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- Chrysalis by Andrey Kiritchenko
9/10 Mike Staff review, 20 November 2012
Ooh, this is a bit of a treat. To my shame I hadn’t heard of this Andrey Kiritchenko fella (or if I had, I’d forgotten his name) until I discovered this record on my review pile this morning, in a fancy shiny sleeve on fancy smoky-coloured vinyl. Since it looks so pretty and there are musicians listed on the back playing clarinet, double bass and violin I initially thought this might be some kind of chamber neoclassical type business, but in fact what’s happening here is altogether more complicated than that.
Kiritchenko is in fact blending electronics and acoustic instruments in constantly shifting melodic progressions which combine Philip Glass-esque minimalism and slightly jazzy acoustic arrangements which fall in a welcome space somewhere between Chapelier Fou and Jaga Jazzist. Along with the woodwind and strings there’s plenty of xylophone and piano twinkling out the rest of the soundstage and it’s really quite a lush, transportational collection of tracks.
Particularly enjoying Gendel Krechkovskiy’s nimble double bass playing, reminding me a little of Ingebrigt Haker Flaten’s sterling work on the insta-classic ‘Cherry Thing’ LP earlier in the year. My highlight of the LP has to be penultimate track ‘A Sack Of Winds’, which disintegrates into Shadow-meets-Morricone glitch-spook genius at the end in a way which never ceases to delight me. There’s a lightness of touch and casual melodicism to all this disparate chaos which somehow keeps it from ever straying the wrong side of tasteful, and I have to say it’s very rare to hear jazz and electronic music working together so agreeably. It’s indulgently enjoyable from start to finish...I think I’m going to have to buy one for myself - a mouthwatering mixture of chamber jazz and detailed electronics.
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