пятница, 30 мая 2008 г.

GDEVA "Bubbles,bubbles..." 2007 (Sankt-Peterburg)

Instrumental psychedelic power-trio from my city S-Pb.(but I'm still likes call it Leningrad:))))
Album including five live and deep improvizations...
"...Known among local instrumental music lovers for a great deal of improvisation in their live shows, the concept behind the band is never make the same composition twice and try to do something different every time the trio get together. Their first recording jams displayed an obvious tendency to create rather moody material which stands on the sharpest edge of obscurity or epic dazzle. For a band that's only been together a short time, psyche rockers GDEVA are certainly versed! On its debut release, the band tries to explore prog-rock territories while routing the map of late-60s and early-70s psychodelia by using decrepit vintage musical equipment. Within these five jams – all recorded live-in-the-studio with no overdubs in two days – you'll find the charms. Steady bass and drums set the flow, while the guitarist (or two guitarists) rocks the improvisational waves in more gentle and intellectual manner. The players don’t try to show what they know and the dynamics are controlled carefully – they really know how to listen. Their influence may be apparent, but there’s a pleasing loose, space, and organic flow to the compositions. This young band could easily turn into one of the greatest space-kraut-prog-psyche outfits you’ve probably never heard of! "(by IGOR GORELY of R.A.I.G. Records, Summer 2007)

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iban комментирует...


Gdeva, a trio of musicians from St. Petersburg in Russia formed in 2005, plays improvised rock with a hefty dose of “psychedelics” elements thrown in. Bubbles, Bubbles… was recorded in two days, live in the studio according to their page in RAIG’s website (their label). In essence they jam and use elements of space/psychedelic-rock and post-rock in the process acquiring their music a grand scope and sound.
To better illustrate my point, here’s a quote from the band’s Myspace page written by Igor Gorley of RAIG: “On its debut release, the band tries to explore prog-rock territories while routing the map of late-60s and early-70s psychodelia by using decrepit vintage musical equipment.” That is a good description of what goes on this album. Regarding the last part, there’s definitely that overall feeling of a ragged recording (in a good way) that adds to the listening experience.
As said above, the band consists of a trio of guitar, bass and drums. Those latter two (played by Valery Berestov on bass and Alexandr Kravtsov on drums) give the solid basis (while still flexible) that the guitar straddles upon. The guitar (played by Andrey Petrov) is the instrument with the highest degree of freedom. It roams around, but is not unleashed or uncontrolled; on the contrary, all the players seem to mostly restrict themselves from letting themselves go. There’s no climax, and no climax building for that matter. This is not what the band is about, apparently. They are about creating moods, sounds, atmosphere; playing with an idea, mulling it over without giving it too rigid a form, only giving a few light brushed of its edges.
And here lies the problem to my ears. At times the music sounds monotone because of this and a little more energy would do wonders to it. Energy and more imagination. Jamming is all well and fun to listen to, but something is lacking here. The basis they set and its entourage are good but they seem to not allow enough exploration of what they can achieve with the ideas they come up with and in the end those jams, while entertaining, are not memorable and not a good reason enough to come back to the album. Currently those are mostly tracks with one musical idea being played around, without being given more body to it, more essence or direction which can be done without leaving the jamming and improvising path. A good example of that is Amagrama’s album of improvisations, which has tracks with multiple good ideas that are each being explored to a little extent. I’m not saying they should do that; I’m only trying to show that it can be done in other ways that can gather more appeal and interest.
The way I see it, if you’re going to improvise why limit yourself in the way you express yourself? As I’ve said above, that is how this album sounds to me. As if they are restraining themselves from reaching a different level, fulfilling the potential lying in the ideas they present, the potential to play around with these ideas more, make them more energetic, more “fun”, more lively or more experimental, depending on the way they wish to go. Hopefully, they’ll do so on their next release.

hey thanks for this album...i really like your blog and i download everything you post..so thanks again

Farlac комментирует...


can GDEVA "Bubbles,bubbles..." be re-uploaded?


k_kase комментирует...

Please re-upload.