Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Wings Of An Angel – Pause Play (Memoirs Of Russian Spiritual Landscapes, Aug 2016) (2016)




  • Dark ambient 
  • Post-classical 
  • Space music
  • Experimentalism 
  • Piano music 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Soundscapes 
  • Modern classical

Comment: there we are to continue with an immense collection of the Jewish musician Wings of An Angel´s sequent issue Pause Play (Memoirs Of Russian Spiritual Landscapes, Aug 2016) from this year. I guess he might be the most prolific artist worldwide in 2016. In spite of the fact there is no decline in quality with regard to his music. His 9-notch issue might be disturbing ideologically to Russians because there are some disdainful, critical hints at it (Bawdy Songs About Shopping With The Wives Of Russian Oligarchs; Repeat My Mistakes (Why Does Russian History Repeat Itself Flawlessly And So Do I?; The Spiritual Horrors Of Our Imaginary Superiority)). Musically, however, it is a mellow drift between piano music and (dark) ambient music though the main elements are represented in tracks separately. Of course, the artist`s piano music is something unusual because those chords are either hammered or played on a prepared piano (Repeat My Mistakes (Why Does Russian History Repeat Itself Flawlessly And So Do I?; Without Permanent Identity (I Remain The ID-Free Cosmopolitan Vagabond Even As Years Pass On By; Innocent Blonde Girls Play Hopscotch In The Backrooms Of Post-Soviet Hotels)). The latter of them is the favourite of mine because of chiming like the play on an old, dusty piano. The artist’s ambient compositions are played with a pathos as if channelized through angelic filters, being solemn and compelling simultaneously. I guess there are up cathedral organ-alike drones to be added to inject something divine and wondrous to a body of work. At times it is a spacey and abstract riding, rather than a solemn insight into a mystical universe. In a word, it is an outstanding forge in 2016.
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