Boomkat Product Review:
Our first introduction to the oneiric theatrical soundtracks of Lithuanian composer Giedrius Kuprevičius with a reissue of his 1994 gem, including 30 mins of unreleased gear - a must check for fans of Spencer Clark, Pekka Airaksinen, downbeat Rephlexian oddities, Laurie Anderson’s ‘Home of The Brave’, Art of Noise, the Anthony Manning / Irdial axis!
Coming from a label that specialises in obscure, archival and forgotten releases, this one’s a real pearl. Originally created for a theatre play staged in 1994 in Kaunas, Lithuania. Giedrius Kuprevičius was one of the founding members of the pioneering electronic pop outfit Argo and had written dozens of scores for stage and film, imbuing his soundwork with a multitude of artful moods and emotive depth, on display here in a distinctly Eastern European, VHS style.
It fits in with all those aforementioned late 80’s / early 90’s weirdos, but we’re most reminded of the sheer technolust and wonder of Laurie Anderson’s ‘Home of the brave’, crossed with a kind of purist energy that would later come to typify Sleeparchive’s earliest incarnation as Skanfrom, and much of the Irdial label’s intersection with retro-futurist ideas - especially Anthony Manning’s quasi-baroque electro fascinations.
A contemplative, celestial electronic work rendered in a synthetic, often beautiful ambient style which breezily swings with exquisite analogue synth textures and infinity loops. Jazz spontaneity and organic pop impulses lift the meditative veil, ending with a climactic final scene: a sensuous reverie complete with shedding light and gently opening synapses.