Anciente

A 2 track ambient album (40m 4s) — released September 3rd 2021 on Possible Motive

The Russian producer Vladimir Karpov is well on his way towards a lasting legacy as a modern synthesizer wizard in the grandiose vein of Vangelis and Jarre. With a propensity for concept albums he has built a sturdy discography during this past decade that echoes the progressive ideas of the psychedelic generation as it moved into adulthood with Moog in hand.

While equally a part of the postmodern generation; Karpov's ouvre also embraces the utopian daydreaming of the new age, the environmental concerns embodied in field recording, and the holistic approach of Jon Hassels 4th world concept.

While the esoteric fantasies of previous works linger on, the conceptual aspect of Anciente is rendered more abstract. And instead of dividing ideas into tracks that form an album, here Karpov is pushing the boundaries of his compositions further into longer forms. Like trails into humid forest landscapes, they run deep enough for one to get lost along the way.

Clocking in at a neat 20 minutes per side, the two tracks that make up Anciente weaves soft brushes of undefinable sounds and tropical field recordings that almost create ASMR-inducing vibrations in the minds of the listener. Eventually they might open a doorway to a twilight-lit wilderness and the possible secrets of the first civilised men. As Carlos Castaneda once wrote, relaying the wisdom of the Yaqui; "twilight is the crack between worlds. It is the door to the unknown". Or, as in this case, the door to the ancient.

Appearing in two 20-minute pieces, Anciente is everything you could wish for from an ambient release. - Oli Warwick Juno Daily

Anciente is the producers latest effort, a two-sided affair split between Ancient Spirit and Ancient Trip. Each side has a run time of 20 minutes, both of which are fine examples of X.Y.R. doing what he does best, immersive and detailed soundscapes that invite you to step into another world. - Robert Hattaway Inverted Audio

Russian producer Vladimir Karpov dives headfirst into the fourth world on 'Anciente', evoking the humidity of the rainforest with two lengthy collisions of trippy percussion, fuzzy analog synthesis and hazed environmental recordings. On the Jon Hassell, Visible Cloaks, Emeralds tip for sure. - Boomkat

Karpov's music has mirage-like qualities. His synth melodies warble like bent guitar notes, while the melodies hang in the muggy air. - Andrew Ryce Resident Advisor

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