Review: Gultskra Artikler - Berezka / Lanterns - Monkey Lament (2008)


Gultskra Artikler cover

Gult­skra Artik­ler cover

Lanterns cover

Lan­terns cover

artist: Gult­skra Artik­ler / Lan­terns
release: Berezka / Mon­key Lament
format: LP
year of release: 2008
label: Other Elec­tri­cit­ies
dur­a­tion: 25:23

detailed info: dis​cogs​.com

Berezka / Mon­key Lament is a split LP by two acts from the realm where acous­tics, elec­tron­ica, and drones meet. I haven’t held the actual LP, so I can’t provide any details on its pro­duc­tion and present­a­tion, but the music alone is in this case reason enough to look into this release.

Rus­sian, cur­rently Moscow-based, pro­ject Gult­skra Artik­ler cov­ers side A with three fas­cin­at­ing exper­i­mental tracks that com­bine crackles, samples, drones, and oth­er­worldly melod­ies. Ele­ments like these are com­bined in such a way that it reminds me of dif­fer­ent musical styles, yet it all remains some­where in between. This is pre­cisely the strength of these tracks, which are var­ied but con­sist­ent in high qual­ity. Dif­fi­cult to describe, but “elec­tron­ics and acous­tics in an excit­ing mix” comes a long way.

Lan­terns I’ve heard before, whilst appear­ing with them on Lark­fall’s Reynardine com­pil­a­tion, and now these Eng­lish impro­visa­tion­ists are back with two extens­ive tracks of folky drone. I under­stand that Lan­terns tracks are live jams, and that each depends on a cer­tain magic hap­pen­ing dur­ing the record­ing. Well, this is def­in­itely the case here. “Snake Ice” is based more on a synth drone, while “Dir Tup” has heavy gui­tar and flute over­tones, but both are inter­est­ing, albeit not extremely ori­ginal drone tracks.

It should be clear that this split LP is cer­tainly recom­men­ded if you’re into freefolk, drones, exper­i­mental elec­tron­ica, or ideally all of the above. Two prom­ising pro­jects have joined forces on an excel­lent offer­ing here.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

Gult­skra Artik­ler:
1. Per­vie Gusli (4:15)
2. Figase (5:08)
1. Berezka Take 2 (3:19)

Lan­terns
4. Snake Ice (7:57)
5. Dir Tup (4:44)