06 Sep 2017

Astrowind – Somewhere The Music Had Been Played

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Track List

1. Somewhere The Music Had Been Played
2. Wind Playing Far
3. Straight Before The Rain
4. Alleys
5. In The Park
6. Rusty Radar Operator With Piano In His Head
7. Echopark
8. Park Walk
9. Meditation

Astrowind - Somewhere The Music Had Been Played

Astrowind (Kirils Lomunovs) is Latvia based sound and video artist. Starting from the early 90-ties he represents essential experimental electronic music and alternative musical stage of Latvia.

For the last few years in consequence of his own activities his music was published in such countries as Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, Turkey, Spain, USA, Ukraine and Russia.

Deep interest of sound exploration led K. Lomunovs to participate and establish several dissimilar musical projects and to try to invent his own sound.

Being true to analog sound and experiment in the form of live improvisation with old Soviet and Japanese analog synthesizers and effects K. Lomunovs invented experimental and authentic music style - Paleopsychedelic ambient and also realized a Glitch-Hop project Kriipis Tulo. The style of Paleopsychedelic ambient brightly represented and continues to develope within Astrowind project established by K. Lomunovs in 2006.

“Somewhere The Music Had Been Played” represents Paleopsychedelic ambient again. Once issued on "Resting Bell” label in 2007, edited version this feature certainly worth to be reissued in more "touchable" media today in full-length.

Recorded on tape recorder during live improvisations at Tokctoka studio in Riga in August 2007, but it still represents contemporary sound.

All the tracks are left untreated and unprocessed as they were on original tapes. All where improvised on analog hardware. Analog synths and echo machines speak a language each one understands well. Astrowin brings out unordinary nostalgic melancholic paleopsychedelic experimental ambient music with a distinctly spatial nature and territorial associative relation to a region of Baltic Sea.

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Release Date: April 04, 2014
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01 Sep 2017

Astrowind Fresh Wind – In The Valley Of Dreams

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Track List

1 - Wind on the Plain
2 - Case with the Colonel Aleksey Leonov
3 - Lost and Found on the Moon
4 - Mute Pilots
5 - Out of Time
6 - Prism
7 - Aleksey Leonov See Dreams
8 - The Return
9 - Pereval
10 - Geocomp
11 - Nocturne for the Different Moons
12 - Questions Left Unanswered

Astrowind Fresh Wind - In The Valley Of Dreams

Many Astrowind’s tracks are themed in outer space and its secrets – ambient music attempts to grasp the unknown.

Astrowind offers a spiral of accumulated experience of what has been seen, heard, dreamt and read, the desire to get away beyond the horizon of consciousness and sub-consciousness through musical experience.

The album is dedicated to the cosmonaut Aleksey Leonov - the first man in outer space and a person who has always appealed to the author. Such tracks as The Case with Colonel Aleksey Leonov, Lost and Found on The Moon, Mute Pilots and Aleksey Leonov See Dreams are also inspired by the movie 2010: The Year We Make Contact (a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey) which tells the story of an American-Russian space crew flying to the Jupiter System on a ship named after Aleksey Leonov. The author hopes that Aleksey Leonov will hear this record. This tracks greet him.
The album’s title track, Wind on the Plain, has been named after Debussy’s Le Vent de la plaine. This is a tribute to the composer who has been an inspiration for Astrowind for a long time.

The album was recorded in collaboration with Mahi Bukimi. Kriipis Tulo is grateful to Mahi Bukimi for his contribution in the recording of this album.

The album provides a fusion of nostalgic echoes of Soviet news broadcasts, an echo of old radio sets and the cinematic patina of artwork by censored Soviet filmmakers. These are islands of memory, the past overcoming the future.

REVIEWS

Against The Odds / Chris Antonoff

Kriipis Tulo is a prominent sound designer whose long been regarded as one of the key figures of the Latvian electronic music scene. In his latest release he made heavy use of vintage synthesizers for a truly dark, eerie and cold feeling. Listening to Fresh Wind In The Valley Of Dreams will set one's mind to wander in various directions only to find melancholy and desperation waiting at the end. You can really feel the beauty and the coldness of the digital in Tulo's music which offers an intricate and spectacular transition into a whole another dimension of existence. His music creates beautiful, harsh and desolate soundscapes in which your imagination to roam. If our everyday life becomes a pattern of zeros and ones Kriipis Tulo's music may very well be the soundtrack if it enriched by the machines' cold embrace. With its complexity and unorthodox approach Tulo's album is sure to find its way to many new followers in the realm of experimental music.

