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Runtime: 54'30''

«In little over two months, Philip and Ilia from St. Petersburg return with a new Jazzy ambient release called 'Still Fire'. This new work is perhaps heavier on the dramatic side, thanks to some deliberate connections to a couple of works from film director David Lynch: Twin Peaks the TV series and Inland Empire, a 2006 movie which has a most convenient plot connection to Eastern Europe countries, namely Poland. Both 'Lynchean' works tell stories around girls who get into complex episodic troubles of some sort. Anyway, Philip uses some well placed samples to strenghten the dramatic tone of the Still Fire pieces.

This album is a lot different from 'Un[view]mask[ed]'. While the previous release was strongly supported by rhythmic patterns and loops - via sampled drums and bass lines, among several other instruments - 'Still Fire' is a completely beat-free ambient experience, with Ilia Belorukov's trademark sax punctuating occasionally the dense drone surroundings with distinct reverbed phrasings and sounds.
If you're into space-ambient-jazz you can't miss this release.»

Now, Philip Croaton speaks of Still Fire:

«Still Fire was an inalienable part of my Unachievable – a dark, noise-drone album. And after I've finished recording of bass part for SF, I had an idea to put in this composition another instrument – saxophone. I gave first version of SF to Ilia Belorukov with a green light to making everything he likes into it.
At the end we had a strong saxophone-based line as an add to minimalistic bass part, which became a powerful duet.

After some time, I decided to continue the storyline of SF. So I began thinking about a concept, and replaced bass with electric guitar. And because I really enjoyed Ilia's ideas on SF, I was sure that he would take a part on SF II.
Third part of Still Fire became completive, generalized and fully independent of previous parts. It took all the best of SF and SF II with an extension of new ideas, which made it unique. Once again Ilia Belorukov took part on the writing process with some saxophone additions.» - Pedro Leitão


Downloads:

01 • Still Fire I ................................................................................ pt us
  [16'54'' • 26,5Mb • VBR]
02 • Still Fire II .............................................................................. pt us
  [16'01'' • 25,6Mb • VBR]
03 • Still Fire III ............................................................................. pt us
  [21'35'' • 32,6Mb • VBR]
  • artwork ................................................................................... pt  
  [PDF-Zip • 3,00Mb]
  • all tracks + artwork ................................................................ pt us
  [Zip • 87,5Mb]

Reviews:

«Nova corrida, nova viagem, a segunda da dupla russa de S. Petersburgo, formada por Ilia Belorukov e Philip Croaton, na test tube. A primeira aconteceu no volume 135 da netlabel portuguesa, um drone longo e contínuo de perto de uma hora, carregado de surpresas e acidentes de um percurso enfunado pelas velas da electroacústica ambiental. O mesmo figurino é agora retomado, de novo servido pelos saxofones de Ilia Belorukov e pelas atmosferas induzidas por sons contínuos da parafernália electrónica espectral de Philip Croaton, típicas de certas correntes em voga na Europa de Leste, que inclui diversos cordofones electrificados, processamento de saxofone e de voz humana em computador e outros efeitos. Em comparação com a edição anterior, que data de há poucos meses, Still Fire, desdobrado nos segmentos I, II e III, põe de lado os beats durante a sua maior parte da duração e deixa-se convenientemente deslizar para tonalidades cinza de dark ambient, com um toque de industrialismo que acrescenta tensão e dramatismo à imagética cinematográfica que atravessa toda a obra. Por estas razões, são maiores a eficácia e o proveito estético relativamente ao anterior Un[view]mask[ed]. Para meu gosto, pelo menos.»
- Eduardo Chagas [Jazz Arredores] / November 27, 2008

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