Boomkat Product Review:
Massage parlour new age ambient rub downs from Vladimir Karpov, lilting in the glistening wake of turns for Good Morning Tapes and Constellation Tatsu
Back to soothe nerves and smush temples with his longtime patrons at NNF, Karpov’s latest lands typically gentle on the mind with a sequence of soft focus timbres coaxed from his trusty Soviet “formant” synth. We can only vouch for its efficacy as a relaxation aid as it effortlessly calms our caffeine-tweaked nerves with a dream sequence of baubly harmonics and whispered melodies, with no sharp edges to snag your floppy body.
“Inspired by vintage Soviet cartoons, nature documentaries, and his own colorful aquarium fish, the album’s seven songs share a mood of contemplative depths and dizzying beauty, adrift in deepwater currents and bioluminescent tides. Hazy tones swell and swirl while crystalline keys, loops, and echoes swim in the periphery, rising like bubbles to the surface.
Karpov describes these compositions as flights of fantasy, born of an oceanic muse as idyllic as it is infinite. It’s music simultaneously serene and cinematic, conjuring blue horizons of kelp forests swaying above rainbow reefs, casting shadowplay on sandy floors. A realm both real and imagined, submerged but transcendent, rippling from the mind’s eye to the great beyond.”