Philip Samartzis / CD-R - Aquarelle

Philip Samartzis / CD-R – Aquarelle

A pair of live solo performances and a duo recording on Musica Excentrica by Philip Samartzis and CD-R (also known as Nikita Golyshev, the label’s owner). Samartzis is in slightly more minimal and digital mode than usual here and largely eschews (at least obvious) field recordings: perhaps for the best given Golyshev’s often busily swirling digital detritus. The latter’s solo efforts are a little too effects-derivative for me, but his contributions to their duo are better tempered and lend a theatrical element otherwise absent from Samartzis’s textural explorations.

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