A Closer Listen / Jeremy Bye

Space has long been a source of fascination and inspiration for electronic musicians; clips from NASA recordings have been used to give an extra depth to ambient works pretty much since the genre began. Kriipis Tulo, the Latvian musician who records as Astrowind, is no different. Fresh Wind In The Valley Of Dreams is inspired by – and dedicated to – cosmonaut Aleksey Leonov, the first man to walk in space and, later, the commander of the Russian half of the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975 which saw the United States and the Soviet Union work together in space for the first time.

As might be expected, clips of Leonov’s space flights make their way into Tulo’s work but they just about avoid cliché and remain unobtrusive. It is perhaps that first space-walk that informs this album more, with a real sense of weightlessness in many of the tracks; with little in way of percussion or bass, the synths and organs here sound as if they are floating without anything to anchor them to the earth. It certainly makes for an atmospheric ambient album, and there’s enough detail, outside of the radio clips, to hold the interest. Alternatively, aside from the slightly clunky transitions between tracks it’s possible to let the album play in the background and imagine drifting weightless in space oneself.

If there’s one failing of Fresh Wind In The Valley Of Dreams, it’s that Tulo favours atmosphere over anything distinctive or memorable in his arrangements. The downside of the consistency across the album is that it lacks a little character and it’s really only the piano on the penultimate track “Nocturne for Different Moons” that adds something new to the mix. As it stands, though, Astrowind has made a thoughtful album to soundtrack our dreams, as we gaze to the skies and wonder.

Migrate Music News / Jordan C. Small

Kriipis’ tracks are so far out there that I believe that he has come in contact with aliens through his voyage through space and sound. He presents his artwork in a way that allows the listener to feel as though they are sitting next to him in the cockpit of a rocketship, and the only thing there is to hear is the deafening sound of the rocket fuel buring behind them; that sound is exactly what Kriipis is attempting to portray to the listener. Although the rhythm is subtle, it is still possible to sense Kriipis’ portrayal of time. Kriipis’ art can only be described as profound, but only so if you, reader, close your eyes and imagine a vast void of outer space in front of you. This is a very well put together album.

We at Migrate only have mad props to give. Myself, being very interested in the vast reaches of space as well, am very intrigued by Kriipis Tulo’s exploration into deep space. Lastly, I must say that this album would be a perfect addition to any astrological collection of bits and bobs, but also just any old record collection. So, reader, I suggest you buy this album, get your telescope out on the front lawn, and listen to this record while gazing at the stars; you might hear more than you bargained for.

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Release Date:  February 10, 2012
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29 Aug 2017

Astrowind

Astrowind

Astrowind is Kirils Lomunovs a.k.a Kriipis Tulo from Latvia who has been featured as a key figure of the Latvian electronic music scene for producing some of the most essential experimental electronic and ambient music of the past years. Astrowind creates deep music with help of vintage analog synthesizers and open-reel tape recorder. Astrowind released several significant albums which declared forward-looking style – Paleopsychedelic ambient.

Sven Swift says, "Astrowind got the harmonies and the sound to become one of the most interesting Baltic acts to emerge from a scene rich of innovative musicians." After releasing a few works on underground music labels, Astrowind took his place on Fluttery Records.

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05 Apr 2014

Latvian ambient music strikes again: Astrowind

astrowind_4Kirils Lomunovs is Latvia based sound and video artist. Starting from the early 90­ties he represents essential experimental electronic music and alternative musical stage of Latvia.

For the last few years in consequence of his own activities his music was published in such countries as Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, Turkey, Spain, USA, Ukraine and Russia.

Deep interest of sound exploration led K. Lomunovs to participate and establish several dissimilar musical projects and to try to invent his own sound.

In the beginning of 90­ties he performed as a percussionist in different bands, including the Latvian cult Indie­Rock band Inokentijs Marpls . In the middle of the 90­ties he changed his direction to Dance­Punk acting in collective Yaputhma Sound System the popular and wide known in Riga those days. In the 2000’s he focused on sound research and confidently continued on his work in the field of experimental electronic music and actual sound art.

