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Russian-Armenian artist Aleksandra Evseeva aka Andra Ljos looks to Greek mythology for inspiration on her second solo album, combining organ riffs, temple bells, harp samples and flute sounds to create folky new-age ambience that materializes just outside the pineal gland.
Evseeva is an old hand at ambient music, having done her time as a member of St. Petersburg trio 2muchachos, alongside Vladimir Karpov (X.Y.R.). But 'Fountain of Inspiration' isn't exactly ambient; using just an organ and a sampler, Evseeva commands a sound that feels as mythical and gossamer draped as the waterlogged stories that inspired it.
She wanted it to sound "holy and harrowing", and uses samples of strings, sitar and percussion to flesh out her wobbly organ jams. The result is music that slots in-between the forest folk of Finnish label Fonal and the wyrd drones of US heroes Jewelled Antler, while also sitting comfortably alongside forgotten Euro exotica deployments from Belgium's ace STROOM imprint.