Classically-trained electronic composer, DJ, and journalist Marcel Gherman hails from the Eastern European nation of Moldova. While much of his music is very Experimental (examples on this MySpace page), he has written a number of cinematic tracks that bring the film scores of Vangelis to mind (examples on Megatone's other MySpace page).
Usually, I only review physical albums, but I like to give Independent Artists a break on that sort of thing; In this case, electronic distribution is a boon, because it allows you to only buy one part of the album (if you're only inclined toward one of Megatone's styles). Pure Land is kind of like two EPs stuck together. I'm only going to review the first part of album, because the rest is rooted firmly in the realm of Experimental music, which I am neither inclined nor qualified to discuss.
The songs which I am reviewing here aren't exactly Nu Ambient - rather, they're representative of the true Ambient genre. Ambient music, particularly the Experimental subgenre, is generally unconcerned with pitch and rhythm, focusing rather on the texture of sound. As an experienced Experimental Ambient composer, Marcel Gherman is a master of timbre. Megatone's engineering and synthesis is extremely competent; Pure Land is as polished as any commercial release.
Gherman cites a number of film scores among his influences, and these tracks remind me favorably of Vangelis' cinematic style. Sunset On Coruscant(3) sounds like it could have been an unreleased cut from the "Blade Runner" soundtrack; it's borderline derivative, but I'm always sad to hear it end after a mere minute and a half. Black Lotus(2) and Nirvana(4) are slow, mournful, and epic. The longer Infinity(1) is more optimistic, and seems to be divided into two movements, the second of which veers into the Experimental realm.
If you like electronic film music, you should certainly check out the first four tracks of Pure Land. If you're unfamiliar with Ambient Experimental, but want to learn what it's all about, this album provides a rare opportunity to compare a competent composer's traditional and experimental work.