Recorded: 2009-2010 at White Art Studio
Label: Earth Mantra (US) | Catalog: Earman168
Style: Ambient, Space Music, New Age
Digital quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Size: 159 mb
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earman168 - EugeneKha - Low Sky
Our friend Evgenij Kharitonov returns to Earth Mantra with another resplendent
collection of ambient electronic pieces called "Low Sky".
One of the hallmarks of Kharitonov's music is his surprising diversity. Every
time we think we have figured out what genre label to apply to his music, he
produces a new release that confounds our previous definitions. Thus far, on
Earth Mantra alone, Evgenij has covered territory as far separated as dark
ambience, light ambience, space music, electronic new age, textural ambience,
and experimentalism. And now, with "Low Sky", he delivers a single album that
neatly encapsulates this broad array of ambient subgenres, an assembly of
delightfully varying pieces that showcases Evgenij's multifaceted talents, and
serves as a perfect introduction to his masterful work.
One might be tempted to think of this diversity as a dissimilarity, a random
collection of unrelated tracks. One would be wrong to do so, however, for there
are several common threads between these pieces that pull them all together into
a truly satisfying album.
One such thread is the remarkable tonality of the music. In past releases,
Evgenij has danced on the fringe of tonality, taking care to include as much
texture and structure as lushness and musicality. With "Low Sky", however, he
completely embraces melody and tone, Even the title track, ostensibly a drone
study with noise overtones, keeps one foot firmly in the realm of concrete
tonality. We think fans of light ambience and of space music will find much to
love in this album.
The other common thread is the sound design. Evgenij has long demonstrated his
mastery of sound sculpture, his ability to take relatively simple,
straightforward elements and cleverly combine them into music of great depth and
interest. With "Low Sky", he applies this singular talent to the world of tonal
space music, yielding a collection of pieces that simply blows us away.
Remarkable, remarkable work.
So with great pleasure, Earth Mantra unveils "Low Sky", the latest release by
Russian maestro EugeneKha. A genuinely great album that we highly recommend to
all of our listening audience.
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