Uhushuhu ~ Ogni Videniy ~ Lunar AbyssCD-R (ltd. 77)
1. Uhushuhu - Atchafalaya
2. Ogni Videniy - Bog People
3. Lunar Abyss - Utro Vechera
4. Lunar Abyss & Ogni Videniy & Uhushuhu - Mooshrooty
total time: 62:28
release date: March 15, 2017
CS (ltd. 55)
A1. Uhushuhu - Atchafalaya
A2. Ogni Videniy - Bog People
A3. Lunar Abyss - Utro Vechera
B1. Lunar Abyss & Ogni Videniy & Uhushuhu - Mooshrooty
total time: 31:13 + 31:15
release date: March 15, 2017
out of print
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Uhushuhu, Ogni Videniy and Lunar Abyss - these three projects from St. Petersburg are long active in the boundless creative field of noise ambient and drone psychedelia. This split release contains one studio track from each project and one long collaborative piece recorded live at the sleep concert "Dryoma-9" in September 2015.
The boat of dreams carries us through complex soundscapes inhabited by a plethora of images. Natural organic sounds interwine with abstract synthesis drawing phantasmagoric paintings in our imagination. Electric noises and waves of unrestrained acoustic energy, the mysterious whisper of spirits and hoarse rumbling of a shaman, shards of memories and eventful illusions... This is definitely the music of bright colourful dreams!
Physical release is available in two versions: 77 copies on pro-CDRs in sleeves made of designer cardboard and 55 copies on cassettes. Digital version is available on bandcamp.
Also a compilation of sorts is the three-way split between three of Russia’s finer ambient projects; playing the kind of ambient music that Lynch might also like, I thought. Each project has a solo piece, which take up about half the disc while the other half contains a collaborative recording of music they played together as part of a sleep concert in September 2015. Close your eyes and listen, ignoring the cover, who’s who doesn’t matter that much. There is very little difference between all of these pieces and they all use an endless sustain on their synthesizers, allow a bit of field recordings (birds, people), instruments (Tibetan bowl, voices), and lots of effects (delay and reverb mostly, but no doubt also chorus, pitch shifters, flangers and phasers and whatever they are called), which are employed in a rather free form modus; everything is switched on, all lights blink and the only agreement is to play everything very slowly and let developments go in a rather natural way. This is best heard in their collaborative concert recording; someone plays a recording of water, feeding it through effects, whereas someone else has a bunch of synthesizer sounds on the table and the third one puts heavily effected acoustic objects in the microphone. Everything is dark, everything is moody and all is played with very slow pace, which is exactly the kind of thing this music needs.
Three ambient projects from St. Petersburg, Russia on a triple-split untitled album. All of them I have reviewed individually (in one form or another) in previous efforts, but now they come together to create something very interesting and highly unique, each project adding its own touch and difference, although these four tracks share a certain commonality. Uhushuhu is up first with "Atchafalaya," an 8:11 track of electronic/acoustis wonder that makes you feel as though you're traveling through a primordial yet alien forest that is teeming with life. The sonics of extradimensional creatures surround you backed by cosmic drones. While the "creatures" are electronically realized, they do seem to take on individual identities, almost as if real. The eight minutes passes awfully quickly here, and before you know it you're on to Ogni Videniy's "Bog People" (7:39). Videniy does use real bird sounds in his swamp, or bog, along with a mildly intense drone scheme. There is also the occasional splash of aqua, and something vaguely bellish in the background. Towards the end there are hints of broken melodies. Lunar Abyss has the longest individual track (15:23) with "Utro Vechera," which begins with some shamanic utterances leading in to an electro-acoustic psychedelic odyssey. You won't need drugs for this trip because Lunar Abyss will make you feel like you've already taken them, and a liberal dose at that. It's as spacious as you can possibly imagine, yet grounded in a way. You will hear things in this piece that are absolutely mind-blowing and yes, there are creatures stirring about, and even a carnival at the end! Now, what would happen if ALL 3 of these projects were to collaborate on one piece? Well, they do that on "Mooshrooty" for over 31 minutes. Moving through varied terrain, you'll hear gravity-defying water backed by light organic organ drones; deep space rumblings, strange whispers, vast drones and sonic oddities; a wide variety of electronic creatures and effluvia; bursts of steam noise; densely layered soundscapes that go on forever, and a feeling of loss of control and being overwhelmed. It kind of ends without a prolonged fade, not a very gradual come-down. As intense as that was, "Mooshrooty" lacks the personality of the three individual pieces as the project identities tend to get lost in the sauce so to speak. Still, if you're looking for a whopper of electro-acoustic psychedelic ambient, look no further than this release. Limited to 77 CDs or 55 cassettes, hand-numbered.
Genre/Influences: Dark-ambient, soundscape.
Background/Info: This untitled album is a split release between 3 dark-ambient & experimental formations from the magic Russian city St. Petersburg. All projects have been featured with one single track while the last cut is a live track featuring a collective performance of the 3 artists. Notice by the way all artists already released some work on Zhelezobeton before.
Content: The common element between all the projects is the dark-ambient and soundscape-like approach of their composition. From heavy, overwhelming, dark sound waves to field recordings (and/or samplings) to boiling sounds announcing an imaginary disaster to voices lost in a soup of noises, this work is a sonic puzzle, which now sounds pretty abstract and than pure ambient-like. The live cut is a fully accomplished piece of ambient, which has been progressively built up and revealing a mystic touch.
+ + + : The visual aspect of the work is an essential part of ambient music. This split release is quite diversified in its sonic approach, but there clearly is coherence between all artists, which comes perfectly through at the final cut. This track is a well-crafted piece moving quite progressively towards a climax. It will hold you in its grip for more than 30 minutes.
- - - : Some of the abstract passages aren’t my favorite ones. This is the kind of record, which needs a visual element and that’s a bit missing when you only get the music.
Conclusion: This split-album appears to be a truly sonic puzzle and at the same time mayhem of sound experimentalism and field recordings joined by obscure atmospheres.
Best songs: “Mooshrooty”, “Bog People” by Ogni Videniy, “Atchafalaya” by Uhushuhu.