Belorukov & Zherbin - Kiertueäänityksiä [Ominous Recordings - 2020]
Kiertueäänityksiä severs-up two around twenty slices of swirling & searing drone noise matter 'n' electro-texturing, along each track way the pair go down some quite appealing & rewarding sonic paths. The release came out on Stockholm based Ominous Recordings April of this year- appearing as either a tape or digital download- sadly the tape is now sold out, but I’d say it’s worth a download if you enjoy eventful drone-based noise craft that nicely shifts between off angular, playful, and searingly moody.
The cartoon frog green tape comes in a blue shelled case, we get a monochrome sleeve that features a photo of ripped apart apartment block- that either been bombed or half knocked down. The release came in an edition of twenty-one copies- all in all a distinctive looking release
lia Belorukov is Russian and comes from improv/experimental jazz background- though has dabbled in noise & doom in the past. And Dmitri Zherbin is from Finland- focusing on experimental electronic sound based around tape loops and sound collage. The release takes in two live sets the pair did in 2018- the first in Helsinki, and the second in Finish City of Kouvola. For both tracks, Belorukov is playing synthesizer & mastering, and Zherbin feedback & tape loops.
The first sides track is entitled "Selma", and slides in at spot on the twenty-three-minute mark. This begins with a blend of bothersome & blunt synth churns, fiddling electro grain, and slurred textural chops. As we move on things get more active/ shifting- the low-end churn has now turned to a hovering-yet-sluggish billow ‘n’ drag, with the electronics nicely popping, fizzing & spurting. There’s a very thick-yet- often playful feel to the tracks layout, as the pair effectively workaround & build off each other. At times the synth bound bass tones almost become harmonic & groove bound- but Belorukov never fully commits to either. I’ve now played this track four or five times, and each time I’m still often surprised by what happens next- so that’s a big positive.
Moving on to the next track "Suomalaisen musiikin päivä" , and this slides in at the twenty-two twenty mark. It begins in a nicely tight & nervy fashion- with purring & throbbing bass blended with forking & fiddling mid-ranged noise tones. As we move on the low-end synth tones become nicely gloomy & grim in their sinister throb, and around this we find jittering laser-like electronics & slow atmospheric feedback pulls. Where the first track was rather playful & often quirky in it’s unfold & shift- this track feels way more sister/ off-angular moody- though as things go on we more into nicely frantic points, though still with an atmosphere edge to proceedings.
All told Kiertueäänityksiä is a most worthy trip into shifting & creative noise-making with a droning & electro-texturing leaning. Before this split, I was aware of either Belorukov or Zherbin past work, and I must say I was most impressed by both each’s sonic skills & their ability to play off each other well. So I’ll be certainly looking to check out their other work and look forward to hearing the pair collaborate again in the future.