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Andrey Kiritchenko
True Delusions

This one's been sitting in my "Need to Listen" pile for a while. Since it came all the way from the Ukraine, I figure it deserves at least a mention here. The liner notes for this CD come printed on unbleached, brown paper with a combination of black and silver inks adorned with artwork that feels distinctly eastern European or Russian. (I'm reminded of an old piece of Russian animation that I saw about 16 years ago called The Cow.) As far as packaging goes, this is one of my favorites. (Props to Olga Indovina for the design work.)

Now, as far as music goes, ambient noise is hard to recommend to those who have certain expectations of music. True Delusions is most aptly defined as an "experience", rather than an album. It is music only in the most abstract meaning of the word. To gain the full benefit of the experience Mr. Kiritchenko has to offer, one must isolate oneself from other stimulus, and plunge into a complete immersion of nothing more than the album itself. Meditation at the locus of a surround sound stereo system is probably your best bet, but don't expect a relaxing therapy. This is mostly a disquieting listen.

For the uninitiated, be aware: this is not "music mixed", it is "sound engineered." The acoustic banging of Kiritchenko on his guitar is incidental to the other background noise that the microphone has dutifully soaked up, and which the proper stereo system will faithfully reconstruct as a (sometimes warped) 3-dimensional soundscape.


Track Listing:
1. Scope Of My Perception
2. Both My Sides
3. Kind In Malice
4. Good Of Bad
5. Illusion Of Safety
6. Illusory Self-Motion
7. Optical Illusion
8. Agravic Illusion

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