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Vlad Dobrovolski

Playbacks For Dreaming (LP)

Label: Muscut

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

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Russian synthesist Vladislav Dobrovolski conducts ruminative k-hole analog and electronic swamps on this evocative tome, blending surrealist cinematic cues with fairytale gusts of expertly-tweaked synth music.

**300 copies** There's a pleasingly organic sound that underpins Dobrovolski's mutant electronics; it's unashamedly synthetic, but the way he manipulates each element, paying close attention to texture, tone and timbre, gives his instruments the illusion of life. Dobrovolski is better known for his work in S A D alongside Vasily Stepanov, and "Playbacks for Dreaming" feels like it picks up where last year's brilliant sub-aqueous full-length "Children of the Sun" left off. While that album was lashed to a concept about "biotic solar music", this one sounds as if the sun has gone down, leaving the mind to play in the dry, moonlit dirt.

'Ultramarine XY' is whimsical and dubby, like Actress retooling the stems from Suzanne Ciani's "Seven Waves". Drip't globules of electronic sound ooze across sheet metal, while pads hover in the still air. 'Void' is eerier still, harmonizing with Tangerine Dream's 1970s run, or Klaus Schulze's "Dune", before 'Sundayish All Over' takes a bonkers U-turn into clanking, percussive electro-acoustic music, with resonant kalimba pings and gentle beatbox bumps. 'La Llum' meanwhile sounds like a fractal fairytale, with eerie folk flute sounds trapped in viscous reflecting pools of rhythmic synth.

As the album progresses, Dobrovolski allows himself to dig deeper into brash electronic textures, and he hints at Emeralds' epic long-form experimentation on 'The Shadow Side of Joy Fungi' and 'Matovo Fog, Squeezed Pt.1'. But he he hits a high with 'Ugra Ice', splitting acidic analog riffs into dissociated stutters to create an ominous atmosphere that's at odds with most contemporary tropes. Really good this one.

Cat. number: Muscut 22
Year: 2022
Edition of 300.

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