Friday, March 30, 2018

x.y.r – Tourist (2017)

  • Exotica pop 
  • Glo-fi 
  • Hypnagogic pop 
  • Mood music 
  • Avant-pop 
  • Art pop 
  • Ambient pop 
  • Tiki lounge 
  • Lounge pop 
  • Organic electronica

Comment: this 9-notch issue is about sultry chords, sublime theme progressions, and just about a fine milieu to be created within one's cozy bedroom. As the cover print suggests it is outside our Western civilization it brings us to islands in the Pacific Ocean. To Hawaii, and Micronesia, and Polynesia all of those places which can be considered an earthly paradise. One sits down on the coast of a laguna and staring at unearthly beauty around her/him. Behind the project is a genuine creator from Russia, Vladimir Karpov, who was previously being known behind the project 2muchachos of which music can be described as more ambient and folk mixed and because of that having similarities with the New Weird movement. However, similarly to the previous project Karpov employs Russian analogue synths Formanta, and Alisa to create wondrous atmospheric layers and serene horizons. All his sonic tricks do make impact on the listener. More profoundly, iterative phrases, reverse sounds. At times it seems to be so unearthly that the beauty seems to be a bit spooky as if growing out like an offshoot of Leyland Kirby, for example. In a nutshell, it is a marvellous example of mood/lounge music. The issue is a part of the discography of Ingrown Records.

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