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Georgian multimedia artist Andro Gogibedashvili provides a further example of his "spherical ambient" concept on "Ganbana", bringing a private press new age into a new era. Like Shackleton x IASOS.
Gogibedashvili began working as Saphileaum in 2015 after being inspired by new age and mystical art and ambient, downtempo and dub sounds. Based in Tbilisi, he runs the Theosophy label - an imprint that focuses on spreading the essence of theorophical teachings and meditative ambient music - and the "soul community" Expeditions Above, focused on "inspecting the inner and outer unexplored dimensions and realms."
"Ganbana" follows records for Good Morning Tapes and Constellation Tatsu, and attempts to build out Gogibedashvili's vision for the uninitiated. His music is hard to easily define - its roots are in the sort of DIY private press new age music Not Not Fun's Britt Brown has spent years excavating, but it's not simply an exercise in replication. By augmenting breathy, meditative atmospheres with itchy hand drum rhythms and unusual samples, Gogibedashvili creates a sound that gazes towards the stars, rather than the past.