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Dmitry Evgrafov – Lying On Your Shoulder

There’s a small moment of stasis that happens in between the different ways I listen to something when I know beforehand that I will write about it. It’s nothing particularly zen, but not so long ago I began to notice a little space  in the shift from listening to a piece of music, and when I start listening for it. I’m not listening for anything in particular, but it does warrant a different kind of attention. Which is not quite the point.

I mention it merely to highlight the space in between the shift in focus and energy; stasis in this context refers specifically to the equilibrium caused by the meeting of equal, opposing forces, rather than an implication of simple motionless. There’s quite a lot of that going on in the world at any given moment – the meeting of opposing forces, I mean – and in quite a varied manner of ways, some of which are desirable, and others which are not at all. So, too, the outcome when one ultimately prevails over the other. Again, not quite the point.

What is the point, is that the aptly named Lying On Your Shoulder seems to inhabit that moment – and one that feels decidedly the result of one of the more desirable meetings. Composed by 17 year-old Dmitry Evgrafov, the five tracks have an unusally warm and content feel to them. Why is that unusual? Perhaps it’s just my experience, but it’s considerably rare for the art of any 17 year old to carry that kind of sense with it, over the general turmoil that is part and parcel with the age.

In place of things like melancholy, antagonism and defeatism, are touches of bittersweet tenderness and something that I think is best described as the sound of slightly wistful admiration. The customarily mournful tone that is inherent in string arrangements is balanced with a reflective and intimate piano, delivered in a pace that is ultimately both settling and uplifting.

Dmitry has been referred to as prodigious, having been composing since the age of 14 it’s not without justification – there’s either an old soul at work here, or someone who learned far younger than I ever did to not just notice and appreciate the spaces in between moments, but translate them into a language that feels intrinsic. (Well, I’m still working on the latter skill).

Lying On Your Shoulder is released on February 14th, for more information and to listen to the second track – Peals of Thunder –  head over to Sonic Reverie.

 

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Invisible Elephant – Pre-Order Now Available

Ah, what a difference a day makes!

Pre-orders for The Lights Go Out are being taken now, with a shipping date of May 10th, or nearest to.

The CD is being produced in a limited amount of 50 CDr’s and comes packaged in a recycled chipboard sleeve; each one hand numbered and hand stamped. They look great (checkout the new artwork at the link below),  and for a humble £5.00, you’ll get your money’s worth. The three additional tracks that aren’t available in the downloadable version are:

  • The Lights Go Out and Everybody Disappears
  • Wind-Up Bird (Extended)
  • Marrakesh Street Scene

Order it through the Sonic Reverie Records store!

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Invisible Elephant – The Lights Go Out Limited Edition CD

Anyone out there that has visited this blog more than once may have read a recent post where I mentioned a great album available via Bandcamp – The Lights Go Out by Invisible Elephant; a solo project out of the UK doing awesome things with “guitars n’ stuff” (my full and proper review is available to read on Last.fm).

I am now beyond thrilled to be able to announce that this project will be getting a physical release via Sonic Reverie Records. The artwork for a limited edition CD is currently being produced, with the CD to be available as early as next week and will include a few bonus tracks previously unavailable.

This is great news indeed, and an even better opportunity to show your support for unique and independant artists producing quality music (not to mention getting your hands on those exclusive tracks – having had the honour of hearing a couple of them, I can assure you they’re worth getting hold of).

If you have not already done so, I urge you to check out this album post haste. Full details on the where’s and when’s of the release will be posted as soon as I know them, so you can be first in line to snap up one of the CDs (after me, of course ;)).

Invisible Elephant on Bandcamp.

On MySpace

On Last.fm

Sonic Reverie Records website

On Blogspot

On Bandcamp

On Last.fm

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