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Andrey Kiritchenko - Misterrious [Spekk - 2008]

Andrey Kiritchenko is a fairly prolific Ukrainian based musician who since 2001 has released over 20 albums- which have seen him dip his sonic toe in the genres such as: electrionca, folk, electro acoustic & drone works. Misterrious finds him offering up a collection of  atmospheric often fragile yet harmonic piano pieces; that are lined with field recording elements and touches of guitar, glockenspiel, mouth harmonica, auto-harp, Tibetan bowls.

Most of the tracks here see Kiritchenko coming up with a melodic & often atmospheric sequences of piano notes; to  which he then carefullly and lovingly builds around a mixture of: subtle often hypnotic yet effective field records elements, crystalline mainly acoustic guitar strokes, auto-harp atmospherics, glockenspiel tinkles and all manner of subtle yet satisfying and very mood setting noise making and percussive matter. The tracks for the most part stay around the four minute mark; meaning that Kiritchenko gets his sonic and atmopshric point over perfectly, but never lets the tracks feel over stretched or become padded.

An enjoyable, highly atmospheric and often cinematic collection of piano based pieces; which are weaved by field recording detail and other instrumental flourishers. And as always with anything on the Spekk label the disk is presented in their distinctive house style oversized folder style- which features rather lovely yet simplistic line drawings by Olga Indovina which fit’s the albums tone and feel wonderfully.

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Roger Batty
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