Ltd digipak CDr + booklet on Hidden Vibes. Edition of 100 copies.
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This is really nice. I'm making a very gentle start today in the company of A Model Kit, aka Russia's Maxim Popov. He's got this ridiculously limited CD out this week in the world's glossiest digipak. I can see my face in it! There's a little booklet of mysterious art printed on thick textured card too. "May remind you of Sigur Ros, Olafur Arnalds and Mum," says the press release.
Popov constructs a sensitive and intricate mixture of drifty ambience and electronic beats alongside more neoclassical arrangements full of moody strings and plaintive piano. He has an interesting and varied approach, though. 'Polonaise In C Major' is fairly straightly-delivered neoclassical material with dramatic violins and only the subtlest of beats, and 'Voltage' relies on sadly plodding piano reminiscent of the 'Donnie Darko' soundtrack, but elsewhere he has an almost anarchic touch, blurring and obscuring the musicality with mysterious foggy textures, dub-echoed sample loops and woozy synth lines on 'Lights/Bay', and stretching piano sustain into a redemptive drone framework for his lush string melodies in 'Lullaby For D'.
It seems like a real labour of love, with production values that belie its ridiculously short print run. A thoughtful and very pretty album for people who like the sweeping stringy sadness and subtle electronics of people like Craig Armstrong or Chapelier Fou.
8/10 Jojo 9th August 2014
I bought this on a whim, as it ticked all the right boxes for the kind of music I quite enjoy. Absolutely not disappointed! I would think that most would call it "background" music, but its floaty and dreamy in all the right places. Hints of Sigur Ros at their ambient best, lots of dreamy Max Richter violins scattered throughout.
Not sure where the term Neo Classical came from, but back in my record store days (late eighties, early nineties, yes, I'm an old bird) we would have classified this as Contemporary Classical. When did Neo Classical start? Either way, it's bloody lovely.
And there's only 100 copies, so if you enjoy this type of sound scape, get a copy, plop on your headphones, as I shall be doing for my second listen, relax and dream away.
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