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Boomkat Product Review:
Pianist and composer Ilya Beshevli returns to Village Green with three-track EP
"‘Primary Source’ sees Ilya Beshevli continue along the musical path forged by previous albums ‘Wanderer’ and ‘Night Forest’, both also released on Village Green. Following ‘Night Forest’, ‘Wanderer’ was an emotive, piano-led insight into bustling, ever-changing inner city life - specifically Moscow, where the musician now resides. The album was also in part influenced by the contrasting escapism that momentary departure from the noise and distractions of a city can bring. Ilya's beautiful compositions have been compared to that of Yann Tiersen and Ludovico Einaudi, but with his own distinctly Siberian take on the modern classical genre.
On ‘Primary Source’, Beshevli's melodic and emotive style is intensified by the Babelsberg Orchestra, conducted and orchestrated by fellow composer and label-mate Matt Dunkley. Opening track ‘Morning Sun’ is structured around repeating broken chords and a cascading piano melody, calling to mind the new dawn that the track’s title alludes to. ‘Tangled Thoughts’, meanwhile, offers a more pensive mood with swells of rising strings and an increasingly insistent piano motif. The EP closes with ‘Primary Source’ – a more subdued affair, exhibiting the development of the kind of tantalising melody Beshevli has become so proficient at creating.”