Artist: Pavel Svimba
I feel that it has been quite a while since I have written a review, and that seems lame, so here is an album that I’d like to recommend!
Pavel Svimba is a moniker, but I would have never known that if I didn’t read it somewhere. Since all knowledge is good knowledge, we should maybe file this piece of info somewhere in the vast vaults known as Your Brain. While you are inside of your brain, take a look around. Revisit your life. Revisit your past, your hopes, your dreams. Revisit the smiles of each one of your friends, every single laugh you have heard, and think about those times you bumped your knee or fell because you were in sych a hurry to play as much as you could.
Now come back out here and let’s chat.
Or better yet, let’s dance!
Life is kind of crazy, you know? Shit keeps happening. Life keeps going forward. The real world is becoming more like the Internet and the Internet keeps becoming more like the real world. There is a neverending barrage of New Food Stuffs at fast food chains and marijuana is still illegal in most places for seemingly no good reason. I dunno. Life, it’s trippy.
When listening to Space Babuska, you get the feeling that Pavel Svimba has been paying attention to life a bit. He’s certainly paying attention to the music that accompanies life much like Mansell’s scores accompany an Aronofsky movie.
Space Babuska is a wonderful and unique blend of various styles of music. From the more Flute-in-Finnish-Forest sounds of Huopatossu Mononen to the DMT Beach Parties of Lemon Slide. From the heavy bass and percussion of Mandalavandalz to even delicately rolling melodies of classic Platipus Records and Goa Trance; this album tweaks them all.
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The album also sounds singular and specific. This isn’t an ADHD smash&grab either.
The flow of songs on here move quite well from one to the next and yet the tracks vary enough to offer multiple different options for DJs who like to play a variety of styles and different sounding sets. You can listen to the album front to back without feeling like you are just listening to collection of SoundCloud singles or anything like that and it doesn’t get repetitive or monotonous either.
I’m not a fan of track-by-track reviews, but I’ll give you a short glimpse of what is inside: The album opens with Free Step On It! and with a classic Goa bubbling sound that leads into a funky muted guitar riff as the beach party takes shape. This leads into some nice orchestral strings and the great morning stomp of Space Babushka. I feel I have heard this song and the birds chirping therein many times, but I haven’t. It is just instantly recognizable and I kind of wish that I had had this with me earlier in the summer at ChxFst211.
Then things pick up and we get more fast and upbeat in things. Then we get to the song Narrow Shoulders, which is seriously one of my most favorite songs right now. The deep rock kick and snappy snare mixed with that phat synth and then the lovely Texas-Faggott-meets-Union-Jack-concept-album-from-an-alternate-reality-Platipus-Records comes into play. The song fucking slays me in all the right ways. Good job.
Then things keep getting a bit more rockin’ while still retaining its forest gnome sensibilities. The occasional metal guitar stabs, the flutes and percussion choices, the tweaked samples. The Yellow Snail Man -> Fuckin’ Brains sequence gets into some of that Suomi UFO Encounter stuff and then it ends with Teknikal Problems, a short little ditty that kind of wraps things up.
And with that weird ending, I shall close this review. The album is good. It is fun and it is matching my mood right now. There are no bad tracks but there are definitely a couple of massively standout ones too! Maybe life’s days are like this album; never a bad day but definitely some great ones mixed in too…