Moonshine Blues – Through (Hidden Vibes, 2012)

A project destined by its author to be ‘ambient as I like it’. Turns out the Ukrainian mind behind neoclassical piano project Endless Melancholy and Moonshine Blues is quite the fan of Steve Roach and Thomas Weiss  – or so he should be. The music on Through (2012) strives to be evocative rather than incidental, shaping its imagery through open-ended, little-changing melodies.

Ages and Spaces are immediate highlights, whose low undulations drone on and on, undisturbed by the lulling, contemplative harmonics layered on top. Not unlike Roach, the synth timbres are spacious and restless, akin to blowing winds with a distinctly continental quality. Whatever feedback that bleeds through is pushed to the background of the mix, and as such there remains a harmonious, organic sense of control in the atmosphere.

The main body of the album lacks this natural grace, and instead turn into very overt, demanding drones. The mood shifts as well, becomes melodramatic on Revelations, resigned on Worlds Unknown. The closer track, then, Rise Above, starts off in a similar forced manner, but quickly blooms open into a soundscape on par with the beauty of the openers. As it fades out, it’s hard to believe only 33 minutes have passed. Ultimately a side-project release, Through distinguishes itself as a low-key, tiny ambient album that will take you further than you’d expect. Easy on the ear, escapist as fuck, and quite beautiful. No reason not to want it.

Tracklist:

1) Ages (6:31)
2) Spaces (7:43)
3) Revelations (7:46)
4) And Worlds Unknown (6:15)
5) We’re Going to Rise Above (5:16)

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