Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

X.Y.R - Aquarealms [Not No Fun - 2022]

What is it about the parallels between the sound of water and the voltage-controlled synthesizer? They seem made for one another: liquid, crystalline, and prone to shimmer. In painting, you have to conjure light through contrast and sleight of hand, but with the synthesizer, at least as Vladimir Karpov (aka X.Y.R.) uses it, light comes readymade. 

The opening track to X.Y.R.’s latest release, Aquarealms, could have served as the soundtrack to the mesmerizing opening shot of fellow countryman Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris (1972) – reeds passively swaying beneath a diaphanous blue water. The effect of this scene is akin to the mood that Karpov conjures: gentle, warm, and uncanny, without ever turning over into kitsch.

The abstract ambience of Aquarealm takes us on a journey underwater, sine waves substituting for actual waves amidst the graceful embrace of a deep sea. It’s incredibly easy to zone out to, letting the brilliantly orchestrated synth washes take over, with the occasional dispersal of pulses and clicks. Aquarealm’s fifth track, “oxygen waltz,” is the most rhythmically charged, enticing us to groove through the depths of Karpov’s fictional sea.

This is for fans of soft, ambient synth drifts, not unlike Keith Fullerton Whitman’s magisterial Playthroughs (2002). But make sure to take a deep breath before you dive into the aqua realm. Water is in us, around us, and surely full of strange worlds we do not know.       

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Colin Lang
Latest Reviews

X.Y.R - Aquarealms
What is it about the parallels between the sound of water and the voltage-controlled synthesizer? They seem made for one another: liquid, crystalline, and pr...
011222   Colossloth - Promethean Meat
011222   Maschinenzimmer 412 - Macht D...
011222   Orders To Kill - Orders To Ki...
011222   Jesper Nordin - Vicinities
011222   Satan’s Little Helper - Satan...
011222   The Son Of The Devil - The S...
301122   Black Candles - Black Candles...
291122   .Nightmare Symphony - Nightma...
281122   There Was A Fish In The Perco...
281122   Planet Shithead/Dosis Letalis...
Latest Articles

Hastings of Malawi - Deliriously ...
Formed in the early 1980s, after the member's sonic dabbling’s on the early Nurse With Wound records, Hastings Of Malawi took a decidedly busy and deta...
231122   Hastings of Malawi - Deliriou...
011122   Raffaele Pezzella - Pursuing ...
111022   Fouke - Bigfoot walled noise
150922   Joe Sherlock - The King of mo...
230822   Sdug Bsngal - Some Scars Run ...
020822   The Night Porter & Slowgurn p...
200622   The Worse Album In The World ...
240522   Noir On Powerhouse Films - Fr...
260422   Schloss Tegal - Back To The ...
230322   The Residents - Fifty Years ...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom