Properly Chilled Review- 07/05
Mohan's "As Is Where Is" combines the musical style of Delerium with the rich vocal tones of Olive, and although singer Havilah comes across slightly less soulful, the delivery is just as longing. And when comparing Mohan to Delerium, it's not the more recent sound, its a reference to classic "Semantic Spaces" era Delerium.
Each song in this album is a combination of sweeping, spacey synths, warm, sensual moods, thick bass lines, and smooth, mellow beats that yearn to make a more than surface level connection with their listener.
If you're familiar with the regional style of Northwestern US downtempo music, you'll easily spot the influence in Mohan, which reveals itself strongly in the vocal style, organic-inorganic synth work and percussive rhythms. Thrown into the mix, you'll also hear a little Latin flavor and some jazz influence that reaches back to the early experience of Mohan founder, Dave Nugent.
This album is a true surprise and highly recommended for fans of "Semantic Spaces" era Delerium, Olive, or those seeking emotionally based, electronic downtempo music with feminine atmospheres and smooth beats.