Boomkat Product Review:
VAAGNER/VAKNAR assemble ambient music's great and good on this benefit compilation in aid of Ukraine. Featuring Perila, Buttechno, X.Y.R., Burago, and more.
Almost expectedly it's Perila who immediately impresses on this one. Yet again her syrupy production is an apt foil for all the softboi ambient that's clogging up the digital fatpipes right now. There's no weepy nostalgia here, it's all depth, passion and pure sensuality. Pavel Milyakov, aka Buttechno, also hits fertile ground with his claggy 'January'. Flickering like an old 8mm short, it refracts cooling pads over breathy electrified woodwind and squeezes out emotion like moisture from a damp sponge.
On 'Stealing Beauty', St. Petersburg's Vladimir Karpov (aka X.Y.R.) follows his recent releases for Not Not Fun and Good Morning Tapes with another crackly mid-point between vintage library music and swampy forest folk, while Moscow's Vtgnike concludes the compilation with the FM-blessed 'Lumturia'.