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shaped harmonics   2001
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album rating: 2

submitted by anton on 3-Dec-2001
among russian idm I have heard lately this ambidextrous release is one of the most polished releases. if this does not tell you much, I can say that as far as melodic idm goes, this is definitely a very impressive release that should not be overlooked by any means.

I am sure that if you have been following idm scene for a while, the name ambidextrous is not new to you it has appeared on various samplers (mostly russian). nick zavriev is from moscow, and has been making music since 1997; this is technically his second full-length album to date on russian idm label shaped harmonics.

it is hard to compare this release, but I will make an attempt to bring up toytronic and merck in your mind. it resembles soft, incredibly melodic nature of toytronic, without excessively lush (not to say cheesy) melodies; its melancholic acoustic sound, analog melodies will remind you of better merck artists. add percussion drops a'la early arovane, and you get the idea. the music is elegant, at times always minimal, but always melodic, flowing effortlessly, maintaining constant rhythm, sometimes barely audible among the tidal atmospheric waves, sometimes quite prominent. one realizes soon enough with tracks like " equilibrium" and "zorihon" how incredible the composition is, how all those sound layers, all those textures merge together in a seamless way, resulting in a rich, and yet never overbearing atmosphere.

there are only a couple of tracks that are a little too fuzzy, or a little too unstructured, the rest is exceptionally good. all in all, this is a great album soft, charming, melodic and always keeping a perfect balance between lush melodies and composed melancholic feel. the more you listen to it, the more you notice additional music layers, shifting ambient overtones, adding to the overall atmosphere.

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