для FOR by Kate NV; Bandcamp Link: для FOR
Number 26 in the wire magazine (@thewiremagazine) Top 50 releases of 2018.
Kate NV is a Moscow, Russia, based electyronic artist, and, as such, для FOR is primarily an electronic album, but it has a pretty old school vibe.
Like, in terms of her synthesizers, she limited herself to things that might have been played on David Bowie’s Low or on early Yellow Magic Orchestra album.
In any case, the music is sort of typical for modern solo music. In terms of older music, it has a bit of the repetitive, yet quirky, feel of Cluster, or the above mentioned Yellow Magic Orchestra.
She creates a set of loops, creates a sort of bed of sound. Then improvises on top of it, largely with a pretty bloopy synthesizer.
The loops are primarily percussive, the first few sound like marimba. Though some of them are based around synthesized sounds.
In any case, I found this album completely enjoyable.
Listening to it, it has an almost irresistible playful and whimsical cheeriness. And I’m normally a pretty gloomy guy, who finds cheerfulness irritating. But, it got me.
I can say without exaggeration that it improved my day to listen to it on both the way to work and then, especially, on the way back home.
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