Monday, July 4, 2022

amek065 Shentov, Simitchiev, Lukanov "Palimpsest" (CS)

 

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The source material for “Palimpsest” was recorded over several fairly different sessions. Some of them took place in the live setting, others happened in the confinement of the Kontingent Records studio. These recordings were then carefully examined, subtly (re)arranged, and barely overdubbed. Four long-form pieces were shaped in the end. Despite having collaborated on many different occasions and in varying formats, “Palimpsest” is the first full-length recording in which the different approaches by Shentov, Simitchiev, Lukanov are utilized in pursuit of a unified musical direction.

The result is an album that explores minimalist drone territories through a purposely limited toolset and in a recording environment that relies heavily on intuition, spontaneity and patience. The record also carries delicate traces of raw ambient, found sounds and field recordings, processed guitar and electroacoustic improvisation. While the first three tracks are slightly more condensed in both length and substance, the closing piece, which spans over the whole B-side of the album, is where this collaboration peaks. During its almost thirty minutes, it majestically unfolds its textures and synthetic artifacts, which are layered over a subtly shape-shifting backbone of guitar drones, melodic fragments and loops.




Music by Ivan Shentov, Angel Simitchiev, Martin Lukanov
Mixed by Angel Simitchiev
Mastering by Marius Costache (Studio 148)
Artwork by Silvana Ilieva
Live photo by Zlatina Tochkova

Friday, June 17, 2022

amek064 Bogdan Simeonov "Equivalence" CS

 

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Bogdan Simeonov’s “Equivalence” kicks off in a severe, textured whirlwind of hurriedly (un)winding, mechanical clicks and cracks which are underscored by a series of submarine, hazy bursts of pulsating bass. The seemingly chaotic dynamism of this abrasive sonic flurry gradually simmers down, revealing underneath its ardor a delicate and dazzling aural tableau of luminously cascading chimes and drony synths. As the name of the album’s opener “syzygy” suggests, the listener is witnessing the steady, fluctuating structures of cosmic time and space, where order and disorder dialectically unfurl. The rest of the tracks further unravel the inner workings of this strife-ridden sonic parable by alternating between harshly textured, noisy set-pieces and hypnotic, sublimely undulating drones.
  
 

The concept of equivalence, originally borrowed from the field of algebraic topology (the study of algebraic invariants of spaces), receives in the context of the album a whole different, almost utopian meaning. Being both the title track and the closer, “Equivalence” sonically bears only residual marks and blemishes left over from the monumental dialectic (r)evolutions of Simeonov’s cosmic soundscapes. In the last moments of the conceptual and aural denouncement, the serenely layered, serpentine drones dreamily begin eluding description – they flow in and out of silence and like a sonorous cloud of sensuous ambiance, they disappear behind a horizon of arcadian stillness.





Written, recorded and produced by Bogdan Simeonov
Mastered by Marius Costache (Studio 148)
Design and artwork by Hasan Halilov
Liner notes by Stefan Goncharov


Monday, June 6, 2022

Shentov, Simitchiev, Lukanov, scav, Crosspolar at Koncept Space (gallery)



Shentov, Simitchiev, Lukanov



scav



Crosspolar



Shentov, Simitchiev, Lukanov, scav, Crosspolar at Koncept Space (gallery)
Koncept Space, Sofia
Photos by Zlatina Tochkova

May 28, 2022






Tuesday, May 3, 2022

a-m_e|k p_93 Jerusalem In My Heart, Jessica Moss, OOHS! at Mixtape 5 - 29/05

Our Sunday noise show series шумна неделя returns to its original live format for a live concert, hosted in collaboration with partners in crime Alarma Punk Jazz. On May 29, Jerusalem In My Heart returns to Sofia in the company of the amazing Jessica Moss. Our own dream-pop cowboys OOHS! will be opening the evening. You can find tickets here

P.S. The show takes place right after Sofia Дrone Day 2022 (a free show) so prepare for an Amek weekend at the very end of May. 

RSVP: https://facebook.com/events/513358016935821/


Sunday, May 1, 2022

Ivan Shopov, Vague Voices, Hiro Kone, Evitceles at Koncept Space (gallery)


Ivan Shopov


Vague Voices




Hiro Kone





Evitceles







Ivan Shopov, Vague Voices, Hiro Kone, Evitceles
Koncept Space, Sofia
April 27, 2022





Thursday, April 28, 2022

a-m_e|k p_92 Sofia Дrone Day 2022

Sofia Drone Day returns to Koncept Space on May 28. It's the sixth time we're celebrating the international Drone Day, this time with performances by Crosspolar (Estonia/UK), scav and the trio Shentov, Simitchiev, Lukanov. It's a free donation event. 


RSVP: https://facebook.com/events/415783143357186





Monday, April 25, 2022

Friday, April 22, 2022

amek063 Evitceles "Accession" LP

Order on vinyl & digital at Bandcamp.

Since 2014, enviably prolific Bulgarian producer Evitceles has managed to build an impressive musical discography, which spreads over a multitude of electronic genres and is released across the world by labels like Opal Tapes, Yerevan Tapes, and Seagrave, among others. After his 2021 melancholic drifter "Naive Slumber", Evitceles returns to Amek for his new full-length "Accession".
 
His first solo vinyl appearance is a gripping and emotional listen from start to finish. Its emotional narrative feels touching and distant at the same time, its overall brooding tone is often disrupted by lighter ambient passages or melancholic synth work. Evitceles is constantly on the lookout for new always raw soundscapes, gritty and loud beats, and his intuitive approach to sampling, field recording, and vocal layering gives his music just the right amount of imperfections and organic elements to keep it personal and human. "Accession" consists of everything one would love about Evitceles' self-described underwater sound but also hints at multiple new directions and aesthetics the project might be headed. Without a doubt, this record will remain a significant piece of the ever-growing Evitceles body of work.
Produced by Etien Slavchev
Mastered by Marius Costache
Photography: Sv. Dyulgerov
Layout: Kostadin Kokalanov

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

amek062 Jordan Christoff "Residues" CS

 

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Jordan Christoff is an artist with an inimitable approach to long-form composition, showcased not only in his solo works but in collaborative projects such as Anarchist Mountains (with his brother Stefan Christoff) and PJS (with Patrick Dique). In 'Residues', his first solo full-length for Amek, it is through subterranean bass drones, vast synths, and tamed abrasive noisescapes that Jordan Christoff succeeds in painting four monumental drone ambient pieces. Exploring the harsher and heavier drone ambient territories, he gives his typically dreamy and multi-layered music just the right amount of rawness and grit to allow the listener to remain not too detached from reality, while comfortably nestled in and breathing the sandy air of 'Residues'.





Music by Jordan Christoff 
Mastered by Marius Costache 
Artwork by Silvana Ilieva

The album was visualized in its entirety by visual artist Silvana Ilieva. Watch the four one-shot videos in the playlist below.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Evitceles "Explode Into Unfamiliar Place" (video)

On April 22 Amek is releasing the first Evitceles solo vinyl. Watch below the mind-melting video, that the29nov films put together for the first single "Explode Into Unfamiliar Place".

 

Pre-order on vinyl & digital at Bandcamp.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Demetrio Cecchitelli, Dayin & Dwaal at Fabrika Avtonomia (gallery)


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Dwaal


Demetrio Cecchitelli (IT)





Demetrio Cecchitelli, Dayin & Dwaal
Fabrika Avtonomia, Sofia
Photos by Silvana Ilieva

March 16, 2022