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Stroom reach inside the head of Ingus Baušķenieks to reveal a private world of Latvian reggae, shimmering Baltiearic beats, synthpop and ambient audities on their latest charm of a compilation...
Recorded between 1988 - 2011, Baušķenieks’ ‘Spoki’ treads a path as unique as any of the artists on Stroom before him, offering a sound that’s simultaneously familiar yet definitely otherworldly in a way that only comes from following instincts wherever they go.
Channelling the spirits of Mike Oldfield and Jean Michel Jarre as much as Englebert Humperdinck or Fleetwood Mac, these ten tracks, drawn from numerous releases and phases, range from colourfully-plumed avian enigma in ‘Kur Tu Esi?’, thru to lilting reggae-pop herrings in ‘Roni’, and floating ambient-pop house in ‘Lidojums Uz Sauli’, with crystalline highlights to be found in the deep dream sequence of ’19.10.89’, and the eerily romantic shimmy of ‘Meness Klajuma (Abari Gani)’.
Ultimately Baušķenieks’ approach to music as art can be summed up in a statement by his father, that “the collective art is not art at all.” In that context, his music gives a road map to his personalised imagination, an escapist’s paradise of dreamily optimistic melodies, effortless grooves and wistful atmospheres that externalise his interior life to reveal a dream shared by many, but not necessarily a collective one.