazy mid-tempo beats that were made for Cafe Del Mar. "Together" provides the missing link between Leftfield at their most introspective - think the alternate versions of "Song of Life" - and Vangelis, as synths swell and ebb majestically and it's crying out to soundtrack a movie. "Around One" and "Tetra Float" are wonderfully atmospheric compositions, with spine-tingling keys and spacey melodies realised with a warm, soft-focus production touch. Unlike many of his peers, Ideas From The Pond shows that Dundov is not treading water and has grown older, wiser and more creative.
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