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"Plavyna" CD


Genres: IDM, glitch, experimental electronic

July 18 - 24 2005

Zavoloka's album is the most accessible release I've received yet from Ukrainian label Nexsound.  This is bleepy, glitchy IDM, taking cues from Autechre and Aphex Twin, but really of its own unique style.  Rhythms are often subtle - even suggested - but even in its most free-flowing and abstract moments, there is a sense of order and organization here.  I really enjoy the experience that Zavoloka has created with these ten tracks, as this seems to have found a perfect balance between IDM and experimental electronic music.  Melody is the one fleeting ingredient here - Zavoloka seems more content to work on atmospherics and complex compositional architecture - but with that said, there is still enough tunefulness to keep an open-minded ear entertained.

Favourite moments include the warped woodwinds on "Teche Voda Ledo" and the dense melodies and rhythms of "Rankova."  This is perfect listening for a detached, sleepless 4am winter night.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2005]