Pavel Ambiont - ‘Pagan & Urban’ [FNET018]

Pagan & Urban is a new mini-album by Pavel Ambiont released on 24.06.2013 by Foundamental Network label.

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A new mini-album of Pavel Ambiont is about the relations and tensions between culture & nature, linear & cyclic times, concrete & wood – urban and pagan. ?Pagan’ is used here in its original meaning – rural and ?keeping the old ways’ – as opposed to the urban. This is music of a city-dweller whose soul belongs to his native village.

“There’s no techno on this release - but mostly broken and stepping rhythms, echoes, flute and mouth harp recorded on a cheap webcam. ?These are the tracks that suddenly emerge when i want to construct another techno banger – but the sounds decide to assemble how they like.” – says Pavel.

The first 3 pieces form the ?pagan’ part, conveing the field & forest moods – “Spirit reset” (originally made as a Spring invocation), “Matter Matters” – built of processed Morsing twangs, flute breaths and stepping beats lead through the dark woods to an even darker glade – then back to light and to glowing warmth of “Raptam Dub“.

“Siera Ziaziula“, the album’s midpoint, is a Belarusian folk-ballad told by Maryja Niabiesnaya – Pavel’s grandmother. The story of a girl who turned into a gray cuckoo to fly back home is heard through the grayscale dub fog. The following track, “Irrhythmia pt.8″, is a completely urban blend of soporofic but restless atmospheres and almost d&b beats (it is also a link to Pavel’s previous album – Irrhythmia).

The last two tracks are even more machinic. The hip-hop and dubstep elements here lack urbanized gloss and sophistication – the roughly chopped rhythms neither care about the variation nor do they try to seduce you – they just use this city vernacular to transmitl their message. “Slow Water Runs Deep” is a vocoder robo-mantra ?water doesn’t feels like water’ coiled around rigid beats and jagged hi-hats. “Kryuja Strikes Back” follows the “Matter Matters” path – first leading to the beatless place, then striking back with gabba-like kicks – this time you’re not in woods but in a armored concrete labyrinth, and the beats urge you to fight or flight.

Need a spirit-reset? Go to track #1.

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