Boomkat Product Review:
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.
With releases on Not Not Fun and Constellation Tatsu, Karpov has built up a sturdy reputation in the nu new age scene. "Anciente" might be his most convincing set to date though, focusing the heady psychedelic experiments of his last decade into two 20-minute explorations into utopian daydreaming and meditative fourth world moods.
Both tracks adopt a similar fusion of slow, human rhythms, waved-out pads and picturesque field recording, but the album rarely overstays its welcome as Karpov obsesses over the repetition and world-building. Loops don't just repeat, they grow and flow like a mystical stream through an unfamiliar land; the music grips you and drags you through its psychedelic spiral and there's little left to do but lie back and enjoy the trip.