Sunday, April 15, 2018

Ilya i Alisa – Winter Invocation (2007)




  • Micronoise 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Drone 
  • Microsound 
  • Experimentalism 
  • Leftfield 
  • Spoken word 
  • Alternative 
  • Acousmatic music 
  • Electronic music 
  • Field recording 
  • Musique concrete 
  • Art music

Comment: Ilya Bogatyryov aka Ilya i Alisa as his one-man-project can be considered as one of the most enchanting and mystical groups to have ever been existed in Estonia. Previously I have commented about How I Entered The Dark Forest (2010) which was a true miscellany of post-punk, drone, dream folk, ambient, progressive rock, spoken word but the recent case is more austere but it does not mean it is somehow less profound and more superficial. The aforementioned releases are issued on tapes by Trash Can Dance, a Tallinn-based underground imprint. Winter Invocation is a short release of approximately 20 minutes. I guess the winter in 2007 was fragile with regard to the title. Unfortunately I cannot remember it anymore. The issue consists of electro-acoustic noises and drones creating the background mostly for female singing and chants in this way. Yet the words are not sufficient enough to bring forth the depth of the release. For instance, if you listen to the abovementioned microscopic noise soundscape I assume Snow Queen also appears in the background. It is ennobling and somehow frightening at the same time. It's beautiful in its uncompromising, anti-pop bearing. It is beautiful, beatific ugliness. So yeah, listen to it and get a copy of the tape if possible which ultimately will cost much money.

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