Misty mountains and serene valleys are what Anton Kubkov is about, and ‘Whatness’ does a great job in painting those images for the listener, especially on headphones. ‘Timeless’ is just that, the music hanging in space, while on a couple of the tracks there is a closer focus achieved through Kubkov’s use of the piano, as in the darker shades of the autumnal ‘Oktober’. ‘Elusive’ is a particularly beautiful track, creating musical images like shapes dancing over a fire, while for ‘North’ the listener is transported into what sounds like the workings of an intricate clock system. ‘Mintnight’ creates a rarefied atmosphere, too – something that Kubkov achieves in almost all of the tracks making up this thoroughly ambient but often hypnotic album.

Anton Kubikov – North (Official Video)