Being true to analog sound and experiment in the form of live improvisation with old Soviet and Japanese analog synthesizers and effects K.Lomunovs invented experimental and authentic music style ­ Paleopsychedelic ambient and also realized a Glitch­Hop project Kriipis Tulo. The style of Paleopsychedelic ambient brightly represented and continues to develope within Astrowind project established by K.Lomunovs in 2006.

“Somewhere The Music Had Been Played” represents Paleopsychedelic ambient again. Once issued on a net label „Resting Bell” as edited version in 2007 this feature certainly worth to be reissued in more „touchable” media today in full­length. Recorded on tape recorder during live improvisations at Tokctoka studio in Riga in August 2007, but it still represents contemporary sound.

All the tracks are left untreated and unprocessed as they were on original tapes. All were improvised on analog hardware. Analog synths and echo machines speak a language each one understands well. Astrowind brings out unordinary nostalgic melancholic paleopsychedelic experimental ambient music with a distinctly spatial nature and territorial associative relation to a region of Baltic Sea.

Starting the 2007 seven albums are published:
„The Night The Stars Flew”(2007), „Into Vernadsky” (2007), „Somewhere The Music Had Been Played” (2007), „Fresh Wind In The Valley Of Dreams” (2008, re­issed on Fluttery records in 2012), „Der Leuchtturm” (2008), „Kurland” (2009), „Kaidanovsky” (2012).

In 2012 in Italy the latest Astrowind album „Kaidanovsky” was published as a tribute to the great Russian actor and film director Alexander Kaidanovsky, which played a role of Stalker in worldwide known Andrey Tarkovsky movie “Stalker”.

Kaidanovsky was an extraordinary artist with incredible erudition and wide academic knowledge. He adapted works of Tolstoy and Borges in movies, participated the Jury of Cannes Film Festival in 1994.

Album dedicated to personality of Kaidanovsky and offers a collection of unconventional music for serious­minded listener, provides the alternative soundtracks to the movies of Kaidanovsky („Simple Death”, „Guest”, „Garden”, „The Ascent To Eckhart”), which maybe are less known to general public, than his actor`s works. Certain compositions are replicas to the main actor work of Kaidanovsky – the role of Stalker. Album in general could be taken as alternative soundtrack to “Stalker” movie too.

Part of this album was represented at the annual “Stalker Festival” in Tallin in September 2012. Festival takes place in a former industrial complex areas (nowadays known as Kultuuri Katel), which served as the scenery for Tarkovsky’s famous movie.

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28 Mar 2014

Pre-orders start for Astrowind, Row Boat and Diamond Gloss

April is going to be an amazing month. We worked really hard not to keep you and our artists waiting. We decided to work extra long hours and release these amazing albums one week after another. You will see four new release by Fluttery Records in April. Here is first three.

astrowind-someehere300ASTROWIND
Somewhere The Music Had Been Played

The first release is a re-issue by Latvian ambient / electronic music artist, soundscapes engineer Astrowind. “Somewhere The Music Had Been Played” represents Paleopsychedelic ambient again. Once issued on “Resting Bell” in 2007, edited version this feature certainly worth to be reissued in more “touchable” media today in full-length. PRE-ORDER and hear

rowboat-inbetween300ROW BOAT
In Between

Row Boat has found his place under the gorgeous wings of Fluttery Records and he is releasing his new album on our label. Row Boat is a post-rock / ambient solo project by Mark Wardale. Mark cites several Scandinavian influences behind Row Boat, including classical Nordic sounds.  PRE-ORDER and hear the first track

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Nomawkish

Nomawkish is the second studio album from Portuguese ambient / modern classical project Diamond Gloss after three years. Gonçalo Pereira, return to his studio to record new Diamond Gloss songs which are just amazing. As different mood as “Bears”, which was a more joyful and open album than this new one. Nomawkish is more dark and introspective. PRE_ORDER and hear the first track

Release dates:

April 04, 2014 : Astrowind / Somewhere The Music Had Been Played
April 11, 2014 : Row Boat / In Between
April 18, 2014 : Diamond Gloss / Nomawkish

Again, April will be just amazing; with amazing music and new beauties. All you need is a little more hope and allowing more daylight in your life. Exicited! Excited! Excited!