If for whatever reason you made me pick one word to describe Olan Mill’s Path album, I’d have to go with “rich”. Rich, as Merriam-Webster defines it “full and mellow in tone and quality.” This, completely. Simple and delicate, but beautiful and nuanced. This is what I want to call modern classical. A much more stripped down approach, minimal but not minimalist. This is evocative, stirring stuff, subtle and elegant and all using only guitar, pipe organ and violin.
As a reviewer I’ve been sitting on this album for a few weeks, listening to it over and over. Everyone’s familiar with the old cliche that a picture is worth 1000 words. Even though I usually never write that many, the truth of that statement applies to Path. Taking the opportunity to listen for yourselves will tell you more than I ever could. My only purpose here is to call to your attention that you should.