Dmitry Evragof joins the currently quite rich scene of young neo-classical piano-based composers with Collage. This record is pleasing on the ear, with Evragof using his compositional talents to build up sweeping orchestral movements around his stately piano. A grand record indeed, on FatCat sub-label 130701.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 14 October 2015
Remember that time you went to the forest to be one with nature and you got mud on your shoes but it was totally worth it because the trees swayed and the sun shone and you got lost in the shrubbery of life? Yeah, that was pretty great. Not as great as Twitter though. Sometimes, you can’t just be alone, and you turn around some unsuspecting corner of tall branches to find a neo-classical composer navigating his well-armored orchestra. Please welcome Dmitry Evgrafov, the latest in a long list of dudes making serene music that sounds like fertilised soil.
‘Collage’ begins like the sun breaking through the sky, with violins pulling apart the clouds and harps announcing daylight. On first take, Evgrafov might recall the gorgeous new age works of Virginia Astley, whose first record of orchestral nature music invited birds chirping and bells tolling. As this salvo fades away, though, “Sway” comes in, taking away the joyous energy Evgrafov has begun with and separating him from the outside world with a calmed, gorgeously imbalanced piano piece. Moving subtly and tactfully through the timbres, he turns it into the foggily produced, wall-shaking “Invitation”, all without pause.
Some moments are bold and typically explorative: Evgrafov uses “Fracture” to consider the age old question of What If Neo-Classical But Also Electronics? The results are rather pretty but amp up ‘Collage’ in disorientating ways, with xylophonic twinklings taking place near rushing strings and barbed wire synth. The result is more “Sky Full Of Stars” Coldplay than it is Nils Frahm wonderland, but it’s ultimately a nicely decorated slab of melodrama. “Garage”, meanwhile, sounds parts like synthed new age you’d find on an old, dusty blog, part Amon Tobin in a day’s work sound effecting, and part like the ice drone of Kara Lis-Coverdale.
All in all, Evgrafov has a massive palette -- don’t be out hiking too long, or you’ll miss out on all the drone futurism, tick-tocking found sound and abstracted EDM.
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